THE UK'S BEST FOOD & TRAVEL BLOGS OF 2019
Do you have a taste for travel? Then you will love to meet these food and travel bloggers from the UK, who inspire their followers with regional recipes, restaurant reviews and scrumptious food recommendations!
If you’re willing to take a plane for a plate, you have come to the right place. These culinary travel bloggers with sophisticated palates report about the best food and flavours each destination has to offer.
The lucky winner in this category will be put forward as a nominee for The British Travel Awards’ brand new Blogger Award, which we are sponsoring this year! Which foodie blogger is your favourite?
MEET VICKY, A.K.A THE AMSTERDAM FOODIE
“The first iteration of Amsterdam Foodie was a series of posts on MySpace way back in 2006. My brother bought me my own URL for Christmas that year, and a few months later AmsterdamFoodie.nl was born! It started off focusing on Amsterdam restaurant reviews, but since then it’s morphed into foodie travel guides to cities all over the world.
I expect my family and friends were my only followers to begin with, but the Amsterdam Foodie website now gets around 25,000 visitors a month, Amsterdam Foodie on Instagram has almost 10,000 followers, Facebook over 5,000 and Twitter over 3,500. I still do very little to monetise my blog, other than an advertising partnership I have with BookDinners – a restaurant reservation and social platform in the Netherlands.
But that is one of my USPs: the site has zero sponsored content or advertising, and that’s what makes Amsterdam Foodie different. I also maintain a critical voice: giving credit where credit’s due, but not endlessly endorsing a list of ‘hotspots’ to keep sponsors happy. And finally, I remember why I started all this in the first place – to share my foodie findings with family and friends, not to make money.”
MEET SNITA, FROM HER FAVOURITE FOOD & TRAVEL
“My two passions in life have always been eating out and travelling and I combined these back in 2010 during University to create my blog. This was before Instagram and Twitter had even been invented, so my sole focus then was sharing my passion through in-depth, honest reviews of restaurants and hotels alongside high resolution imagery. In the past 9 years my monthly readership has risen from just a small group of family and friends, to over 20,000.
As social media channels have grown, I have evolved with them and now have a strong and loyal audience over all social media channels. I’ve managed to grow an engaged follower base by sharing my authentic travel and food experiences and honest opinions about places that I would genuinely want to travel to and eat at myself. I also always review the cost of experiences against the value and make sure to highlight offers, deals, pre-theatre menus etc. which helps my readers be more cost aware.
I don’t place adverts on my blog; instead I focus on long-term collaborations with brands in order to monetise it.
Many of my readers have been following me for many years now and this loyal readership is what I feel sets me apart from other bloggers. My followers truly value my opinion because they have been a part of my journey and growth from the very start.”
MEET ANDY HAYLER
“I became interested in blogging about restaurants when I began to travel globally while working at Shell. I wrote a book on London restaurants (ISBN 9780752216621) and started the www.andyhayler.com blog at around the same time, in 1994. As far as I am aware, it is the oldest restaurant travel website in the world. I publish 2-4 reviews weekly, as well as being active on Twitter as @wyahaw.
I visited every 3-star Michelin restaurant by 2004 and have kept this up roughly every two years, most recently in late 2018, when there were 127 three-star restaurants globally. I have reviewed every one of them. My blog has 331,000 users these days, and it acts as an advert that gets me writing engagements. For seven years I have been the restaurant critic for Elite Traveler magazine, and have written parts of various books, including ‘1001 Restaurants You Must Experience before You Die’.
My blog stands out due to its:
• Independence: I pay for my meals
• Depth of content: more than 1,800 reviews globally
• Quality: I am regularly asked to appear on TV and radio to discuss restaurants”
MEET MICHELLE, FROM GREEDY GOURMET
“Back in 2007, before it was cool to blog, I started Greedy Gourmet out of my sheer passion for food. It naturally evolved to include restaurant reviews and then expanded to travel. Only in 2016, when my young children grew up a bit, I started to travel more. My monthly blog visitors were around 30k on average back then but these days the number is over 150k!
A lot has happened in online media in the past 12 years and as a full-time blogger you need to keep up with the latest trends and algorithms. As someone with a strong work ethic, it doesn't matter if it's Christmas (!), I consistently publish at least 3 posts per week. The beauty is that my content remains my own so whatever new social platform comes along I will always have plenty of fresh and evergreen content to share with people. Greedy Gourmet is monetised through sponsored posts and advertising.
What makes Greedy Gourmet different from the rest is the marriage of food and travel. A lot of my recipes that I cook at home are from regional cuisines, so it's only natural for me to connect with local cooks and chefs when I travel abroad. I find the history behind each authentic dish utterly fascinating and by capturing beautiful photos and through storytelling I relay everything to my readers, thus inspiring them to either cook the dish or travel to the destination!”
MEET CHLOE, FROM WANDERLUST CHLOE
“After many years of working 24/7 jobs in the media industry, I found myself totally burnt out. I quit, much to the shock of my friends and family, and headed off on a life-changing trip to Central America. I travelled, learned, and relished the break.
I also set up a travel blog, keen to share my adventures. I absolutely fell in love with travelling, in particular the culinary scenes around the world, and returned with a new zest for life and a desire to develop my blog. I worked every spare hour of the day, creating content, learning new skills and developing my own unique style. As my passion for travel blogging increased, so did my readership.
I started with a few hundred followers and now have over 125,000 monthly readers on my blog! I love that like-minded people follow me, and that I inspire them to follow in my footsteps.
I monetise my blog in a number of ways – with advertising, by participating in sponsored campaigns and by affiliate sales of products, tours and hotel stays.
Wanderlust Chloe has been going for over four years, and I still adore creating inspirational travel and food content. I’m happy to have kept my blog a realistic place with fun and honest travel and food guides, injected with a big dose of my colourful personality! I think that’s why people come back day after day!”