Tasting the local cuisine should be an important part of any holiday, and Back-Roads Touring ensures that particular emphasis is placed on food and drink within our tours. Our included Culinary Experiences enable you to enjoy truly authentic, locally sourced and produced cuisine. Dine at iconic restaurants run by award-winning chefs, take cooking classes using regional ingredients, visit local farms, enjoy food and wine tastings at local producers and combine two passions with foodie walking tours. Furthermore, throughout our tours you’ll dine in small, authentic restaurants, frequented by the locals, and guaranteed to give a true reflection of the tastes of the region.


One of the aspects that unites all of our group holidays is the chance to connect with your destination’s history and culture through its cuisine. A number of our escorted tours follow a culinary journey from seed to serving dish.


Unforgettable visits are made to farms and vineyards, to learn the traditional processes of making some of the regions’ most famous produce; guests can take part in cookery lessons taught by local experts; and some tours offer exquisite dining experiences that will appeal to even the most sophisticated palettes.

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The Pudding Club - England

The Pudding Club was founded at the Three Ways House Hotel in 1985 to prevent the demise of the great British Pudding, at a time when restaurants seemed to offer only tiny portions of Frozen Cheesecake and tasteless Gateaux. Enjoy dinner at the world famous Pudding Club on our Highlights of Britain tour.

Rick Stein's Seafood - England

Rick Stein is famous enough  to need no introduction. The  UK-born chef has won scores  of prestigious awards over the  years and his many publications  and TV series have made him a  household name across the globe.  Enjoy lunch with Back-Roads  Touring at Rick Stein’s famous  Seafood Restaurant in Padstow  and taste for yourself the chef’s  unique influence on rich local  stocks of seafood caught in the  cold waters of the Celtic Sea.

Whisky Distilleries - Scotland

Discover the secrets behind Scotland’s famous whisky with unique behind-the-scenes tours of some of the country’s fascinating distilleries.

The Victorian Kitchen - Wales

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at Cefn Park, where the owners of this country estate will tell us the fascinating story of how they unearthed and restored the original Victorian kitchen.

Bodnant Cookery School - Wales

Discover fresh skills in the Bodnant Cookery School with personal guidance from leading Welsh culinary experts. 

Vineyard Lunch - France

France is renowned for some of the best food and wine anywhere in the world. Discover why as we enjoy an unbeatable culinary experience at a private vineyard in the village of Seguret, near Orange in the Provence region of southern France.

Wine Tasting - France

Explore the delights of Burgundy, one of the most famous and influential wine growing regions in the world. Accompanied by our local wine expert, we will explore the Route des Vins de Bourgogne, learn about the history of this celebrated wine region and enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard.

Cooking Class - France

Enjoy a tour of Chateau de la Bourdaisière’s gardens including its dahlia garden and tomato conservatory, which houses no less than 600 heirloom varieties. We then learn the art of French cooking with one of the chateau’s chefs before sitting down to enjoy the lunch we have cooked.

Calvados Tasting - France

In a typically Augeron setting, visit a small-scale family cellar, which has produced cider and calvados since 1865. For generations Pierre HUET Calvados has taken the greatest of care to produce cider and to mature quality Calvados. Tour the manor and estate before sampling the award winning cider and calvados.

Cheese Tasting - France

The cheese dairy E. Graindorge is an independent family firm located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge. 

Sherry Tasting with Picasso - Spain

The renowned sherry region of  Jerez de la Frontera is home to  Bodegas Tradicion, a tiny winery  which uses only traditional methods  of ageing and maturation. It is one  of the oldest family-owned wineries  in Jerez, with over 350 years of  history. 

Tapas Cooking Class - Spain

During your stay in Southern Spain, enjoy authentic Spanish tapas and learn more about this age-old Iberian tradition.

Slow Food Cheese Tasting - Italy

The Slow Food movement strives  to reconnect people with where  their food comes from and how it  is produced so that traditional and  regional cuisine is preserved and  local producers supported. Visit  Masseria Ferri at Ostuni, where we  learn about Apulian cheeses and  taste the delicious Caciocavallo.

Cooking Class - Italy

Roll up your sleeves and don your apron because, this lunchtime, you are the chef! Against the backdrop of the dramatic Tuscan Hills, meet a skilled local chef who will teach you the art of making the perfect pasta.

Cooking Class & Traditional Lunch - Italy

Learn the art of traditional  Campania cooking at Tenuta  Seliano – the farm-inn of  Baronessa Cecilia Bellelli Bartta.  Using produce from the immediate  local area, including Tenuta  Seliano itself, ingredients will  include buffalo mozzarella, ricotta,  fruits and vegetables, goat and  buffalo meat, and, naturally, pasta. 

Bibich Winery - Croatia

Bibich Winery is located in the hills of Skradin, east of the idyllic port city of Šibenik along Croatia’s island speckled coast. Enjoy wine tasting and tapas at this family-run winery while learning about the history of the region and how their exceptional wines are produced.

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