Why 2016 is the year to discover what makes Britain’s countryside GREAT

Sutton Bank, North York Moors, North Yorkshire, elevated view over the moors from a height at dusk.


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On Wednesday 30 September, LATTE was invited by Visit Britain to enjoy a British-inspired lunch created by chef Nelly Robinson at nel. restaurant and discover all that is new in Great Britain for 2016.

Literary legends live again with anniversaries to celebrate 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, 200 years since Charlotte Brontë’s birth, 150 since Beatrix Potter’s, 125 since Agatha Christie’s and 100 since Roald Dahl’s. Events planned across the country, from the Brontës’ home of Haworth in Yorkshire to the Bard’s family home in Stratford-Upon-Avon, are set to inspire travellers to set their sights beyond the main metropolises and discover what makes Britain’s countryside GREAT.

2016 has been named England’s Year of the GREAT English Garden, just in time to celebrate 300 years since the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, England’s greatest landscape gardener. In Wales, it is the Year of Adventure – think coasteering, cliff jumping and a public surf lagoon opened in the summer of 2015 – while for Scotland, it is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The national also celebrates the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; new films including Bond’s 24th adventure, ‘Spectre’, a brand-new ‘Tarzan’, the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ sequel, ‘Through the Looking Glass’, and Roald Dahl’s classic, ‘The BFG’; and new stage productions, including musical versions of the 1980s cult film, ‘Back to the Future’, and the modern dystopian trilogy, ‘The Hunger Games’.

As media guests were awed by all that has been planned for 2016, they also feasted on Nelly Robinson’s fresh interpretations of British classics, such as green pea and ham; Lancashire hotpot, pickle red cabbage, tempura oyster and carrot; sticky toffee pudding, caramel and buttermilk; and eccles cake and lemon.


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