From vineyards to distilleries and smokehouses to delis, the Forest of Dean is packed full of fantastic foodie attractions. Here are five of our favourites.
1. Forest Deli
This award-winning cheese shop and delicatessen is located in Coleford, in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Specialising in cheese, the Forest Deli sources outstanding produce from local suppliers – from both sides of the border – wherever possible.
As well as cheese, the Forest Deli serves up an excellent selection of sausage rolls, quiches, and other baked goods. If you’re heading into the Forest of Dean, get in touch with the deli in advance and they’ll make you a mouth-watering picnic to enjoy while you’re out and about.
2. Foxtail Distillery
Over the past few years, the UK craft gin scene has exploded. As @globeandmail says, “In Britain, where the drink was first popularized more than 300 years ago, gin sales have nearly doubled in the last two years to a record £2.2-billion and the number of brands has jumped from around 20 to close to 1,000.”
If you love nothing more than a refreshing gin and tonic at the end of a busy day, a trip to the Foxtail Distillery is a must. Located on the edge of the Forest of Dean, the distillery uses local herbs and botanicals to make a unique spirit that encapsulates the essence of the area.
3. Severn Cider
This part of the world has long been famous for its apples, and no trip to the region would be complete without a visit to a local cider farm. One of our favourites is Severn Cider.
Just a stone’s throw from the Forest of Dean, the multi award winning company has been producing cider at the family farm since 1956. You can visit Severn Cider from Monday to Saturday and try their produce straight from the barrel.
4. Severn and Wye Smokery
The rivers Severn and Wye are two of the best salmon rivers in England. The Severn and Wye Smokery is located right between these two rivers, giving it excellent access to some of the very best fish in the country.
Visit the onsite restaurant and café to sample local wild salmon at its best or head to the nearby food store to pick up some quality ingredients to take home.
5. Parva Farm Vineyard
Although wine may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Forest of Dean, the region is home to some excellent producers. One of our favourites is Parva Farm Vineyard.
Located near Tintern, the vineyard makes high quality red, rose, white, and sparkling wines. Visit the winery to enjoy a tasting and sample this local tipple for yourself.
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