Oldest pub in England one of VisitBritain’s ‘101 things to do’

It seems as though restaurants and pubs do more than just create new hospitality jobs and serve loyal customers. Over 100 suggestions from food and drink businesses made a shortlist of 800 public nominations for VisitEngland's bucket list of '101 things to do before you go abroad'.

The list was launched yesterday (April 23rd) in order to celebrate St George’s Day, looking at great things to do in England across food and drink, history, wildlife, health, and arts and culture sectors. The tourist board narrowed down 800 nominations made by the public to compile an essential list of 101 experiences. Two hospitality businesses that made the bill include Ian Fleming's former favourite Dukes Bar and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, England's oldest pub under Nottingham Castle.

VisitEngland’s chairman Lady Cobham said: “The selection process wasn’t easy – we have such an embarrassment of riches in this country, that we couldn’t include every single landmark – but the end result is a mix of the most incredible and unique experiences, with something for everyone.”

A specific area that was focused upon was Bray village in Berkshire which has been described as a “hotspot for gastropubs and riverside dining”. With there being The Royal Oak, Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck, The Hind's Head and The Waterside Inn, there are plenty of places that culinary fanatics can enjoy here. Other highlights on the list include Harrogate-favourite Betty's, the Pudding Club at Three Ways House hotel in the Cotswolds, and enjoying oyster dishes in Whitstable.

The final, and 101st, experience was cheese rolling at Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire, chosen by Wallace & Gromit.

The full list can be viewed here.

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