Truffle Hunting Experience Days

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Description

Would you like to experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of truffle hunting with dogs? Follow our truffle hounds through the woods and experience the surge of excitement as they locate this edible treasure. We offer truffle hunting experience days in Dorset and Wiltshire. These comprise:

  • Introductory talk on truffles
  • Lunch
  • 2 hours truffle hunting
  • Afternoon tea including sampling of a truffle dish

Our truffle hunting experience days have made Countryfile Magazine’s list of the “Top 10 foraging courses“. A reporter from Wiltshire Life joined us on one of these days, read the article here.

Places on our truffle hunting experience days are £150 per person. You can book truffle hunting gift vouchers here.

Our West Dorset days start and end in Burton Bradstock near Bridport. This is on Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast, make a weekend of it and enjoy more of the area’s many culinary delights. Our West Wiltshire site is near the beautiful city of Salisbury. Days start at 10 AM and end at around 4:30 – 5 PM.

If you have any questions about these days please contact us.

Booking

Please note that truffle hunting will require walking on some steep slopes and although we will hunt on sites where we have previously found truffles, finding them cannot be guaranteed.

We ask you to read our booking terms and conditions. In booking places you are agreeing to these. Your attention is particularly drawn to the below extract:

If the booking is cancelled by the client(s) (for any reason) the following cancellation charge will arise:

  • Cancellation 2 weeks or more before the course, 50% of course fee payable
  • Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the course, 100% of course fee payable

And the client acknowledges that it is reasonable for such penalties to arise, given the need for The English Truffle Company to make preparations for a truffle hunting experience day substantially in advance of the day.

Additional information

Date / Location

30 September 2017 – West Dorset, 14 October 2017 – West Wiltshire, 04 November 2017 – West Dorset, 11 November 2017 – West Wiltshire, 02 December 2017 – West Dorset, 09 December 2017 – West Wiltshire, 06 January 2018 – West Wiltshire, 13 January 2018 – West Dorset

A selection of photos from some of our truffle hunting experience days.

Truffle Hunting Reviews

Thanks again for a fantastic day yesterday, from start to finish it was absolutely spot on. I had no idea we would find so many truffles but even if we hadn’t found any I would not have come away disappointed – your talk was so interesting, Max was an absolute star and please pass on our thanks for Karen’s wonderful hospitality [Norburton Hall] (and a request for the recipe for that yummy apple cake!) Hannah and Rowan, Manchester

On behalf of the four of us , we would like to thank you and Max for a fabulous day truffle hunting! In every respect it was educational, beautiful scenery, excellent company, great food and we found loads of truffles! Max has to be the star of the show of course, we all fell in love with him! and your lovely manner, stories and anecdotes were just the icing on the cake! The great experience will always be memorable for us and we shall certainly recommend it to our friends and family as a great day out. Helen, Chris, Sandra and Alan – Gloucestershire

We had a wonderful time Truffle Hunting on Saturday. What a great crew! Happy to report that we made truffle eggs with our truffle this morning, for guests that are in town staying with us, and they were such a hit! : ) – BB – London

Just a note to say we enjoyed truffle hunting with you and Max very much. You had put together a lovely day – and so exciting to find truffles – like finding treasure. LC – Suffolk

Thank you for arranging a lovely day for us yesterday. I was delighted that Max was in such good form and located rather more truffles than I expected. We had lovely weather and I very much enjoyed the glorious views. Lunch and truffle tasting was much enjoyed. MS – London.

Thank you for a very instructive, interesting and enjoyable day.  I didn’t realise how exciting it would be to scent for yourself the smell of the truffle in the ground after Max had indicated where to look.  And, then to actually discover the truffle in the ground……! DR- Gloucestershire

It was a really great day last Saturday, I very much enjoyed the experience and thought that it was a great mix and balance of learning and hunting! I am pleased we had success and I ate the truffle I took home on Sunday night over pasta and it was delicious. Many thanks for an excellent day. WP – London

Many thanks for a great day truffle hunting in Wiltshire. Insightful classroom sessions, a lovely lunch, super truffley nibbles, charming hosts at the farm and great fun out in the woods with you and Max truffle hunting. I learned a lot and we found a surprising number of Truffles. A top day out in the countryside. Perfect. PS: the truffle infused Somerset Brie went down a treat at the dinner party last night. TK – Surrey

Many thanks for a great day yet again. Thoroughly enjoyable and very pleased to come away with a truffle. The day was informative, fun and well paced. Claire MacDonald – Principal, Leiths School of Food and Wine – London

Thank you for a great day out on Saturday, the whole experience was really great from your well considered address first thing, the scrabbling about in the woods, the nice pub lunch and eating the fruit of our spoils in the evening. It was a great present to get and the couple who bought it for me were very pleased that I had such a good time. I have recommended you to my friends so you should get a few more customers. JC – London

Thank you so much for arranging a great day on Saturday, we really enjoyed it and were amazed by the truffle haul. LE & CE London.

