Epicurean Wanderlust

Dream Destinations on your Doorstep

What a wonderful last few months it's been reminiscing over your beautiful Epicurean Wanderlust photos. Thank you so much to everyone who entered and a huge congratulations to our winners! Scroll through their wonderful photos below and feel inspired to fulfil your own travel dreams around the British countryside. Here's to creating many more memories and to discovering those special places on your doorstep!

Week 1 Winner: The New Forest

Epicurean Wanderlust by @robusto22: "Solent Skies..."

Doesn't this look utterly idyllic? Never ending blue skies reaching across the solent and a New Forest pony for company.

A picturesque place, perfect for walking, cycling, horse riding and more.

If this is one of your dream destinations to explore, click here for our favourite New Forest escapes.

Week 2 Winner: South Downs National Park

Epicurean Wanderlust by @eline_of: "Near Chilgrove and the White Horse"

Escape here for a magical woodland adventure.

Not far from The White Horse, Chilgrove, this spot is perfect for beautiful sunlit walks through ancient trees and wild flowers. You might even spot roe deer too!

Our favourite is the White Horse Country Walk; explore picturesque woodland and stunning views that provide a true feeling of escape.

Week 3 Winner: Mere, Cheshire

Epicurean Wanderlust by @julesr40: "Cheshire country walks & making new friends along the way...I can't wait to revisit the stunning countryside again & embrace every moment!"

Cheshire, known for its picturesque rural villages, dramatic countryside landscapes and gorgeous green gardens. A place where you will be spoilt for choice for beautiful walking routes. We highly recommend stopping off in both Cholmondeley and Mobberley, two charming villages, and garden enthusiasts should head to Cholmondeley Castle - a delightful early nineteenth century Gothic castle with turrets and battlements and beautiful gardens.

Week 4 Winner: Blakeney, Norfolk

Epicurean Wanderlust by @poppylishe: "Walking along the High Street in Blakeney & visiting the Deli for their famous sausage rolls...Yum...I'll be back there soon"

The charming coastal village of Blakeney is a seaside spot we'll be dreaming about too. Can you spot The White Horse, Blakeney at the bottom of the street? Close to the village harbour, this cosy, coastal-style inn is the perfect base to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Make sure to follow the coastal path north to Cley-next-the-Sea to catch this pink sunset sky. A magical moment captured by Poppy.

Week 5 Winner: Alton

Epicurean Wanderlust by @melissajaneday: "Somewhere over the rainbow. Love this picture of the horses and the colours behind them, the rainbow just makes it extra special now."

Alton, a thriving market town which boasts period charm. Drive ten minutes from Alton town centre, and find yourself surrounded by sweeping fields in all directions. Keep an eye out for The Anchor Inn. This idyllic country inn is one of Hampshire's best kept secrets - once you visit you will want to keep it that way!

Week 6 Winner: Turnberry, Ayrshire

Epicurean Wanderlust by @bubbsyching: "I'm part way through visiting all the lighthouses in the UK. Beacons of light and hope, they keep us safe from danger."

Who else has a bucket list of spots to visit in Britain? One to add to your list is Hurst Point Lighthouse, located right by The Mayflower in Lymington. To get there, drive 10 minutes to Keyhaven and either walk 1.4 miles along Hurst Spit, or take the Hurst Castle Ferry and enjoy a boat trip over. ⁣We can assure you the view over the solent won't disappoint!

Week 7 Winner: Great Britain

Epicurean Wanderlust by @joyful_life_of_jo: "We both enjoy exploring the outdoors and finding the beauty of nature. It's amazing how the harshness of the stone is met with the softness of the skies, and fluidity of the sea. Waiting for our next adventure!"⁣

Where will your next adventure take you? With our Epicurean Passports, enjoy travelling the best of Britain through our nationwide Collection of the best British inns and pubs. See some special itineraries created to inspire your own great British adventure.

Week 8 Winner: Windermere Lake

Epicurean Wanderlust by @4grandmafun: "As dawn breaks over Lake Windermere & the mist rises I capture the moment and yearn to paint this scene. The gentle sound of the water lapping against the boats."

What a view! Spot the mountains in the distance. A tranquil majestic place, famous for its captivating countryside landscape. We recommend staying at The Punchbowl Inn, a luxury Lake District character inn, to explore this special spot.

Week 9 Winner: The Welsh Borders

Epicurean Wanderlust by @it.makes.you.wander: "Looking forward to being able to visit the Welsh borders again."

Who else is dreaming about visiting these luscious green rolling hills? If this is you, we have a Welsh Borders Passport Itinerary which may tickle your fancy.

Escape to the Welsh Borders and expect to be wowed on this adventure through some of the most scenic landscapes in Britain.

The dramatic Black Mountains and magical Wye Valley are two must sees! Click here to discover more.

Week 10 Winner: Dittisham, South Devon

Epicurean Wanderlust by @linziloop: "Oh how we love Dittisham. Is there a more beautiful place in South Devon?"

South Devon is a truely special spot. An Epicurean Club South Devon favourite is the Cary Arms and Spa. Perched on the rocks beside the sea in beautiful Babbacombe, this inn is a soul-soothing hideaway offering luxury accommodation for its guests. Escape here for a spectacular seaside retreat.

Overall Winner: Mells, Somerset

Epicurean Wanderlust by @helenray_: "You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is a scene from a Provençal farmhouse when instead it was the view from our room at The Talbot Inn - a honey hued coaching inn set around a cobbled courtyard in the heart of rural Somerset. Beautiful rooms, delicious food and the warmest hospitality. I can't wait to explore more of our gorgeous countryside and coast when we can roam free once more."⁣⁣⁣

The Talbot Inn is certainly a special place, with it's warren of snug rooms and passageways, crackling winter fires, rugs on wood floors, flickering candles on old dining tables and a cracking beamed bar for a relaxing pint or two. This stylish, sophisticated Somerset bolthole is a dream escape from the city.