Trips with extra bite

Tea and cake taste much better when you combine them with a superb view. Luckily, we can offer your group some of the greatest places to munch your lunch in Britain.

Couple enjoying a picnic at the water's side

Perfect picnics at Stourhead 

With classical temples, mystical grottoes and exotic trees, Stourhead makes for quite a picnic spot. Once you’ve explored the 2,650-acre estate, settle down on the lawns to enjoy a picnic with views across the lake.

A view from above the beach at Birling Gap, East Sussex

Cliff-top café at Birling Gap 

Birling Gap café looks right over the cliff top into the sea below. Enjoy a hot drink before you take on a brisk springtime walk, or pop in for fish and chips caught by local fishermen in nearby Newhaven.

Wheat and grains of flour on a hessian sack

Pick your own flour at Stainsby Mill 

As part of the Hardwick Estate, Stainsby Mill has been producing flour for centuries. You can explore the intricate machinery, learn more about the millers, and even buy Stainsby flour to bake a memento when you get home.

View accross the canal of east front of Erddig

Up the apples and pears at Erddig 

With an orchard boasting over 180 varieties of apples and pears (some of which date back to Roman times) Erddig is a unique place to visit. Learn all about the estate’s history and then relax with a glass of Erddig cider in the restaurant or tea garden.

Autumn leaves at Tattershall Castle

Lunch that flies by at Tattershall Castle 

Visitors to Tattershall Castle are encouraged to picnic in the castle grounds. Enjoy your sandwiches while surrounded by the moat and an imposing keep. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see historic WWII planes flying overhead from RAF Coningsby.

A short stroll will lead you to Attingham's Walled Garden and Orchard

Juicy news from Attingham Park 

Built in 1785, Attingham Park was the backdrop to scandalous marriages, extravagance and bankruptcy. But now all the juiciness comes from the walled garden where you’ll find all sorts of seasonal produce to take home with you

Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire Tudor Great Hall

If music be the food of love 

Rufford Old Hall is one of Lancashire’s finest Tudor buildings. It was also the stomping ground for the young William Shakespeare. Today, you can take a seat in the old kitchen and try a home-baked scone straight from the oven.

Private tour in the High Great Chamber at Hardwick

Take a 16th-century break at Hardwick Hall 

If you’re travelling on the M1, why not stop off at Hardwick Hall (junction 29) to enjoy the 16th century manor house, historic parkland and woods. It certainly beats the motorway service station for scenery, and there’s also a restaurant for you to enjoy a snack or two.

Couple relaxing in the Redwoods Restaurant

A canapé in the canopy 

The Redwoods restaurant at Anglesey Abbey has unspoilt views out into the pinewood forest. With floor to ceiling windows, you’ll be able to enjoy the treetop view with your afternoon tea.