UPDATE: Cafe, Ice-Cream parlour and walks open on Saturday July 18th with restrictions and guidelines in place. 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 […]
The River Cafe is currently closed There really is no better way to spend the day! The River Café is a licensed cafe-bar-restaurant located across the boatyard with the Wye Valley Canoe Centre next door. It is a relaxed and informal space with tables on the decking overlooking the River Wye. Open from 8.30am, people gather for a coffee, pastry or a bacon sandwich before going out on the river. Ideally situated for those doing the Wye Valley Walk or the Sustran cycle network (route 8 and 42) for those on two wheels. Not just a hot chocolate and a muffin sort of a place, AA Gill the infamous food critic awarded 4 stars during the Hay Literature Festival. Free Wi-Fi is available at The River Café.
Your Country department store – Oakchurch near Hereford. NOVEMBER LOCKDOWN & CHRISTMAS 2020 SANTA AT OAKCHURCH Unfortunately, due to coronavirus, Santa won’t be able to meet children in his grotto at Oakchurch this year. However, you can still take your letters to Santa to Oakchurch, drop them in to the postbox and Santa will write back to you. Last date for posting is 13th December. Don’t forget to put your full name, address and age on your letter. CALL & COLLECT Oakchurch are extremely vigilant about the safety of their customers and staff by ensuring that everyone who enters the store washes or sanitises their hands, wears a face mask and adheres to 2 metre social distancing. However, they do realise that some vulnerable people may still not wish to enter the store and with that in mind they offer a call and collect service – simply ring them to place and pay for your order and arrange to collect (usually the next day) when a member of Oakchurch staff will drop your order into your car boot for you. Call 01981 500125 (option 7) during office hours. LOCAL DELIVERY During the first lockdown Oakchurch kept the local community fed and […]
Sometimes the simplest things in life give you the most pleasure! Ever thought of keeping poultry or livestock in your garden or orchard? Not sure where to start? At Wynnes of Dinmore you will find everything you need including:- Livestock, Housing, Equipment, Feed, Bedding, Health & Hygiene Products, Books and Free Advice. What could be better than a few bantams, laying hens or ducks wandering around exploring in your garden for their next special treat? Not only will you find your family get enormous pleasure watching these delightful creatures but in exchange for good housing, premium feed & clean water they will reward you with the most delicious fresh and tasty eggs. Is this not the most productive pet? Or perhaps you would like a few friendly playful pygmy goat kids jumping around or gentle alpacas, or even a few lambs? At Wynnes of Dinmore they help to make your dreams reality, so why not Pop up and see what is on offer and how you can take the next step in choosing your next family member. Livestock includes: all types of poultry (laying hens, bantams, ducks, geese, quail, guinea fowl, peacocks) sheep, pigs, alpacas, pygmy goats. Open to the […]
UPDATE: Gardens and plant sales open, cafe closed. Hergest Croft Gardens lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. From spring bulbs to autumn colour this is a garden for all seasons. There are gorgeous flower borders. An old fashioned Kitchen Garden with a Rose Garden; Spring Borders with carpets of bulbs; and unusual vegetables; the Azalea Garden with spectacular colour in the spring: and Park Wood, with thirty foot high rhododendrons are fantastic all to discover. Autumn colour throughout the gardens is superb The Gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax. Teas and light lunches, provided by the award-winning Ridgeway Catering, specialising in local homemade food, are available in the old Dining Room and outside on the Terrace. Plants Sales contains many rare and unusual specimens from all over the world. A wide range of gifts are presented in the Hall. There are special entry rates for pre-booked groups of 20 or more.
Convivial casual dining with designs on top The perfect combination of fine food and unique shopping finds under one roof tucked away in picturesque peacefulness The Restaurant Easy to miss in its courtyard, but well worth seeking out, The Malthouse has become a firm destination on Ledbury’s foodie map with locals and visitors alike. With a long reputation for quality dining, the original husband and wife team Jim and Tracy reclaimed it in 2017 to resurrect a varied menu packed with flavour and ingredients for diners looking for something a little different. Think sandwiches from regional produce and artisan breads, rich chowders instead of soup, an evening menu with a European influence and you’ll know this is far from basic fayre. Bare wood furniture and the café style atmosphere makes this a relaxed venue for daily breakfast, lunch and evening suppers or the a cosy coffee and delicious cake stop mid morning and afternoon. Dine al fresco in the pretty courtyard knowing you have a secret spot in the very heart of this bustling market town. The Gallery Upstairs above the restaurant you’ll find the business’s accompanying gallery. Rustic chic home and garden pieces, fun ornaments, gorgeous gifts and humorous […]
UPDATE: Grounds and cafe open with limited takeaway menu only. Must pre book online. PLEASE READ THE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST: nationaltrust.org.uk/press-release/the-national-trusts-latest-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19 Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. This intimate house became the Croft family home before the Domesday Book. 2019 marks 75 years since D-Day and 80 years since the start of the Second World War. To commemorate these significant anniversaries, we’re sharing the stories of the Croft family from 1939-45. Families can step back in time and discover what life was like at Croft when it was a school for evacuated children during the war, with dressing up and games in the Family Room. In the castle you can live life as Sir James Croft and find out how the family bought back their home in 1923. Explore the family photographs or sit and read through the auction catalogues. Look out for the 1950s photographs and memorabilia which detail how Croft was at risk of demolition before 1957 and what it was like here then. Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and 1908 glasshouse. Find […]
