The best places to live if you’re a foodie

Caro­line McGhie picks lo­ca­tions to tempt the palate of the most dis­cern­ing gourmet, whether they be lovers of lo­cally reared meat or fans of freshly caught seafood

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Cover Story -

and at­tracts tourists from around the world. “It is just a lit­tle vil­lage, not on the sea, not even in the Lake Dis­trict Na­tional Park, but it is in a lit­tle world of its own,” says Stephen. “Now it has lots of lo­cal food pro­duc­ers and there is even a mi­cro­brew­ery and a high-end wine mer­chant.” Farm­ers’ mar­kets pull in the grow­ers of Herd­wick lamb, hand­made rel­ishes and cheeses, and Ro­gan has his own farm where he grows fruit, veg and ed­i­ble flow­ers. A con­verted barn called The Hill, with four bed­rooms and panoramic views, £795,000, Carter Jonas (01539 722592; carter­jonas. co.uk). THE KENT COAST The trans­for­ma­tion of the forgotten sea­side town of Whit­stable in north Kent into a week­ender’s dar­ling has been phe­nom­e­nal. The oysters have been there for cen­turies, of course, but now they are dished Lo­cal flavour: Herd­wick lamb is a del­i­cacy of the Lake Dis­trict, top; Hugh Fearn­ley-Whit­tingstall, left; Dayles­ford Or­gan­ics, above; Wheel­ers, Whit­stable up be­hind the candy pink façade of Wheeler’s Oys­ter Bar, or sold on stalls along the seafront close to the old black­ened fish­er­man’s huts. Zoopla says prices here have risen by 14 per cent in the past five years. “It was 2004 when prop­erty prices re­ally took off,” says Will Roalfe of Christo­pher Hodg­son es­tate agents. “There was an in­flux of week­end buy­ers from Lon­don, it be­came fash­ion­able and more restau­rants opened. What is re­ally in­ter­est­ing is that we are now see­ing first-time buy­ers who have been priced out of Lon­don but can buy a comfy three-bed­room ter­race house in the Con­ser­va­tion Area here for £350,000 to £400,000.” The feel­good fac­tor ra­di­ates. Tanker­ton, where Tracey Emin once owned a beach hut and sold it to Charles Saatchi, has JoJo’s tapas bar for ca­sual fun. Those with larger bud­gets visit The Sports­man gas­tropub (with a Miche­lin star) at Seasalter, which does won­der­ful things with ra­zor clams and seaweed. Old Fifties sea­side ice cream par­lours like Morelli’s and Chi­ap­pini’s in Broad­stairs and Sor­betto in Rams­gate are also be­ing re­stored. The hot fudge sun­dae is back. For Sale A three-bed­room Ed­war­dian ter­raced house on the beach in Whit­stable, Wave Crest, £1.3m, Christo­pher Hodg­son (01227 266441; christo­pher­hodg­son.co.uk). THE COTSWOLDS It is a chicken and egg ques­tion. Do in­com­ers ar­rive clam­our­ing for ar­ti­san breads, or does the prom­ise of posh dough lure them in? Our own rock-star colum­nist Alex James moved here to make cheese, but the trail had al­ready been blazed by Lady Bamford, with Dayles­ford Or­gan­ics do­ing dirty veg and sub­lime bread, and now there are fol­low­ers such as the Cotswold Food Store and Café at Long­bor­ough. “There has al­ways been a strong link with Lon­don sec­ond­home own­ers but ev­ery­thing has worked to­wards our pro­file be­ing ro­man­ti­cised,” says es­tate agent

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