When it comes to all things edible, Herefordshire is home to some of the finest produce and events in the country, with farmer’s markets and food festivals all showcasing the award-winning delicacies Herefordshire has to offer. 2015 has been another superb year for the region, with both traditional Herefordshire foods and some unlikely hits coming to the fore. So what should you look out for on your next visit?
Hereford Beef would top many lists. Prized internationally for its high quality natural flavour, tenderness and succulence, demand for our beef has sky-rocketed recently.You simply have to try it for yourself to appreciate how incredible our beef really is – an eating experience just full of flavour that leaves you wanting more. Should you need any further convincing, our restaurant sources some fantastic Hereford steaks, while you could also try an excellent local butchers in Ledbury such as Wallers.
Should you fancy something regional to complement the beef, you’re also in luck because Herefordshire Cider is also widely regarded as the very best. The county has a long and rich history of cider and perry production in fact, with over half of Great Britain’s annually produced 130,000,000 gallons of cider per year produced here (sounds like quite a party!). Herefordshire has around 3000 apple and pear orchards, covering over 9000 acres - more than any other county in UK. Do keep an eye on our bar for local ciders, whether bottled or on tap.
If you looking for something a little stronger, however, Chase Distillery is a more unexpected regional champion, having created the world’s first super premium English potato vodka (voted World’s Best Vodka by the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition). They also offer their vodka with some Herefordshire twists, using local produce like apples and rhubarb to add extra flavour. Chase Distillery is in the process of releasing a whisky. We hope to add this to our continually expanding whisky collection, currently standing at over 40 different bottles which attracts a lot of attention. Click here for the official Chase Distillery site.
Herefordshire Food Events, Autumn 2015
Ledbury has plenty of food events to experience classic Herefordshire specialities- and there is no better time in the year than late summer and autumn! Why not come and get a taste for yourself at one of these fantastic gatherings near Ledbury?
Canal, Beer, Cider & Perry Festival:The 2015 H&G Canal Festival (22/23 Aug 2015) Coupled with the Saturday evening Beer, Cider & Perry Festival - is expected to be bigger and better than ever before. It will include heritage boat processions and rides, live music, local stalls and good food and drink:http://www.thewharfhouse.co.uk/canal-festival.htmThe Leominster Food Fayre: The first Leominster Food Fayre will take place on Saturday 5th September 2015, from 10am until 4pm. The perfect opportunity for local food and drink producers and food-related businesses to showcase their products. There will also be cookery demonstrations in ‘The Mortimer Country Food Fair Kitchen’ to offer great recipe ideas using local produce available at the fayre: www.leominsterfoodfayre.co.uk
Ledbury Country Market: Open every Friday from 8.30am to 1pm.The products sold are all locally produced, locally grown and hand crafted by local people and include free range eggs, home grown fruit, vegetables and plants in their season, as well as a large choice of baked goods - cakes, biscuits, puddings and seasonal items such as Christmas cakes and puddings, and Easter simnel cakes: http://www.ledburycountrymarket.co.uk/
An Authentic Taste of Herefordshire at the Feathers Hotel, Ledbury:
Here at the Feathers Hotel, we make full use of award winning regional produce in our hotel restaurants, Fuggles Brasserie and Quills Restaurant. Seasonality influences the range of dishes that we offer and all of our ingredients are sourced from the finest local producers, including artisan and specialist suppliers. There can be few better hotels for foodies in Herefordshire!