What do Sir Francis Drake, Plymouth Gin, Dartmoor lamb and South African wine have in common? They’re all on the menu for a weekend of food and drink delights at the Moorland Garden Hotel in Devon from 3rd to 5th October to celebrate the inaugural Delicious Drake’s Trail, a food festival on the run.
Highlights of the weekend include:
• Three-course dinner in Taste of the West award-winning The Wildflower Restaurant on arrival on Friday night prepared by Head Chef, Bruce Cole
• Tour of the nearby Plymouth Gin Distillery on Saturday
• Followed by a Devon Cream Tea back at the Moorland Garden Hotel
• Rounded off with a five-course South African supper with matching wines hosted by BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen wine expert, Susy Atkins and the hotel’s South African raised Head Chef, Bruce Cole
• West Country producers food festival on Sunday
The weekend culminates on Sunday with the opportunity to head out to watch – and for more athletic foodies, to take part in – the first ever Delicious Drake’s Trail, a gastronomic off-road running tour of the western fringes of Dartmoor between Yelverton and Tavistock in the footsteps of the area’s most famous son, Sir Francis Drake. Up to 350 runners are invited to take part in the race in aid of the CHICKS charity, with Elizabethan fancy dress optional.
The 15 mile route will follow footpaths and surfaced trails across scenic moorland and farmland, stopping at a dozen local pubs, hotels, cafés and pop-up caterers along the way. Energising appetisers along the route will include Elizabethan style pastry pockets filled with spiced mutton, a bite-size barbecue with local beef and pork and miniature redcurrant and Dartmoor lamb pies from The Wildflower Restaurant at the Moorland Garden Hotel.
The trail ends at the Moorland Garden Hotel with a food festival featuring a West Country produce market, cookery demonstrations, BBQ and hog roast.
The weekend package costs from £192.95 per person sharing including: Two nights’ accommodation at the Moorland Garden Hotel, breakfast, Devon cream tea, three-course dinner on Friday night and South African Wine Dinner with matching wines on Saturday night as well as a 40 minute tour of the Plymouth Gin distillery including either a free miniature or Plymouth Gin and tonic in the distillery’s bar and entrance to the Food Festival on the Sunday.
To make a booking please call 01822 852245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.moorlandgardenhotel.co.uk. To sign up to take part in the Delicious Drake’s Trail visit www.deliciousdrakestrail.co.uk.