Run wild

For­age for your own din­ner at th­ese cosy Bri­tish es­capes

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On the shore of Loch Fyne, The Creg­gans Inn is a cos­set­ing, fam­ily-run ho­tel with stel­lar views and plenty of home com­forts (bowls of por­ridge laced with cream, for ex­am­ple, and the snap and crackle of a proper log fire).

For­ag­ing breaks here are in­for­mal: owner Gill MacLel­lan takes guests out, on re­quest, for a cou­ple of hours’ for­ag­ing in search of bram­bles, blue­ber­ries, wild yel­low rasp­ber­ries, el­der­flow­ers, chanterelles, wild gar­lic or what­ever else hap­pens to be in sea­son.

Back at the ho­tel the kitchen uses your for­aged finds in its din­ner menus (try home­made seafood pies and a clas­sic Bri­tish pud). The next day, bor­row fish­ing rods and cast off from the ho­tel’s lit­tle pier, or carry on eat­ing your way around the coast (see for more on lo­cal des­ti­na­tion restau­rant, In­ver). From £130 for two,

in­clud­ing one night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion with din­ner and break­fast; creg­


Head to the Bre­con Bea­cons if you want to in­clude the whole fam­ily on a for­ag­ing ad­ven­ture. Here, the el­e­gant

An­gel Ho­tel in foodie Aber­gavenny (don’t miss a visit to the ex­cel­lent Kitchen at the Chapel, tucked be­hind the town’s mar­ket hall) has re­cently launched spe­cial­ist For­ag­ing Fun week­ends. They’re led by lo­cal guide Adele Nozedar, who has re­cently pub­lished a book about for­ag­ing with chil­dren.

Head out on a gen­tle three-hour walk, through ur­ban and ru­ral ter­rain, to track down fungi, berries and nuts, then re­turn to the ho­tel to feast on char­grilled lamb with new potato and pea ragu, or herb-roasted fil­let of cod with squash gnoc­chi. Af­ter an overnight stay, wake up to eggs bene­dict or french toast with ba­con and maple syrup be­fore head­ing home. From £239 for two adults, in­clud­ing half­board ac­com­mo­da­tion and a three-hour for­ag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence (£38 per ad­di­tional child); an­ge­laber­


Sur­rounded by wood­land and walk­ing trails, Lee Byre, out­side Oke­hamp­ton, is a true ru­ral re­treat. Stay in a smartly con­verted barn and feast on warm ba­nana muffins and fresh bread spread with honey be­fore head­ing out to for­age with own­ers Guy and Kathrin Barnes. Ex­plor­ing the bu­colic patch of West Coun­try ter­rain that sur­rounds the b&b, you might find wild gar­lic, pen­ny­wort, Jack-by-the-hedge or sor­rel, de­pend­ing on the sea­son. All are used in Lee Byre’s kitchen, where chef Nina cre­ates din­ners of wild sal­ads, cour­gette can­nel­loni with parme­san cream, and lamb and mint pies with new po­ta­toes and pen­ny­wort. If all that in­dul­gence leaves you hun­gry for more, you can head out for a stargaz­ing stroll af­ter din­ner. From £369 for two peo­ple, in­clud­ing two nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion with din­ner, a day walk and dark-sky walk; lee­

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