Leominster’s Swan Brewery was set up in 2015 by Jimmy Swan, a brewer of over 25 years’ experience, with the aim to brew classic beer styles exceptionally well. The brewery is 10 barrels in size, a microbrewery, which means each batch is 2,880 pints of expertly brewed ale. Raw materials are chosen with care: about 85% of the hops used are grown in Herefordshire or Worcestershire; the brewing grain is grown in the east of England; a unique strain of yeast is used which is propagated and harvested each time. Swan Brewery ales include their flagship Swan Gold 4.0%, refreshing golden ale and Ruffled Feathers 3.8% crisp, bright ale. Look out for seasonal specials such as Black Swan 4.5% roasted coffee stout; Swan on the Wye 4.2% pale summer ale; Swan Small Step, 4.1% cosmic golden ale and Winter Swanderland 4.8% warming winter ale. Their range of bottled ales has Arm Breaker IPA 6.0% quintessential English IPA topping the tree. Customers for Swan Brewery cask ales are pubs, clubs, festivals and events in Herefordshire and neighbouring counties. They also offer party beer in 9, 18 or 36 pint packs for celebrations and events. The brewery shop is open on Fridays 9 […]
Chase Distillery is a family owned, British Field to Bottle distillery, creating fine spirits from their farm in Herefordshire. They set up their business in 2008 to challenge the status quo in the white spirits industry. If people are interested in the terroir for their wine or the barrel aging for their whisky, then why shouldn’t they be interested in how their white spirits have been crafted? Why Chase? Well, they grow British Potatoes which they distil into Chase Vodka and then blend or redistil into their range of spirits, including Chase GB Gin. The Chase family have a passion for farming and distil from scratch, taking 250 glorious Herefordshire potatoes to make every bottle. The quality of Chase’s products isn’t by chance. It takes meticulous dedication, craftsmanship and passion from the team. This approach, entirely from field to bottle, really makes Chase different and it is something you can taste in their spirits. Browse Chase Distillery’s Field to Bottle spirits here. Why not visit Chase Distillery, just four miles from Hereford City centre, where you can unlock some of the secrets and skills that go into creating their award-winning range of spirits on one of their unique tour and […]
If you are considering something different, look no further than the exclusive tours around the British Cassis farm in Herefordshire. The tours will provide interest and just a little taste of this delicious liqueur. The estate is set in the rolling fields of Herefordshire where White Heron Properties grow 150 acres of blackcurrants, some of it destined for British Cassis. Whittern Farms, near Kington in North Herefordshire is where British Cassis was born and is still made today. The tour includes the following: Walk through the Blackcurrant fields and the farm, tasting the fruits at their freshest (during the summer months only) whilst drinking in the fresh air and tranquillity of beautiful north Herefordshire. Visit the small Cassiserie where you will be taken through the steps of manufacture. Bottle your own Cassis which you will take home with you at the end of the day. Enjoy a cocktail demonstration and sample the results. Hear how founder and farmer Jo Hilditch manages a vibrant fruit farm and drinks business (amongst other pursuits) and how she battled Dragons on the road to success! Have the opportunity to buy gifts and stock up your drinks cabinet with this deliciously versatile product. Tour costs: […]
Two bakers. One professional, one novice. Brought together through a passion for Real Bread and a mission to share it with the local community. Peter Cook was Head Baker at Price & Sons in Ludlow for over 20 years, winning Best Speciality Loaf at the Baking Industry Awards and many other top industry awards. Shona Kelly, a former marketer in London, swapped the city for the country and an office for a bakery. A home-baker turned pro, learning on the job as she went. They opened their doors in March 2014 and have since won several Awards, including the top prize at the World Bread Awards and Best Food Producer at the Visit Herefordshire Awards for Excellence for the past two years. You’ll find no added nonsense in their loaves. Just four ingredients – organic flour, water, yeast (mostly wild) and sea salt. Flavour is developed naturally, with each loaf made slowly by hand over two-three days. This long fermentation provides you with a hearty, nutritious loaf that is easy to digest. Their best-selling ‘Ledbury Loaf’ is three days in the making and makes great toast for up to a week. You’ll find their bread and pastries on the shelves […]
Myrtle’s Kitchen is a small company which is big with flavour, creating new & exciting preserves that wake up the taste buds. All made traditionally by hand but with a contemporary twist. Using local knowledge and producer network to pick up the finest, freshest ingredients. It’s all about the personal touch with Myrtle’s Kitchen. “Mad as March Hares”. You have to be a little bit bonkers to be in the Myrtle’s crew who work hard, and laugh hard. Every day in their Herefordshire based kitchen is a joy, especially as if you walk out of the door you have a spectacular view of the Malvern Hills. Life doesn’t get much better. Myrtle’s Kitchen did start with a mango and making copious amounts of the now award winning mango chutney for friends and family. That was in 2014 and now they have a diverse range which continues to grow in number and sells from delicatessens to farm shops.
