M5, Junction 9; 11 minutes
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
One of just a handful of independent silk mills still operating in the UK, Beckford Mill is a real treasure. A handsome redbrick building set in prettily landscaped gardens at the edge of the Cotswolds, it was set up in 1975 by James and Martha Gardner to revive the luxury silk industry.
Seamstress or not, it’s wonderful to wander amongst the bolts of brightly coloured silk and velvet and to admire the hand-printed scarves. Enthusiasts can request a tour, the mildly curious can guide themselves to the newly renovated and extended tea room where Dani cooks up a storm. The coffee is flavourful and the cakes all homemade. Have a breakfast of yoghurt, honey and granola out in the sheltered courtyard, or lunch on a jacket potato stuffed with melted stilton, grilled pear and chunky walnuts.
The energetic may wish to yomp to the top of Bredon Hill just behind, which offers panoramic views over the Cotswolds, Malverns and Severn valley.