IT’S easy to buy gifts for foodies and cooking enthusiasts.
As well as the latest kitchen gadgets and recipe books, there are an abundance of unique dining experiences, tours and classes on offer too so we’ve rounded up the best foodie gift experiences to inspire you – bon appetit!
A fail-safe gift idea is a restaurant voucher which gives the recipient the option of dining out at their choice of venue, whether that’s a three-course lunch at a celebrity chef’s latest restaurant in central London, or a cosy Italian dinner at the bistro down the road.
If your foodie friend prefers getting stuck into the cooking themselves, a cookery course voucher will allow them to perfect a skill or dish they’ve always wanted to master, from sushi to Thai food – and they’ll have a great day out while they’re about it.
Note: Due to the current pandemic situation, vendors’ courses and experiences can be suspended or postponed at short notice – do check with your supplier for their individual recommendations when booking.
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1. Buyagift Store
- (AD) Gourmet dining gift experience box, £89.99 for two from Amazon – buy here
Give the gourmet foodie in your life the gift of choice with this dining out experience voucher.
They’ll be able to choose from over 305 gourmet eateries across the country with options including fine dining and three-course set meals with wine or champagne included.
The beautifully packaged gift voucher box includes a full-colour glossy brochure outlining all the tempting options on offer – the difficult part will be narrowing them down to just one.
2. Activity Superstore
- (AD) Vineyard gift experience voucher with lunch for two, £78.99 from Amazon – buy here
Any wine enthusiast would love the opportunity to take a tour of one of England’s picturesque vineyards, followed by a tasting session where they can learn about and sample some of its most popular wines.
This foodie experience also includes a delicious lunch to round off a perfect day out, and at some locations a bottle of wine to take home is included too.
The vineyards are located at Linton, (Cambridgeshire), Topsham, (Devon), Hastings, (East Sussex), Wroxeter, (Shropshire) and Framlingham, (Suffolk), and most offer tours between May and October, so book now for summer 2021.
3. Leith’s Cookery School
- One-day cooking course gift vouchers, from £50 from Leith’s – buy here
Leith’s is one of the UK’s most famous cookery schools and has trained serious food professionals from Gizzi Erskine to Angela Malik.
They also run fantastic one-day courses for regular food enthusiasts too.
With a hugely varied rolling schedule of subjects including everything from sourdough bread making and knife skills to pasta making and vegan cooking, there is plenty to inspire – and just think of all the tastings.
4. Hunter Gather Cook
- Foraging and wild cooking day, from £160 from Hunter Gather Cook – buy here
It’s probably not one for the vegetarians, but if your foodie is interested in discovering more about foraging and cooking in the great outdoors, this unique Sussex-based cookery school is the perfect place to learn.
Hunter Gather Cook offers excellent seasonal day courses that teach participants to identify, process and cook a range of wild foods such as pheasant, fallow deer and wild trout, including mastering all-important skills in fire-building, outdoor butchery and even wild cocktail making!
It’s a truly unique experience for nature-loving foodies.
- London gin safari by bike, £118 for one or two from Indytute – buy here
Hop onto a handmade Pashley gin bike for a unique tour of London, taking in the sights and smells of the capital’s finest street markets, all while being regaled with stories of Oliver Twist and Fagin’s den and sampling some delicious gins.
The tour hits the pretty back streets of Southwark and Bermondsey and also uses official cycle lanes, so you won’t need to be a brilliant cyclist to manage it.
6. Supperclub Tube
- Tube carriage dining experience, from £49 per person from Supperclub Tube – buy here
Enjoy a delicious six-course tasting menu of Columbian food served in the cosy environs of a London tube train carriage – well why not?
Hailing from Bogotá, Columbia, Supperclub Tube head chef Beatriz Maldonado serves up an ever-changing menu of flavours, including such delicious-sounding treats as Michoacan pulled pork, cassava gnocchi and lime, ginger and hibiscus granita.
Gift vouchers are available for the convivial communal carriage seating at £49 per person, or for a more intimate affair, book a private booth for £55 per person.
7. Interactive Theatre International
- Fawlty Towers dining experience, various prices from Interactive Theatre International – buy here
Join Basil, Manuel, Sybil and Polly for a two-hour dinner theatre experience in which diners become part of the action in the Fawlty Towers restaurant, while enjoying an unusual 1970’s-themed lunch or dinner.
As much as 70% of the show is improvised so you can expect plenty of laughs and mayhem as the talented team from the Torquay Suite Theatre lovingly recreate the atmosphere of the famous (and truly terrible) restaurant from the vintage sitcom.
Dates in London are always available and the show is also currently booking a UK-wide tour – prices are dependent on location.
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