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Our big ESL Herefordshire Tourism Forum this October went with a real swing at the beautiful party venue that is Lemore Manor.

Set just outside the famous Black and White Village of Eardisley and formerly a nursing home, Margaret and Ben Owen’s 10 year labour of love has turned Lemore into a glamorous location for not just weddings but a series of food and fun themed public events.

Showcasing their hosting skills to perfection, the Lemore team provided attendees with delicious savoury and sweet treats and beverages and a tour of the premises for a look behind the luxury scenes including the 19 bedrooms, games rooms, lounges, dining room, and external shepherd’s huts and the pretty Hen House perfect for girly gatherings.

The main forum was held in the spectacular Orangery, overlooking the terrace and grounds, where businesses of all kinds, both members and non-members of ESL were welcomed for plenty of networking, to listen to Herefordshire’s tourism news, an ESL update, and from a whole range of interesting speakers.

Kerry Gibson-Yates informed us of Herefordshire CAMRA’s new Press2Pub initiative to encourage and facilitate more pubs to carry more cider from the county’s independent makers.

What an attraction for tourists and residents alike to enjoy and learn more about this county’s famous drink.

If you are a Herefordshire Cider Maker and would like to know more, or a publican who wants to find out how you can become a cider destination contact Kerry on: 07973 282825

Stella Holt from Food Allergy Friends, reminded businesses of the benefits of being allergy friendly and providing the correct information to avoid legal recourse.

Making the point that ‘if you can help a sufferer or even those with dietary preferences, you will become a sought-after destination and gain repeat custom and positive reviews’, the advice was relevant to a host of businesses from B&Bs serving breakfasts to cafes, restaurants and hotels.

Learn more about how you can become a food allergy friend by contacting Stella on:  07759 302881.

Sandra Taylor discussed how accessing additional care support for visitors can be provided by Kemble at Home, a local care provider in Herefordshire.

Enhancing the experience of holiday makers, travellers and leisure takers gives peace of mind not just to them but those travelling with them and ESL is a strong advocate of wellbeing in tourism. Find out more from Sandra on: 07930 679955.

Garry Thomas concluded the programme of talks with very useful insights into overcoming planning issues in challenging rural locations. As a Top 25 Grand Designs Architect, his Herefordshire based practice, Thomas Studio, specialises in innovative self-builds and successful planning applications in our beautiful countryside.

Garry has lots of free advice to download from his Thomas Studio website or call him on 07747 478079.

Our Forums are always packed with useful information and people to connect with and they are free to attend, whether you are an ESL Member or not.

If you are a Herefordshire food or drink producer or venue, accommodation, activity, attraction, leisure or events business, and would like to enjoy our next Forum at Canwood Gallery, Checkley, 23 January 2018, please send your interest to Amanda on and we will add you to our information register.

Want to benefit from becoming an ESL Member? Contact Kerry on

We’re also now booking for our big famous 2018 Ultimate Herefordshire Guide book. Contact us on for more rates and details.