Delicious dining is a big part of any holiday or short break. Whether it’s gathering goodies to enjoy at your South Downs accommodation or heading out for a top-notch meal in one of our wonderful pubs, food and drink in the South Downs is noted for its quality and, most importantly, it’s taste.
South Downs food and drink trails
It can be hard to know where to start with your foodie discoveries though, which is why these food and drink trails are so handy. You can join the trail at any point depending on where you’re staying and it’s easy to get around by public transport or by following one of the walking or cycling routes. You’ll visit farm shops, real ale breweries, cider makers and have numerous opportunities to step into one of our splendid pubs or take time for tea at Gilbert White’s house. The trails give you the chance to visit two of our loveliest market towns too, Petersfield and Midhurst, both at the heart of the South Downs National Park.
Add a bit of sparkle
It’s not just about the food though. The South Downs National Park is home to a host of wineries, craft breweries and distilleries. You can discover the history of beer in the Downs with a trip to Longman Brewery, reputed to date back to 1538. With a workforce from the valley of the Cuckmere river and ingredients grown on the farm, Longman Brewery crafts a true heritage ale. For something a bit more 21st century, head to Langham where you can learn how to make your own craft beer, before taking a tour of their steam-powered brewery.
We’re also noted for our wines and several of our vineyards offer tastings, often with stunning views of the beautiful South Downs National Park. To really get to know the wonderful drinks produced in the area, you may like to join a tour. You’ll be chauffeured around some of the very best wineries to sip and sample fine sparkling wines or perhaps visit Winchester Distillery to enjoy gin and chocolate (a perfect pairing). Many of the tours also include a slap-up lunch at one of our gastropubs.
To find out more, contact us at Visit South Downs today.