If you try to buy local food and support UK producers, you could also aim to drink more English wine.
The UK now has a thriving wine making industry and quality is high, especially for the traditional method sparkling wine. Many high street wine shops and supermarkets have some of the top wines made in the UK, including Borough Wines and Lea and Sandeman in London and online, The Wine Society has a good selection. The Wine Pantry is a bar in central London selling exclusively English wines, spirits and produce.
DrinkBritain is an excellent website showcasing visitor friendly wineries. The website also provides regular news about Britain’s drinks makers and quirky facts about the best of British produce. There are lots of ideas for great days out, ideal to occupy visiting relatives or to do something different if you are planning to visit the UK.
One of the UK’s most popular winery destinations in a holiday hotspot is Camel Valley in North Cornwall, on the famous Camel Trail and close by sea-foodie fishing village, Padstow, home to chef Rick Stein’s fish restaurants and hotels.
A cottage overlooking the sea is a great city escape whatever the weather. For accommodation ideas in Cornwall, see here.
English Wine Week runs during the Whitsun half term, see English Wine Producers website for events.