Food lovers are united in their praise of Gloucestershire. Dotted throughout the Cotswold Hills, the Forest of Dean, the spa town of Cheltenham and the city of Gloucester, and along the River Severn, there are so many picturesque places to eat and drink. Unsurprisingly, this predominantly rural area boasts a plethora of country pubs, such as Potting Shed, but there are also smart restaurants to be had – Lower Slaughter Manor, the Daffodil in Cheltenham, Le Champignon Sauvage, where David Everitt Matthias cooks, and Purslane, for example.

In terms of local produce, Gloucestershire is perhaps  best known for its production of cheese – Gloucester and Double Gloucester and Stinking Bishop – but also for the Old Spot Pig, named after the county. There is a great brewing history in this part of the West, kept alive by Gloucester Brewery, and Gloucester-born Christopher Merrett (1615-1695) created sparkling wine long before Champagne was invented.

Such is the allure of Gloucestershire, that it boasts such famous residents as Prince Charles and artist Damien Hirst, and even influenced a young J.K. Rowling, who grew up in the Forest of Dean.

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