9 food and drink tours to tickle the taste buds

Various, UK

Feast your eyes on these fab food tours says Holly Douthwaite.

A love of good food unites us all, no matter your tastes, (unless you like mint chocolate ice cream, in which case you’re dead to us) so why not mix your next UK city break with something yum? Try local delicacies, produce, and some twists of firm favourites on a food tour. The only time it’s acceptable to skip a hotel breakfast.

Food Walking Tour, London

Take a trip around London’s east end and visit eight different eateries. Treats in store include African chocolate, authentic Greek food, London’s largest sausage, and Brazilian churros for dessert as you make your way through the winding streets around Brick Lane, Spitalfields and beyond munching on a mishmash of foods.

Guided Food Tour, Manchester

Meet the chefs and bakers behind some of the best food spots in town and learn about Manchester’s history with food on this half day walking tour. This tour ends at the great Arndale Food Market with plenty of time to explore and bite down on the best Caribbean food in the city.

Malt Whisky Day Tour, Edinburgh

Scotland is famed for its whisky so a day tour of two malt whisky distilleries in the heart of the country is a must. Heading out from Edinburgh, this full day tour will teach you the history of whisky distilling in Scotland with plenty of tasters.

Cheese and Wine Tour, Tyne and Wear

Cheese and wine are a firm favourite here in the UK and Newcastle is no exception. Your guide will take you on a trip of the senses as you try local cheeses paired with wines from around the globe, as well as a walk through Grainger Market, one of the largest indoor food markets in Europe.

Vegan Food Tour, Brighton

Brighton holds the crown for the most vegan friendly city in the world, according to food mag Chef’s Pencil, so where better than to take a totally vegan food tour. Tuck into a range of food and drink from cream teas, beer, pies, and a variety of street food from some of Brighton’s best eateries.

Camden Market Food Tour, London

Camden Market is like catnip to foodie Tiktokers but it can be a bit of a maze for a first-time or even fifth-time visitor with its acres of sprawling stalls, shops and labyrinthine passageways. Grab a guide and let them show you the must-eats within. Try a well-planned seven course experience including orchid ice cream, onglet steak, and a surprise dish at the end of the tour. Choose to head back to the meeting point or continue your exploration throughout the rest of the market.

Food Walking Tour, Perth

Sample local delicacies and traditional Scottish foods on this tour of Perth. Learn the history of this Scottish city whilst enjoying plenty of food to fill you up along your amble through the streets. You’ll have the option to try dishes at 7 local eateries during the tour, with your guide offering recommendations and advice.

Chinatown Food Experience, London

Take a personalised and private tour of Chinatown, filled with Asian bakeries, restaurants, street vendors, and more. Your guide will personalise the tour to your tastes, and with so many options available that is no easy task! You’ll also have a chance to shop Asian ingredients at Loon Fung supermarket, so you can try replicating your favourite dishes at home.

Harrogate Beer Tours, Yorkshire

Find the hidden and intriguing pubs within Harrogate and visit a microbrewery and craft beer shop on this tour for beer lovers. Learn how beer is made by talking to the experts whilst enjoying the local brews all included in the tour. Grab some of your favourites from the gift shops to take home with you too.