If nipping to your local farmer’s market for an overpriced artichoke or halfheartedly watering the chilli plant on your window ledge is no longer cutting the mustard when it comes to local produce, go several steps further with one of these foraging experiences. Catering to the modern hunter-gatherer, you can be safe in the knowledge that there’ll be a glass of something cold at the end.

Fat Hen Cornwall

It’s pretty simple at this cookery school: forage with a professional ecologist, cook your ingredients, then feast on the fruits of your labour (by candlelight at a long farmhouse table). Named after an edible plant rather than a chubby chicken, Fat Hen celebrates this once staple crop, a spinach-like leaf yielding nutritious grain. From seaweed foraging to shellfish gathering or creating wild canapés, their courses are not only green-fingered but environmentally friendly too; they’re dedicated to minimising their carbon footprint.

  • +44 776 779 2417
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  • Gwenmenhir Boscawen-noon Farm
    St Buryan
    Penzance
    TR19 6EH

Taste the Wild, Yorkshire

Fill your basket and belly with foraged fancies by joining the Taste the Wild crew (as seen on BBCs Escape to the Country and Countryfile). Venturing between the woodlands of North Yorkshire and the saltmarshes of Cumbria, join them in anything from picking fungi, brewing cider, making sausages or even concocting skin and hair products from foraged goods. Honouring wild plants for both body and soul, these guys are wholly committed to sustainability, seasonality and locality.

  • +44 791 429 0083
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  • 1 Thornton Bridge Cottages
    Thornton Bridge
    Helperby
    YO61 2RH

Fishing and Foraging Wales

Chef and forager Matt Powell offers a lesson on luring saltwater creatures in the enigmatic Welsh waters. Bringing the outdoors in, gathered goods (he’ll take you to the forest too) are brought back to the kitchen to be whipped into a meal celebrating the best wild produce in Wales. From humble acorns and gorse flowers to mountain lamb and pot-caught lobster, Matt ensures all things great and small make up your plate.

L’Enclume Cumbria

Simon Rogan’s enchanting Cumbrian hideaway dominates the farm-to-table movement with an iconic riverside restaurant showcasing the finest homegrown, home-picked ingredients. Organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers from the farm take centre stage in the delicately designed menu; this is a lesson in the art of farm-to-fork fare. Book into neighbouring Aulis at L’Enclume for a behind-the-scenes kitchen-dining experience, and while you’re at it you may as well stay the night in one of the charming bedrooms.

  • +44 153 953 6362
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  • Cavendish Street, Cartmel
    Nr Grange over Sands
    Cumbria
    LA11 6PZ

Coombeshead Farm Cornwall

Nestled in the Cornish village of Lewannick, Coombeshead is a working farm, five-bed guesthouse, restaurant and bakery from chefs Tom Adams and April Bloomfield (of The Spotted Pig in New York). Set among 66 acres of woodland snaked with streams, it’s ripe for foraging and the food is exceptional. Expect homemade yoghurt, bread, preserves and freshly milled oats and grains (for overnight guests), and a dinner wild vegetables, smoked bone marrow and local seafood served on a feasting table. With on-site curing and pickling rooms joining a smokehouse, it doesn’t get much better than this.

  • +44 156 678 2009
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  • Coombeshead Farm
    Lewannick
    Cornwall
    PL15 7QQ

Killiehuntly Farmhouse, Scotland Scottish Highlands

At this Danish-owned farmhouse in the Highlands, the minimalism of Scandi living stands alongside the raw serenity of Scottish life as four bedrooms, a cottage, a bothy and a cosy hayloft combine contemporary design with more traditional farmhouse vernacular. Feel the bracing Highland wind on your face on the farm’s catch-and-cook loch fishing experience before heading to the kitchen to salt-bake your catch with the chef. In Scandinavia, plunging into ice-cold water is a hallowed tradition, and Killiehuntly offers multiple opportunities to immerse yourself in nearby pools. Then head to the “sauna yard”, a Scandi-Scotch take on traditional Navajo sweat lodges.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Transforming the sleepy Somerset Village of Bruton with a futuristic gallery set in a Piet Oudolf-designed garden, Hauser & Wirth’s latest creation (it follows Zurich, New York and London) comprises of a farmhouse, gallery, restaurant and garden in the West Country. Replacing traditional farmhouse decor with contemporary art and brightly coloured furnishings, the interior celebrates the antiquity of the 18th-century building by combining expose-brick walls with finds from local vintage shops and salvage yards. Catering to foodies as much as design junkies, a focus on sustainably sourcing sees much of the food sourced from their working farm, Durslade. Look out for monthly events including “uncut” butchery and “unhooked” fishing courses.

  • +44 1749 814 060
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  • Durslade Farm
    Dropping Lane
    Bruton
    BA10 0NL

Middleton Lodge Yorkshire

Amid 200 acres of North Yorkshire countryside, Middleton Lodge is a traditional Georgian Palladian country estate with a contemporary twist. The main house, still home to the Allison family, is available for private hire with 16 bedrooms ornately decorated with antique furnishings, while sandstone buildings across the property further retain the building’s character. With a estate-to-plate ethos at its core, the restaurant eschews fussiness in favour of flavour and quality ingredients. Throw yourself into the many country pursuits – croquet or lavender floristry anyone? – before cosying up by the fire and watching game prance across the lawn.

  • +44 132 537 7977
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  • Kneeton Lane
    Richmond
    North Yorkshire
    DL10 6NJ

Fat Hen

Taste The Wild

Fishing and Foraging

L'enclume

Coombeshead Farm

Killiehuntly Farmhouse

Hauser & Wirth

Middleton Lodge

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