Hotels aren’t just about finding a good place to get your head down. If good food is your thing, there’s no shortage of fabulous hotels that offer sumptuous dining, all around the globe. Whatever your budget, we’ve put together 10 of the world’s best hotels where food is the star attraction, taking in everything from Michelin-starred fine dining to cosy pub-grub in the countryside. Feast your eyes on these 10 dining delights….. hungry? You will be.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison, Great Milton
With two Michelin stars, Oxfordshire’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is renowned for it’s out-of-this-world dining experience. The brainchild of star chef Raymond Blanc, the restaurant uses ingredients grown in its own lush gardens. The accompanying hotel has 32 unique rooms and suites, as well as it’s own cookery school, where Masterchefs-in-waiting can hone their skills.
Hotel Thoumieux, Paris
In the city of love no less, the critically-acclaimed Hotel Thoumieux is known for being the place to be seen dining ‘à la française’. Its rooms are fit to burst with Parisian chic, and the restaurant is a great spot for fussy eaters – diners can select the specific ingredients they’d like the chefs to work with. Bon appétit!
The Berkeley, London
If you’re the kind of foodie that like to stay ahead of the curve, a city break in London’s The Berkeley could be up your street. Home to the newly-refurbished Marcus by celebrity chef du jour Marcus Wareing, the hotel offers cutting-edge cuisine in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge – so you can squeeze in a trip to Harrods if you haven’t already broken the bank on their 8-course tasting menu.
The Plaza, New York
The centrepiece of the majestic Plaza hotel in New York is its dining room, where you’ll eat under a magnificent stained glass ceiling. The hotel restaurant has been serving some of the city’s best afternoon tea for over a century, which will leave you time enough to explore the sites and engage in some retail therapy.
The Wild Rabbit, Chipping Norton
Billing itself as a “re-invention of the British inn”, The Wild Rabbit has a cosy, friendly atmosphere, and some of the poshest pub grub around. It’s nestled in the chocolate-box Cotswolds, too, so it’s the perfect place to get away from it all. If you want to brush shoulders with the famous locals, take a trip to Daylesford Organic farm shop – it’s a favourite haunt of David Cameron, and is run by the Wild Rabbit’s owner, Lady Carole Bamford.
Mandarin Oriental, London
London’s Mandarin Oriental is currently playing host to the aptly-named Dinner, widely considered to be one of the best restaurants in the country. It offers a Historic Gourmet Escape hotel & restaurant package, in which Heston Blumenthal works his magic on menus with recipes dating back to the 16th century. Using intricate cooking techniques, like his unique spit-roast pulley system, he’s sure to give diners an amazing experience and a history lesson to boot.
La Mamounia, Marrakech
For those looking further afield, Marrakech is well and truly brimming with fantastic places to stay and eat; there’s no chance of getting bored of what’s on offer. Luxury hotel La Mamounia harks back to times gone by with its opulent décor, and with a choice of three fine-dining restaurants, foodies can take their pick of incredible food too.
Boath House, Nairn, Scotland
The family-run Boath House hotel, situated on the north-east coast of Scotland and set in 22 acres of remarkable highland grounds, is perfect for those looking for a romantic wintery getaway this year. It’s snug, with only eight rooms, but is packed with countryside character. Widely renowned for its food, a great deal of which comes from the hotel’s own gardens, the hotel restaurant boasts a menu which changes daily and makes the most of exciting wild ingredients.
Idle Rocks, St Mawes
If you’re looking for something a little more low-key for your foodie break, then this could be the answer. Idle Rocks, in St Mawes, Cornwall, looks out onto the gorgeous Cornish coast, and it’s menus celebrate all that the region has to offer using only seasonal local produce. Named one of the best places to eat by the sea, the hotel promises to be full of seaside luxury and great food – everyone has room for a six-course dinner when it’s this good!
The Peninsula, Beijing
If your idea of a culinary break involves taking in everything a new culture’s got to offer – and yes, that includes food – then Beijing’s The Peninsula makes a great fit. Currently ranked as Top10’s number one luxury hotel in Beijing, its signature restaurant, Huang Ting, offers first-class modern Cantonese gastronomy, like their incredible dim sum, prepared by award-winning chefs. It’s design is inspired by an ancient hutong courtyard so diners really feel the part.