My husband and I have 3 days free in England before he reports to London for a week of work. (We're coming from San Francisco.) As we will be in London for a full week while he works we are wanting to see some of the rest of England during those 4 days. (Also, we've been to London a couple times before.) We considered hopping a flight to Dublin, Edinburgh, chunnel to Paris, etc., but it just seems like a hassel.
I would like to get recommendations for places to visit outside of London. Mostly we're interested in food and drink, but of course the overall experience is important too. What I'm thinking here is things like: dairies, farms, breweries, places/things that most tourists don't see.
We'll be renting a car, but would like to not go more than a 3-4 hour drive from London.
Also, recommendations for off-beat or food specific travel guides/websites would be appreciated. I'm having a hard time finding anything but the usual trave book at the book store and the ususal travel advise on the web.