Downton Abbey fans will have to deal with the loss of Matthew Crawley after his surprise demise at the end of season three. But cheer up! The real Matthew Crawley (also known as Dan Stevens, the actor who played him) is alive and well and wants you to come visit Britain. We caught up with the actor at the recent Big British Invite, sponsored by British Airways and VisitBritain. Stevens wants us all to know that the U.K. isn’t the land of doom and gloom that Downton’s last season would have us believe. On the contrary, he believes there is something for almost any kind of tourist. In particular, he points out that there is a bustling and exciting food and drink scene.
He is particularly fond of many of London’s restaurants. He points out that "Hereford Road is very good." He also likes Banners as well as The Ivy. And if you’re heading to see a play, "Sheekey is lovely. When you’re in the theater district, Sheekey is a must."
He also thinks that the U.K. has some serious contributions for those who enjoy imbibing. "Hendrick's gin with cucumber is particularly nice. There’s a place called The Experimental Cocktail Club, which is in Chinatown and is very, very nice."
And no matter where you are in the U.K., Stevens says there are certain products that must be tried. He points out that "Wispa bars are a favorite of mine," and he also extolls the virtues of the classic, English Breakfast tea. He believes that "You need to spend long enough in Britain to really try them all!"
So what are you waiting for? If Matthew Crawley says so, you really have to oblige him. For more information you can check out VisitBritain!