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Three spur-of-the-moment foodie pilgrimages from Birmingham

Hungry for a spectacular spread? Hit the road and prepare for an unforgettable dining experience

By Time Out in association with SEAT
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We get it. In a city as rich with restaurants as Birmingham, it’s tempting to keep returning to your favourite local eateries. But the arrival of spring is all about fresh starts, right? Together with SEAT – and their new, seven-seater Tarraco SUV – we’re bringing you three fabulous dining discoveries. Jump in the car and prepare for a taste of something wonderful.

For more incredible itineraries from Birmingham, check out these six breathtaking road trips.

We're giving away an awesome weekend away in a new SEAT Tarraco! Here's how to enter.

The Ethicurean, Somerset

How far? Three hours.

Calling this place a kitchen-garden restaurant is a bit like calling Buckingham Palace a big house. Set in picture-perfect Barley Wood Walled Garden (you eat in a converted Victorian greenhouse overlooking rolling hills), The Ethicurean serves stunning, hyper-seasonal food, with vegetables as the focus. As the name suggests, sustainability is a part of the ethos; ethical sourcing is at the heart of the operation; and most of the ingredients come from mere steps away.

Order this: The menu changes every day, but look out for the sea buckthorn and honey cake which is made from milling leftover bread.

The Kings Head Inn, Bledington

How far? One hour 30 minutes.

If you’re after the Cotswolds Sunday roast to beat them all, look no further. Standing in the middle of the village green, overlooking a babbling brook and surrounded by miles of well-kept footpaths, this proper country pub serves perfectly cooked joints of beef, pork and lamb to share, carved at the table and accompanied by all the trimmings (including a fabulous cauliflower cheese). It’s dog-friendly, so four-legged buddies can join in the fun too.

Order this: The roast, of course – but if it’s in season, you’d be forgiven for having your head turned by the local pheasant schnitzel.

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The Pig, Brockenhurst

How far? Three hours.

Sitting pretty at the gateway to the New Forest, The Pig is a cute country house hotel with bags of character, and a restaurant that prides itself on sourcing as much as possible from within a 25-mile radius. If you arrive between 3pm and 5pm you’ll be able to sit down to a teatime spread of home-made sandwiches and cakes, prepared with the finest local ingredients and served in a gloriously unstuffy way. Work up an appetite by going on a foraging walk beforehand: the hotel’s resident forager will guide you on a hedgerow harvest, or take you to the coast to hunt for edible seaweed.

Order this: Stick to the theme – try the honey and mustard chipolatas or Saddleback crackling with apple sauce.

Win a fabulous weekend away in a new SEAT Tarraco

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Imagine this: a new, seven-seater SEAT Tarraco is delivered to your door. You and three friends drive to one of four spectacular locations of your choice – the Jurassic Coast, Bath and Bristol, Galloway Forest Park or the Lake District – and enjoy four days of amazing, curated experiences.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us in 25 words or less: If you could drop everything right now, where would you go, and what would you do?

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