For years, many Brits have dreamt of the 'good life' complete with home-grown produce and food foraged from the local area. Today, following this lifestyle is getting easier by the day, with the flourishing farm-to-table movement convincing more farmers to sell their products to nearby stores and restaurants. Foraging guides are providing thousands of snack-seekers maps and information about nearby goodies, from blackberries to wild mushrooms.
Whether you’re keen to source food directly from nature or want to dine responsibly on local produce, here’s where to look.
The Stray Head Banks woodlands in North Yorkshire are among the most fertile in the country. Firms like Taste the Wild and The Wild Woodsmen offer amateurs every opportunity to pick up tips (and edible mushrooms).
For a bit of luxury, you'll find the Michelin-starred Black Swan at Oldstead serves up locally grown and foraged foods. What's more, properties like this four-bedroom detached house in nearby Thirsk could be yours for around £490,000.
Home to Coombeshead Farm, one of the UK’s finest farm-to-fork restaurants, Lewannick also provides easy access to natural beauties like Bodmin Moor and the Lynher Valley.
As well as offering fertile lands with many wild plants, the Cornish seashore is an excellent place to forage for seaweed, shellfish and more. Local businesses and foraging experts like Fat Hen and Rachel Lambert can guide you to the good stuff. Equally, a period two-bed semi in the area can be picked up for only £275,000.
The medieval village of Cartmel lies just to the south of the Lake District National Park. It's home to one of the farm-to-table movement’s biggest icons: Simon Rogan, owner of the much-loved L’Enclume.
Properties like this three-bed detached house in Kendal offer easy access to gems like L’Enclume, as well as the delights of the Lakes. You'll even get the opportunity to forage for the elusive pignut in nearby Dufton Ghyll Wood.
Located between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, Wrington is the perfect place to ease into the rural lifestyle. The Ethicurean serves up local produce from a Victorian walled garden. Nearby woods like Rowberrow Warren are available to foragers and you can find handy courses in Bristol and Somerset on goforaging.co.uk.
Properties in the area are spacious and full of character, like this five-bed detached house in nearby Blagdon, available for £595,000. Start your hunt today.