Rowlestone Farmhouse ice cream embraces the diversified enterprises that have evolved on a small family run dairy farm in the foothills of the Black Mountains of Herefordshire. Whilst the handmade ice cream is at the core of the business the ‘open farm’ and the small exempted campsite are integral to the whole and complement each other. The farm opens at Easter until the end of September. Visitors can access play areas and a woodland adventure trail via a wildlife garden, walk through ancient semi-natural woodland and flower meadows taking in the wonderful views this landscape affords. Campers are provided with clean, well maintained and up to date wash and shower facilities. Grass Pitches are provided either with or without electricity. Well behaved dogs are welcome. The ice cream parlour shows off the products made in the adjacent ‘production room’ ;a process which can be viewed most Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Light lunches, snacks , tea, coffee and cold drinks are also provided. Many events are attended throughout the summer months; shows, fetes, fund raisers and food festivals with Ice cream and sorbet dispensed either from a cart or traditional serve overs. Private functions and weddings may also be […]
Orgasmic Cider Company: Craft Cider & Perry makers The Orgasmic Cider Company is a family business & working farm based at Great Parton Farm in the beautiful Wye Valley, Herefordshire. Growing, harvesting and producing Cider, Perry & Fruit Juice using traditional methods. Once pressed the pure juice is fermented in barrels and bottled when ready, with no artificial preservatives or additives, which is why it tastes so good. You are welcome to visit the shop and take an orchard walk (weather permitting) combined with cider & perry tasting, In the shop you can TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! Plus there are lots of other local goodies such as cassis, liquers, local ales and hand-made crafts. Coach parties and groups are welcome to visit by arrangement , to avoid disappointment please call in advance to ensure they are open, as the family are busy farming too! There is also a venue barn for hire, which is suitable for informal, rustic parties and events. There is a reconstructed, original cider mill which had been removed and discarded in a field in 1954, this is the first thing you will see as you arrive at Great Parton Farm. FB: GreatPartonFarm Twitter: OrgasmicCiderCo Instagram: The Orgasmic Cider Company
Wye Valley Brewery is situated in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside Located between Hereford and Bromyard the Wye Valley Brewery; a family business that takes great pride in brewing the best cask and bottle conditioned beer possible. The on-site brewery shop in Stoke Lacy offers a wide array of bottled ales, gift packs, branded merchandise and clothing, as well as locally produced artisan chutneys, rapeseed oils and hand-made hop jewellery. Opening times are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and on Saturdays during December in the run up to Christmas. If you’re keen to know a little more about how their beers are brewed, you can book on to one of the quarterly brewery tours. The tours take you through the whole brewing process in the award-winning, energy-efficient brewhouse, followed by a tutored ‘sampling’ session in the brewery bar. For brewery tour dates visit www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk, call the brewery on 01885 490 505, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as visiting the brewery, you might also like to visit a Wye Valley Brewery pub, all of which offer a friendly welcome and the full range of delicious cask conditioned Wye Valley Brewery ales including the infamous Butty Bach and HPA. For opening times […]
Home of The Handmade Scotch Egg Company Shop, Eat, Unwind and Recharge… The Nest is a wonderful example of how a Herefordshire food producer (of the famous and delicious Handmade Scotch Eggs) has expanded their location to offer what is now a foodie destination of all kinds. Set in the rustic surroundings of orchards, farmland and a great little plant centre, yet easily accessible just off the main A438 Ledbury/Hereford Road, The Nest is a super stop for a light lunch or tea and cake in its welcoming cafe. Family friendly, the quirky furniture, scrubbed wooden tables and chairs give no airs and graces, it’s all about the relaxed atmosphere and great local ingredients here. Shop for gourmet produce in their in-house deli including fresh daily bread from Peter Cook, oils, preserves, fresh veg, cold store and dairy items, speciality goods and much more, all from the local area and its wonderful artisan producers. Plus, of course, their own unique range of handmade scotch eggs, and they also do lovely produce gift hampers for the hard-to-buy- for foodie. OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, so pop in soon. Monday to Wednesday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Thursday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.30pm and […]
