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Divine & Simple: Highlighting The English Strawberry

"Exquisite Ingredients"

Whilst the cities of London, York and Oxford with their historical significance should not be missed on any itinerary to England, there is something to be said for the luscious countryside that encapsulates the remainder of the country. Once described as ‘a beauty much more than visual’, by author Dodie Smith, these pastoral fields and hills have drawn beloved fans of English romantic literature and history for decades. In highlighting the English Strawberry, Conte invites its guests to indulge in a ‘Farm-to-Table’ in the abundance of the English strawberry season. 

a zoomed in photo of young strawberries hanging from their plant
an overhead photo of strawberry cake on an antique plate alongside a teapot and cup of tea

The concept of eating locally is one that has breadth; and it encompasses not only sustainability and wellness, but also enjoyment in the process of cooking and creating. To name but one experience, Conte invites you to explore the divine history behind the English strawberry. While it might feel as English as can be, this berry has a complicated nest of heritage with roots in our own soil, Chile and America, which led to the cultivation of over 50 species of the English strawberry in our current day and age. 

With a Conte guide and expert horticulturist, dive into the southern county of Somerset for a day of picking your own produce. With your harvest of English berries, return to your local boutique hotel of choice, where you will dive into the ancient art of conservation, known more colloquially as the making of jam. Afterwards, you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour in the setting of a British Afternoon ‘High Tea’, complete with miniature sandwiches, pastries, cakes - and of course, scones with jam and cream.

Highlighting the English Strawberry

Through the harvesting of local produce and the awareness of its seasonality, we can learn much about the history of agriculture, the communities and the regional specialties of a location. As we come to appreciate more of the values of fresh food, we can appreciate the specifics of their environment and harvest in ourselves a deeper understanding of the cultural climate and backgrounds of the towns and cities which often relied on a particular crop. 


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