London and South East Food Hub
London has long been a melting pot of people and cultures, and nothing illustrates this better than the city’s diverse culinary scene. Its drink offering is varied too; in fact, it is not uncommon to find a pub hundreds of years old in the same street as a curry house or tapas bar.
A plethora of exciting artisan producers work out of London, including gin distillers, craft beer microbrewers and chocolatiers. Not only that, but you can find the best produce from across Britain at one of London’s many food markets, such as Borough Market near London Bridge. A thriving street food scene has also developed with events held regularly across the city. Home to many world-famous and up-and-coming chefs, London currently boasts 69 Michelin-starred restaurants in 2019, more than Madrid, Rome and Berlin combined.
Outside of the capital, the countryside of the South East is dotted with picturesque vineyards offering award winning wines and traditional breweries while the seaside city of Brighton has vibrant pubs, restaurants and independent producers ready to be discovered. Gourmet Garden Trails is a new tourism product that allows the Travel Trade to browse and plan bespoke gardens and gourmet themed itineraries in the South East. The trails take in everything from accommodation, cookery courses, winery and brewery tours, to visits of English gardens, and aim to give visitors a real taste of England.