Standing proud and strong, this fine Georgian mansion sits within Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape. This year, we’re embarking on our ambitious Garden Project. This aims to restore, revive and reimagine ‘Capability’ Brown’s iconic walled garden and pleasure grounds for future generations. We’re working in partnership with local community groups to ensure the vision for the gardens are co-created and beneficial for the local community. We need to raise £200,000 to repair the garden walls, including the rare curved section, which is one of only two left surviving in this style. From July 2019, you’ll be able to step inside and explore this area for the first time. Find out how you can support the project on your next visit and ask the team about the various fundraising events and gardening workshops we have planned for the coming year. In the centre of the walled garden, you can discover ‘LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!’, a bold contemporary pavilion designed by internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison. Inspired by Berrington’s Georgian origins and eighteenth-century culture, this 8-metre-tall by 8-metre-wide pink structure inhabits the walled garden; highlighting the importance of this piece of ‘living history’ as the final masterpiece of ‘Capability’ […]
The Tearooms & Cafe at Ludlow Castle offer a delightful rest from browsing the history of this fine medieval castle. Operated by Les Petits Gris you will find a wonderful menu offering delicious bites to tickle your taste buds Open daily 10am-4pm and currently operating on a one-way system. Entry is through the Castle entrance. You will need to queue to enter. To book call 01584 878796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org See also Ludlow Castle
Bill’s Kitchen is now open at All Saints church in the heart of Hereford (created by food writer and restaurateur Bill Sewell) it is a great space for socially distanced dining: calm, spacious and airy. BIll is well known for delicious and sustainable daily breakfast, lunch and beautiful coffee, created from the finest, seasonal Herefordshire produce including free-range bacon, sausage, ham and chicken, farm-fresh cheese, eggs, fruit juice and cider from local farms. The café also bakes fresh bread, cakes, pizza and scones daily, and has a great range of foodie gifts and cookbooks and a great choice of takeaway. Open Monday – Saturday: 8am – 4pm
Home of the Mappa Mundi Hereford Cathedral is built on a place of worship used since Saxon times. It contains some of the finest examples of art and architecture from Norman times to the present day, including the famous Mappa Mundi, the medieval Chained Library and the Hereford Magna Carta. Hereford’s elegantly restored Cathedral Close sits at the heart of our historic city and diocese, with new social spaces, artworks and interpretation for you to enjoy. From Monday 27 July, the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition will be reopening for visitors with a brand new exhibition, The Two Thomases. Further details here Mappa Mundi The Mappa Mundi is a unique medieval treasure, recording how scholars interpreted the world over 700 years ago. More than a thousand drawings and inscriptions show cities and towns, Biblical events, plants, animals, birds, strange creatures and monstrous races. The map bears the name of its author ‘Richard of Haldingham or Lafford’ (Holdingham and Sleaford in Lincolnshire). Recent research suggests a date of about 1300 for the creation of the map. Mappa Mundi is drawn on a single sheet of vellum (calf skin) measuring 64″ by 52″ (1.58 x 1.33 metres), tapering towards the […]
UPDATE: you can now visit Brockhampton without pre booking, keep up to date on their Facebook page. Brockhampton Invites visitors to discover more about key figures from the past At the heart of this 687-hectare (1700-acre) farmed estate lies Lower Brockhampton , a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century. The house is surrounded by a moat and is entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse, built 1530-40. There are miles of walks through orchards, park and woodland, featuring ancient trees, historic damson and apple orchards and the picturesque Lawn Pool. Brockhampton is home to a rich variety of wildlife, from rare bugs and beetles in our ancient orchards to a wide range of bird species which you might spot from our wildlife hide. Steeped in history, Brockhampton has witnessed many changes. Inside the manor house, explore 600 years of history and discover the families which have made this special place home. Each room takes you to a different era of history; from the wealthy landowners of medieval times to the Georgian gentleman who lived here before building a mansion house at the top of the hill. More recently the manor house was home to farming families […]
A vast amazing and unique collection of independent shops The Hop Pocket shopping village offers a welcome change to characterless out-of-town locations and an alternative to the High Street. Set on a large site at the base of Fromes Hill on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border, it is a real year-round destination where you will always find a huge range of shops and great gifts. it is the perfect venue for meeting friends, a family day out or simply an indulgent day-trip, ample onsite parking makes this an easily accessible location for a full day out and a most enjoyable way to take home something different. First started as a small shop in 1988, the gift shop is now twenty times its original size. An ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ or ‘Little Harrods’ with a large range of items, from handmade crafts to gifts of all sizes and value. You can even buy your very own Hop Garland or have one delivered! New in 2019 the Food Hall combines all the food and wine shops to create a wonderful, new area that stocks fine and wonderful things to eat and drink, with a focus on amazing local suppliers including free range eggs, meat, chocolate, fudge, […]
THE COURTYARD IN HEREFORD IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE HEALTH RISKS WITH CORONAVIRUS. PLEASE READ THEIR STATEMENT HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS. Previous winners of a Flavours of Herefordshire Awards, The Courtyard’s Café Bar is set in the impressive glass fronted atrium of the venue. Whether watching a film, seeing a show or just passing by, The Courtyard has many mouth-watering treats to tempt you and a lovely brand-new Anglo-Italian menu. Enjoy a wide range of hot and cold drinks and delicious home-baked goodies. Try our famous quiches and exciting salads, mouth-watering main meals or lighter snacks – all made using the best of local ingredients and perfect for lunch or dinner. Take in the view from the first-floor Mezzanine, watch the world go by from the Café or enjoy the sunshine on the patio on warmer days. Meeting for business (FREE WiFi) or pleasure, with friends, with the kids or alone, The Courtyard is the perfect place to relax. For those with special diets we can make a variety of amendments to cater for specific needs. Our staff are arts enthusiasts with a passion for great food and drink and good times. Or if you’re in a rush, grab a takeaway […]