Pixley Berries lives and dreams of juice and fruit. Based in the heart of Herefordshire in Ledbury, Pixley Berries can quench your thirst with their much loved cordials which have a loyal following for very good reasons. They live with taste, flavour, aroma and colour derived from the fruits we squeeze and supply a naturally delicious cordial which contains lashings of juice along with sugar and water. Nothing else is added. The wide range includes Blackcurrant made from their very own special Blackcurrant, “Pixley Black” selected for its fantastic flavour and ability to withstand present changes to climate. Pixley also work with a wealth of varieties to create niche blends of flavour. These rich English cordials will mix to create exhilarating cocktails when blended with wines, sparkling wines, vermouth or spirits. Pixley Berries are also a specialist European ingredient supplier of NFC juices, Concentrates and Purees to leading packers, bottlers and consumer brands, including the functional drinks industry. Learn more.
At Frome Valley Vineyard there is a 1.5ha vineyard with nine different vine varieties. Classic English sparkling and still wines are made from the vineyard set among the orchards and hopyards of the Frome Valley. There is also a demonstration vineyard showing the main trellising systems used throughout the world. The shop sells seven still wines together with the award winning sparkling wine as wells as cider, brandy and other wine related gifts. Visit the winery and taste the wine and go on a tour round the demonstration vineyard. Opening times: WINERY: April-September:Tuesday-Thursday 11.30am-5.00pm or by arrangement. TOURS AND TASTINGS: By appointment. Please contact: 01885 490768 If you are travelling any distance please call us to ensure that we are available to meet you. We can accommodate groups of up to twenty people for tours and wine tastings. For more information please call: Jeanie Falconer, Owner 01885 490 768 or James Cumming, Vineyard Manager 07970 162 798
Discover award-winning ciders at Westons Cider Mill Westons Cider Mill has been lovingly produced in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle for nearly 140 years and is still independently owned by the same family. Find out how the cider magic happens with a tour and tutored tasting experience. Enter the courtyard and converted farm buildings and you’ll find the Scrumpy House Restaurant, Orchard Tea Rooms and Cider Shop; the place to begin a tour. See inside the award-winning mill and gain a unique insight into the craft of cider making with an expert guide. Tours run daily at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm and can be tailored to suit any party size. Learn about the history of this 5th generation business and see inside one of the industries’ largest oak vat houses. Finish off with a cider tasting and browse the variety of delicious ciders on offer. Enjoy dining in the Scrumpy House Restaurant, situated in a former cattle shed that offers plenty of rustic charm with a true taste of Herefordshire. To book a table or make an enquiry please call 01531 660626. There is also the Orchard Tearoom serving hot and cold drinks and plenty of picnic options […]
Ty Gwyn Cider is a multi award winning craft cider company Founded in the Monnow Valley in Monmouthshire by cider apple grower and acclaimed fruit farmer James McConnel in 2007. Ty Gwyn Cider has quickly gained an outstanding reputation and today is one of the foremost craft cider producers in the country. Sold in many of the UK’s leading restaurants and gastropubs and in Waitrose, who deemed Ty Gwyn the perfect cider for their ‘local produce scheme’. Ty Gwyn cider is not made from concentrate, only the finest cider apples carefully sourced from the best growers. It is naturally fermented for a minimum of six months. If you know your cider you will know that an increasingly small amount of cider producers can make these claims for their cider. The team are incredibly proud of this and feel sure that customers will and can taste the difference. Supporters have included wine expert Oz Clarke, Alex Polizzi who said in her ‘Little Black Book of Hotels’ that “you’ll be hard pushed to find a tastier cider than Ty Gwyn”TV, presenters Kate Humble and Jenni Crane and top chefs Angela Hartnett, Stephen Terry, Simon King, Shaun Hill and Valentine Warner. Trade enquiries welcome and […]