Fly north with us to foodie heaven

  • 09th November 2014

When you think of foodie delights, you may not immediately think of the northern latitudes of Europe. But we think you might have to pause and think again.

Over the past couple of decades there has been a real change afoot and a trip to ‘up north’ – whether within the UK or to Scandinavia – can give you the opportunity to sample some excellent food. It’s another great reason to fly with us to northern climes.

We’ve taken a look at three of our northern destinations – Gothenburg, Aberdeen, and Manchester – to show you what’s waiting in store. Hopefully we’ll whet your appetite for more…

Gothenberg, Sweden

We fly here from Birmingham Airport

The rise of Gothenburg as a foodie destination has been meteoric in recent years. Over the past 10 years seven of the Swedish Chef of the Year Awards have been won by star chefs from Gothenburg and Sweden’s second city has a growing international reputation as a foodie heaven with four restaurants in the city holding coveted Michelin stars – a huge achievement for a city of this size.

Given its proximity to the sea, it’s not surprising that seafood is king in Gothenburg. A trip to the city must therefore include a visit to the Feskekörka, or ‘Fish Church’ – a wonderful indoor fish market built in the late 19th century. A huge range of fresh seafood is on sale here – from lobster to oysters and fried herring. You can buy fish snacks to take away or for more hearty fare, why not try Restaurang Gabriel on the top floor – its speciality is lemon sole with sautéed mushrooms. Travel blogger Heather Cowper has written a review of the restaurant here.


No visit to Gothenburg would be complete without doing as the Swedes do, and indulge in ‘fika’. This break for coffee (or tea) and something sweet (usually a cinnamon bun) is an essential part of the Swedish lifestyle. Fortunately, Gothenburg has plenty of cosy cafes.

We’d recommend you take a stroll in the lovely old cobbled streets of the Haga district where you can do some leisurely window shopping and then choose whichever cafe takes your fancy. Café Husaren is famous for its enormous cinnamon buns – this should keep you going until dinner time.

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For more information on where to eat in Gothenburg, visit the city’s tourist website here.


We fly here from Bristol, Manchester, Norwich, Esbjerg and Oslo

With world-class local produce including freshly caught seafood and Aberdeen Angus beef, Aberdeen has plenty to offer food lovers.
The city has a great range of restaurants, cafes and bars – and, of course, there are whiskies and local beers to sample. In addition, there are farmer’s markets, fish markets and special events, including distillery tours and farm festivals.

To help you navigate your way through the diverse choice on offer, Visit Scotland have a list of restaurant recommendations to get you started, plus information on all the foodie events happening in the region throughout the year.

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Another useful website with recommendations on eating out in Aberdeen is wow247 – which lists 10 of the best for any budget.
One of Scotland’s best seafood restaurants is The Tollbooth in Stonehaven, just a short distance south of Aberdeen – well worth a visit if you’re in the area. If you like to cook, then you might enjoy a cooking course atNick Nairn’s Cook School. In the 1990s, Nick Nairn became the youngest Scottish chef to win a Michelin star – so you’d be in safe hands.
Next year, Visit Scotland is promoting the region’s high quality produce in a campaign called The Year of Food & Drink 2015 – so it will be the perfect opportunity to explore the wonderful and unique tastes that Scotland has to offer.


We fly here from Aberdeen

One of the first foodie districts to visit if you’re in Manchester is the bohemian Northern Quarter. Located in the northwest of Manchester, east of Victoria Station and northwest of Piccadilly Gardens, it’s crammed with mostly independent, fashionable eateries.

Why not check out the Northern Quarter Restaurant & Bar – which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year? It serves seasonal British cuisine, sourced from local ingredients at affordable prices.

Curry mile_original

For those with a taste for the spicier types of cuisine, then just 2 miles from Manchester city centre on a section of the Wilmslow Road in Rusholme, you’ll find at least 70 restaurants, take-aways and kebab houses. Known asThe Curry Mile, it’s thought to be the largest concentration of establishments specialising in the cuisines of South Asia and the Middle East outside India.

And with the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University located nearby, the area is often buzzing with crowds until 4 am or later. You’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds here.

The French Manchester_original

Of course, Manchester isn’t all about bohemian quarters and vibrant student life – if you’re looking for fine dining then you won’t be disappointed. Two of the most highly rated restaurants in Manchester right now are Simon Rogan’s restaurant The French and Aiden Byrne’s restaurant on Level 2 at Manchester House. Both establishments offer seriously good food in seriously stylish surroundings.

Feeling hungry? Then remember to check out the local foodie hot spots next time you fly with us to one of our northern destinations!

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