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Seeking real countryside/farm experience of England

Thanks. I've browsed the site and can't find one that offers an experience along with a place to stay. It seems like it's mostly just farms that offer a room.

Jul 23, 2010
giahua in U.K./Ireland

Seeking real countryside/farm experience of England

Hi Everyone, I'm hoping someone can help me.

My wife and I will be visiting England/Scotland/Ireland from the USA, Sept 2nd through 13th.

After flying into London and staying for three nights, we'll be driving through the English countryside on our way to Ludlow and then Edinburgh. Somewhere in between we were hoping to experience a working farm or dairy and learn how the farm operates. We were hoping that we could make our own cheese or help feed the chickens. Also, a farm where they prepare you home cooked meals that you get to share with the family sounds fun and also quite charming.

It would ideally be a bed and breakfast or a room to rent where we can spend a night or two.

Does anyone have any experience with this or can point me in the right direction?

Thanks,

Gia

Jul 21, 2010
giahua in U.K./Ireland

Need help with our tour of UK/Ireland!

We were planning on taking a Ryanair flight from Edinburgh to Dublin (only $25!). We can't cut out Dublin since our flight back to the states is Dublin. Thanks for the tip on Harwood Arms, just made a rez on Opentable. Indian food is something we really want to try in London as it's a bit weak here in San Francisco. (North Indian is a bit Americanized here, but South Indian food is getting really popular here and tastes more authentic.) I can search the archives for recs on that.

We plan to buy cheese in the morning and indulge on cheeses throughout the day. Do the cheese shops have good wine to sell to pair with the cheese? We loved in Paris that every cheese shop had the perfect wine to pair with whatever cheese they sold. Also, is it legal to drink in public parks in London?

May 13, 2010
giahua in U.K./Ireland

Need help with our tour of UK/Ireland!

We are still debating about a day trip to outside of Dublin. Is three days too much time for just Dublin?

May 13, 2010
giahua in U.K./Ireland

Need help with our tour of UK/Ireland!

On our list now!

May 13, 2010
giahua in U.K./Ireland

Need help with our tour of UK/Ireland!

We are not dead-set on Manchester. We are weighing our options right now and could be easily convinced to go elsewhere...

May 13, 2010
giahua in U.K./Ireland

Need help with our tour of UK/Ireland!

Thanks for the whisky maps! Hopefully my liver can keep up with the travels. I'm just looking forward to driving on the left side of the road.

May 13, 2010
giahua in U.K./Ireland

Need help with our tour of UK/Ireland!

Wow. thanks for the all the info. The Borough Market is definitely on the list now. We may try to extend our London leg of the trip. We will be driving from London to Edinburgh and the Lake District looks like a must. I'm still having trouble finding the farm experience but I'll keep looking.

Thanks,

Gia

May 13, 2010
giahua in U.K./Ireland

Need help with our tour of UK/Ireland!

Hello fellow Chowhounds,

I've been a longtime lurker on Chowhound. Chowhound has been a fantastic resource for planning my honeymoon in Argentina and last year's trip to NYC; this is in addition to the great finds I've gotten living here in the SF Bay Area.

Here is the help I need:
The wife and I are traveling the UK and Ireland June 4th thru 17th and have no idea what to eat and where to go.

This is our tentative schedule:
London - 4 days
Oxford and Manchester -3 days
Edinburgh and scotch whiskey tasting - 3 days
Dublin - 3 days

The only things we have so far is that: we are going to St. John and The Kitchin in Edinburgh. (couldn't get into The Fat Duck [does anyone have any tips on getting a rez?])

The tips I was hoping you all could provide are:
1. London - What are the can't miss spots to hit? We enjoy all kinds of food but really want to concentrate on local specialties we can't anywhere else in the world (best black pudding, best high tea, etc.)
2. London - Besides restaurants, are there any street food / food markets that are exceptional?
3. London - Is 4 days enough time to spend in London?
4. Are there any places that we can't miss between London and Edinburgh?
5. Does anyone have any lodging tips for any countryside farms that host visitors and give them the agricultural experience? [milking cows and making cheese and then lunch with the family?]
6. The wife and I are big scotch drinkers and plan to visit some distilleries in Scotland; does anyone have any recommendations?
7. Is there any food reasons to travel outside of Dublin while in Ireland?

Sorry if any of this has been answered before; thanks in advance for the responses!

Thanks

Gia

May 11, 2010
giahua in U.K./Ireland