We all love some local festive foodie treats to wow our visitors, put in Christmas stockings or to fill our hampers. Herefordshire is brimming over with amazing artisan food and drinks producers that have some stunning products that will tantalise your taste buds and make your Christmas extra special.
CELEBRATION DRINKS AND GIFTS
Swan Brewery, Leominster
If you love your ales and you like to share then Swan Brewery of Leominster have a fantastic range of beers for you to choose from. From crisp light ales to delicious dark delights, party beer, casks or gift packs. Brewed by Jimmy Swan, a brewer of over 25 years’ experience, Swan Brewery will really get your festive celebrations off to a great start. Open every Friday 9 – 4, so do stop by and stock up with your favourite ales.
Chase Distillery, Preston Wynne
Chase Distillery have some of the most fantastic vodkas and gins for you to enjoy this festive season, not to mention some wonderful gifts too. A Herefordshire family owned, British Field to Bottle distillery, creating fine spirits from their farm in Herefordshire. Their superb products are in now in demand across the world. So if you like a tipple during the festive season or want to offer your guests something a bit more discerning, hop online and take a look (they do miniatures and special gift packages too).
White Heron Drinks, Kington
For that delicious liqueur served straight as an amazing aperitif, a dash of British Cassis or British Framboise to take a glass of fizz or champagne to new heights or the creation of a magical cocktail to remember. White Heron Drinks has everything you need to add that bit of sparkle to the festive season this year. With a lovely range of gifts for your family and friends too it’s the perfect choice this Christmas.
Orgasmic Cider, Nr Kington
The Orgasmic Cider Company is a family business and working farm based at Great Parton Farm in the beautiful Wye Valley, who take pride in producing some of the most sought after cider and perry in the county. From their award winning ‘White Jersey’ cider to their ‘Parton Perry’ every drop of this golden nectar is made in the traditional way. So if you’re looking to do some food pairing this Christmas or maybe looking for a gift for the cider lover in your life, why not go online or pop by for a tasting.
Ty Gwyn Cider, Pontrilas
This festive season discover cider made in tune with tradition at Ty Gwyn Cider, based out in the wonderful Golden Valley. Their award winning artisan ciders and perries are absolutely out of this world. With Christmas gift packs, merchandise and accessories available you’ll be able to kit out the cider lover in your life this year and take a sneaky bottle or two home to have with your Christmas dinner.
Wye Valley Brewery, Stoke Lacy
Wye Valley Brewery is situated in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside and takes great pride in brewing the best cask and bottle conditioned beer possible. From its ever popular easy drinking ‘Butty Bach’ to the sultry ‘Dorothy Goodbody’s stout’, there’s a beer for just about everyone this festive season. With some great gift packs and brewery related gifts, there is no shortage of stocking filler options for the beer lovers in your life – buy straight from the brewery shop.
Pixley Berries, Ledbury
If you fancy waking up to something fruity this festive season, look no further than Pixley Berries; their cordials are fruit personified. Their naturally delicious cordials are the perfect accompaniment to quench your Christmas thirst and we also love them frozen to melt into your drinks. You won’t have tasted anything quite like it before. They are available on online and are a lovely stocking filler or thank you gift too.
Frome Valley Vineyard, Bishop’s Frome
What about some classically English still and sparkling wines from the Frome Valley in the heart of England this year to grace your Christmas table, or to give as gifts to family and friends. This beautiful range of wines will compliment any festive feast you have planned and will thrill any ardent wine drinker or budding sommelier that you may invite to dinner. A voucher to tour the vineyard later in the year tops this off perfectly.
FABULOUS FESTIVE FOOD
Peter Cooks Bread, Bishop’s Frome
From award winning breads to pastries to die for, Peter Cooks Bread will make your Christmas foodie experience even more special this year. Look out for festive favourites like their own speciality stolen and seasonal ranges. With a menu of delicious delights to choose from, there’s no doubt that everyone will be round to your house for breakfast, dinner and tea this December.
Myrtle’s Kitchen, Bishop’s Frome
No Christmas is complete without an award winning Myrtle’s Kitchen festive preserves contribution. All made traditionally by hand in Herefordshire but with a contemporary twist so your taste buds will never be the same again. The aptly named Christmas and Boxing Day chutneys are the perfect festive gift for the foodies in your life but if you’re unsure about which chutney to choose, Myrtle’s Christmas gift box contains four of their best sellers, which are now being snapped up in London’s Selfridges too. And if you are in the big smoke, pop into Liberty for their exclusively commissioned Christmas Chutney – it’s made my Myrtles!
The Nest, Ledbury
Home of the Handmade Scotch Egg Company, The Nest near Ledbury is an emporium of foodie delights that just cannot be ignored this festive season. 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 are all from the local area and its wonderful artisan producers. The perfect place to find some local festive foodie treats that add a little sparkle to your festive menu or to pick up some fabulous gifts for family or friends. Of course they bring out their seasonal Scotch egg range too, perfect for the nibbles tray, party buffet or Boxing Day cold cuts table.
Field Fayre, Ross-on-Wye
This is the place to go for those with food sensitivities this December and all year round. For a wonderful organic shopping experience head over to the award winning Field Fayre in Ross-on-Wye. Offering a large range of fantastic organic, gluten free products including Booja Booja ice cream and chocolates, crackers and crisps and stacks of gluten free bread, you’ll also find brilliant foodie gifts for the hard to buy for gourmand. Your festive table will be overflowing with loveliness.
The Food Hall, Hop Pocket Shopping Village, Bishops Frome
Opening just in time for the run up to Christmas and packed with local festive foodie treats, the new food hall at the Hop Pocket is jammed full of sparkling foodie gifts. Gift boxes, speciality ranges, from chocolate to cheese crackers, spirits to teas, local meats to breads and spreads, you’ll find regional producers and well-known brands. Of course their famous wine shop is stocked to overflowing making this wonderful independent shopping venue even more of a festive destination than ever.
So shop in Herefordshire for all your local festive foodie treats this year, there are so many wonderful products on offer.
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