Thanks James and a special thanks to Max. Great truffling in the woods. Max is a superstar albeit with a mind of his own! Had a lovely day and also a very nice stay at the Marquis de Lorne. Very friendly and accommodating with very nice food and cosy rooms. Delicious lunch in Lyme Regis at Hix Oyster and Seafood house. JM & SM, London

Thank you so much for a lovely day. It was a very enjoyable experience and well worth the trek down from London! SA & JA – London

Thank you for a wonderful day yesterday. We thoroughly enjoyed every part of the day. JM, BM, & JM – Kent

Many thanks for an excellent day on Saturday, great dog , great truffles and good company. SS & SS – Dorset

The day exceeded our expectations and we thought you did a superb job of working with the group. Thank you. PB & EB – London

Thank you so much for such a great day. Marvellous truffles and a marvellous day for hunting them and I thoroughly enjoyed your talk. RS – London

Thank you for such a great day today truffle hunting! Loved everything about it. AR – Staffordshire

A truly marvellous experience and highly recommended. A great day out in the countryside with James and his truffle dog, who found plenty of pungent truffles. AG – Cheshire

James gave us a very good working knowledge in a relaxed but structured talk about truffles and their likely habitat. Then we actually walked some woodland where we found the real articles, one weighing in at over two hundred grams! He talks the talk and his loveable dog walks the walk ! A thoroughly enjoyable day out. SC – Hampshire

Great way to spend a weekend, very informative and the best fun – like digging for Gold (Black Gold). D&D – Wiltshire

What a brilliant day! from arrival to departure I loved every moment. Thank you, I am inspired!! SB – Dorset

Great day really enjoyed it, learnt a lot. We both a really good time with a good group. We would highly recommend the whole day. MW & DD – Berkshire

A big thank you to you for a fascinating and gourmet day. I felt I learned loads and had some great exercise in the fresh breeze. I really liked the format of the day. SHT – Hampshire

Thank you for the most marvellous and enjoyable day on Saturday. I will be recommending your courses to friends and family. TP – Hertfordshire

Just to say thank you very much for such an interesting and informative day. Next step is to find a clever dog and retire! SE – Dorset

I thought it was a great day and well organised. Your timings, venue location & preparatory info was sent well in advance which was appreciated. 10am -4:30pm is about right to fit it all in. The venue was lovely. Teas/coffees and a super lunch. I liked the format with the presentation first to build the picture and give you the background info then heading out for hunting. Nice to return for a second hunt after lunch. Tasting the shaved truffles on scrambled eggs worked well. Nice and simple to get a good flavour. So all in all very good. MO – Lincolnshire

Truffle Hunting FAQ

Some questions we get asked regularly:

When do you run the truffle hunting experience days?
We run two per month in the season (c. October to January) on Saturdays.

Will we definitely find truffles?
The truffles we are hunting are wild growing and subject to weather trends, the impact of animals, the dog’s mood etc. so we cannot guarantee finding them. We only take you to sites where we have found them on many occasions before and have only had one complete failure since 2011.

Who keeps the truffles found on one of these days?
Our first priority is having enough to be part of our afternoon tea. After that, if we have found sufficient numbers, everyone gets a truffle piece or truffle to take home. Beyond that we may retain any surplus.

Can I bring my dog?
We regret that you are not able to bring your own dog on these days as they will distract our truffle hound. We do run truffle dog training lessons and workshops.

Dates

DateLocationStatus
30 September 2017West DorsetFully booked
14 October 2017West WiltshireFully booked
04 November 2017West DorsetFully booked
11 November 2017West WiltshireFully booked
02 December 2017West DorsetFully booked
09 December 2017West WiltshirePlaces available
06 January 2018West WiltshirePlaces available
13 January 2018West DorsetPlaces available