Delicious days outDiscover the winners of the VisitEngland 2020-21 Visitor Attraction Accolades
Every year, VisitEngland highlights the attractions that deliver the best visitor experiences with its Attraction Accolades.
The Quality Food & Drink Accolade is awarded to attractions that serve up top-quality refreshments alongside a memorable day out. Here are the 2020-21 winners, featuring afternoon teas, Sunday roasts and a cocktail or two.
Aerospace Bristol, Bristol
Enjoy a day of supersonic family fun with a journey through more than a century of remarkable aerospace history – and you can expect much more than a typical in-flight meal from a visit to the café. Feast on a delicious range of sandwiches, snacks and drinks, with special children’s options available.
Cannon Hall Farm, South Yorkshire
Sitting in the beautiful Pennine foothills, this family-run attraction has lots to offer – including play areas and the chance to meet hundreds of amazing animals and reptiles. Choose between the Lucky Pup café and White Bull restaurant for a range of culinary treats; the on-site farm shop is also full of tasty souvenirs.
Chelmsford Museum, Essex
Set in the beautiful Oaklands Park, the Chelmsford Museum offers visitors the chance to see, smell, touch and hear the city’s past. The Hive café has been built into the house’s original drawing room and boasts both an extensive, locally sourced menu and breathtaking views of the surrounding park and Rose Gardens.
Creake Abbey, Norfolk
Built in the 13th century, this ruined church of an Augustinian Abbey sits just a few miles south of the north Norfolk coast. The café serves up beautifully seasonal food with regularly changing specials and a delicious Sunday roast. Visit on the first Saturday of the month to experience the farmers’ market.
Plymouth Gin, Devon
Black Friar’s Distillery is the oldest working gin distillery in England, and has been the home of Plymouth Gin since 1793. Discover the history with a guided tour and tasting before relaxing in the elegant and comfortable surroundings of the Refectory Bar and Cocktail Lounge.
Roman Baths, Somerset
Explore 2,000 years of history in the centre of Bath and immerse yourself in Roman life with a visit to the city’s famous eponymous attraction. The wonderfully neoclassical Pump Room Restaurant is a favourite for afternoon tea – sample a delicious meal and sample the spa water, all soundtracked with live music.
Visit Hillbrush, Wiltshire
Home to the UK’s first brushmaking museum for many years, this unique attraction also houses a homeware and gift shop, as well as a 100-cover restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and Sunday roasts. The restaurant exudes comfort and quality, serving up delicious meals created with produce from local suppliers.
Weston Park, Shropshire
Standing in elegant gardens and a vast park designed by ‘Capability Brown’, this 17th-century mansion has a long history of serving up great food. The Granary – Weston Park’s in-house brasserie – has a motto of ‘from estate to plate’, with many ingredients sourced directly from the Walled Garden and Orchards.