National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Q // I’d like to try a truehunting tour or course in the UK this season. Are there any you recommend?


English tru€es are on a trajectory similar to that of our sparkling wine: going from little-known product to drawing deserved respect in culinary circles. While it’s accepted that our native tru€es don’t pack the punch of their French cousin, the Périgord ( Tuber melanospor­um), which is now cultivated worldwide, English native tru€es can be a revelation.

A prerequisi­te of any experience should always be a seasoned guide who can explain the full picture. The English

Tru€e Company will get you up to speed in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire between late September and January each year. A day-long experience starts with a tru€e 101 of sorts, delving into the fascinatin­g mycology at play, as well as where they grow, what to look for, and the important question of eating. In between lunch and aernoon tea, where you’ll be served a simple tru€e dish, you take to the woods with tru€e hunter James Feaver and his dogs. The prize? The delicacy that is black autumn tru€e ( Tuber uncinatum).

Wiltshire Tru€es is a name known to the country’s top chefs. While founder Zak Frost doesn’t operate tours or courses, he does recommend booking in-season at restaurant­s that have nurtured the renaissanc­e of English tru€es. Among them are The Fat Duck, in Bray, Berkshire, and The Pig’s portfolio of restaurant­s with rooms, many of which are in the tru€e heartlands of the South West. Adam Handling’s restaurant, Ugly Butterfly, in Cornwall’s Carbis Bay, gets the nod. englishtru wiltshiret­ru


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