Countryside food adventures in the British Isles for couples

How about enjoying breakfast with a view of the mountains, lunch by a river and dinner in a countryside pub? From Cork in Ireland to Chester in England, there are plenty of scenic spots in the British Isles that offer great food. Discover recommendations from other couples and start collecting ideas for that short break you've been thinking about.

Cork, Ireland. Relish Irish food crafted with local produce at Market Lane

1. Cork, Ireland

Relish Irish food crafted with local produce at Market Lane

F Frances
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Cork has a great atmosphere and the pubs and restaurants are buzzing throughout the week. The best restaurant was Market Lane near Anderson Quays. It had a great atmosphere with a varied menu and drinks at the bar. The Jameson Distillery was worth the trip by train. It was very interesting and the Jameson tasting was worth every drop. We also went to Kinsale – which is a beautiful harbour town. We went by bus so got to see all the beautiful countryside. De-stressing tips: Going to the Oliver Plunkett Bar for Live Music and Irish dancing. 

Hastings, England. Thai or middle eastern? Tuck into both, there's space for more

2. Hastings, England

Thai or middle eastern? Tuck into both, there's space for more

S Stephen
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Hastings is such a great town, music is everywhere... Take the old funicular lifts up to Hastings castle or the magnificent country park – a hidden gem, visit St Leonards gardens and Alexandra park, eat at Casa coffee, which is set in an optician shop and serves delicious middle eastern food opposite the seafront in St Leonards, check out the bakery on London road and great Thai food at a boulevard book shop in the wonderful George St in the old town. I saw the wonderful old town, the nature park, the pubs with live music and the endless festivals. I liked everything. 

Llandudno, Wales. Craigside Inn Brewers Fayre serves classic pub food in a homely setting

3. Llandudno, Wales

Craigside Inn Brewers Fayre serves classic pub food in a homely setting

G Gill
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We enjoyed bed and breakfast (Lynton House), good location close to seafront, warm welcome, clean, well equipped bedroom and wonderful breakfast... Eating out at Craigside Inn Brewers Fayre, fish and chips at Pebble Restaurant (nice fish, not too heavily battered). Llandudno is famous for its fish and chip shops and restaurants and we studied the reviews looking for a good one. In the end, the choice was fairly random but we were pleased with our choice. The waitress was nice, and the food was good – fish, chips, choice of mushy or garden peas, bread and butter – £7. 99. 

Windermere, England. Chill at the lake with a coffee, get cocktails for the night at Brown Sugar

4. Windermere, England

Chill at the lake with a coffee, get cocktails for the night at Brown Sugar

D Dale
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Very small and quiet town centre for a Saturday night but this is what we wanted. We went to Tapios for tapas and it was exquisite! Then Brown Sugar for cocktails and a few drinks and called it a night next day. We had a walk around Lake Windermere, had a coffee looking out onto the lake and a bit of window shopping. We got exactly what we wanted from the trip, chilled, laid back peaceful and quiet weekend away to recharge the batteries. The stroll along the lake was nice. 

Donegal, Ireland. Lunch at Biddy's O'Barnes, dinner at a Mexican restaurant – the perfect plan

5. Donegal, Ireland

Lunch at Biddy's O'Barnes, dinner at a Mexican restaurant – the perfect plan

D David
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Weather was cold but dry clear skies a must for the scenery, lunch was at Biddy's O'Barnes a must stop. For dinner we went to a Mexican restaurant in Donegal town which was excellent as well. I found it suitable for anniversary celebration because it's the best town in Ireland. I enjoyed everything. I saw Lough Eske and Donegal bay. I liked relaxing. 

Edinburgh, Scotland. You can't get enough of tattie scones and haggis

6. Edinburgh, Scotland

You can't get enough of tattie scones and haggis

P Phil
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Food was great, I'm already missing tattie, scones and haggis. If you don't mind steps, Edinburgh is a great place to explore on foot. Arthur's Seat is a lot of steps at 800 and some feet high but the views are stunning and if you take the easy route down to Duddingston you can reward yourself with a pint and terrific food at the Sheep Heid. If you've any energy left you can walk into Portobello (seaside). Leith and Dean Village are well worth a look too as are the Bow Bar in Glassmarket and the Ox in Broughton. 

Chester, England. Dine at Hickory's with a view of River Dee

7. Chester, England

Dine at Hickory's with a view of River Dee

L Louise
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The weather was bright & sunny. We had food at Hickory's by the river and couldn't fault it! We then did a pub crawl round the centre and ended up in a lovely pub where we sat and talked for hours. Chester has so many delightful pubs and busy bars, the area by the river is gorgeous. De-stressing tips: Just walked around in the sunshine, looked at the buildings and took in the sights of the city. We strolled through the park towards the river and then up to the wall, it was so relaxing. We went to Hickory's and, as a vegetarian I had looked at the menu beforehand and there's so much choice for everyone! I had the vegetable skewers and added Halloumi, the portion was massive! 

Letterkenny, Ireland. Sweet tooth making a fuss? Indulge in tea and cakes at the Quiet Room

8. Letterkenny, Ireland

Sweet tooth making a fuss? Indulge in tea and cakes at the Quiet Room

P Paul
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Weather was fair, but food was great. Had tea and sweet deserts in the Quiet Room in Letterkenny town which was excellent. Drove through Glenveagh National Park and around the foot of Mount Errigal, absolutely stunning. De-stressing tips: Hotel pool, eating, walking outdoors and sightseeing. My romantic experience: Walking in the mountain area. 

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