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Finding excellent food in the Home Counties is not difficult- the wealth of restaurants, pubs and foodie events like food festivals means that you’re never too far away from an excellent meal, and rightly so – with some of the most desirable postcodes in Britain, the Home Counties clearly have a lot going for them. Berkshire has two restaurants that have been awarded three Michelin stars – Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and the Roux family’s The Waterside Inn. Buckinghamshire can also boast gastronomic excellence with The Hand in Flowers, the only pub in Britain to have been awarded two Michelin stars. Headed by the lovely Tom Kerridge, it seems this pub can do no wrong.
The Home Counties comprise of the counties surrounding London: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex (though Sussex does not actually border London). This means that there are endless opportunities for days out – you could spend years exploring these counties, so rich in history and heritage, and never run out of things to see and do.
In Berkshire, see how the other half live at Highclere Castle, perhaps better known as ITV’s Downton Abbey, or don your finest hat for a day at Ascot Racecourse. Kent is the proud home of Hever Castle, the picture-perfect childhood home of Anne Boleyn, one of Britain’s most notorious queens. In Buckinghamshire, delight in the memories of your childhood at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which is perfect for children aged 6-12, before going on to explore the beautiful Cliveden House. Hertfordshire has the Paradise Wildlife Park - the most interactive zoo in Britain is sure to go down a treat with the whole family.