Tasting England

You are invited to experience the real heart of England, heading down hidden lanes to picturesque villages, exploring private gardens and tucking into vintage afternoon teas 


  • The Downton Abbey experience: fully staffed private dinner parties

  • Visits to private gardens, ablaze with flowers and chockful with history

  • Private demonstrations of chocolate-making, bread-making and cheese-making

  • The chance to learn how good English cooking can be, with asparagus, smoked salmon, scones and melt-in-the-mouth roast beef

  • The opportunity to talk to the owners of exquisite private houses and gardens

  • Visits to quintessentially English delicatessens and tea shops

  • Accommodation in historic inns or period properties

  • Experienced, enthusiastic tutors: hosts Tina Boughey and Jennifer Aston Mills have run cookery schools in England, Italy and America

  • In good company: Tina was chosen to cook for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on her Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012


Tour locations include:

  • Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, for a picnic lunch by the lake

  • The Pudding Club, a 100-year-old Cotswold hotel famous for its Divine Chocolate Indulgence Lunch

  • Hidcote Manor Gardens, created by American ex-soldier Lawrence Johnston

  • Checketts, Worcestershire, a village delicatessen and shop owned by the same family for more than a century

  • The Morgan car factory, where classic automobiles are still handmade

  • Oliver's Cider and Perry, a traditional farm with an international market


Sample holiday: one-week Tasting England experience, for a minimum of 10 guests. £2,000/$3,100 per person