Fancy a trip out of town with a great meal at the end of it? Here's where to head for some top-notch grub.
Ham it up: Farmshop, Bicester
45 mins from Marylebone
With a sourdough kick, the humble ham sandwich is refashioned as hipster comfort food by the Soho House group’s newest eaterie, just by the massive Bicester Village shopping outlet. Unit 135, Bicester Village, OX26 6WD.
Magic mushrooms: The Foragers, St Albans
40 mins from St Pancras
This place worships wild food, and wild food doesn’t perform to order. Though mushrooms are often the stars of the menu, there’s always something awesomely agrarian to chow down on. 41 Lower Dagnall St, St Albans, AL3 4QE.
Posh tea and cake: Fitzbillies, Cambridge
50 mins from King's Cross
Every mealtime here is a jolly affair, but if it’s an afternoon delight you’re after, look no further than a slice of their coffee walnut cake or sachertorte. Fitzbillies, 51-52 Trumpington St, Cambridge, CB2 1RG.
Cracking crustaceans: Osborne Bros, Leigh-on-sea
50 mins from Fenchurch Street
Over 125 years old, this perennially packed, no-bookings café sells all things fishy. The cockles come from the family’s very own boats. Shell out! Billet Wharf, High St, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2ER.
Nobody does it batter: Peter's Fish Factory, Margate
90 mins from St Pancras
‘Tiny’ doesn’t begin to describe this hugely popular fish ’n’ chips dispensary. Take something substantial to read while you queue – ‘War and (Mushy) Peace’? 12 Royal York Mansions, Margate, CT9 1EZ.
Hot Stuff! Food for Friends, Brighton
60 mins from Victoria
Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern: this vegetarian kitchen really knows its spices. So tasty you’ll forget it’s wholesome. Sharing menus are a top draw. 17-18 Prince Albert St, Brighton, BN1 1HF.
Sunday Best: The White Oak, Cookham
45 mins from Paddington
The White Oak is just minutes away from a lovely riverside walk. Get downwind of the Sunday roast (with roast spuds, yorkshire pud and veg), and you’ll be drooling with anticipation. The Pound, Cookham, SL6 9QE.
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