We are truly delighted and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our guests that have written reviews of their experience with us.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future and please check our web site for special offers during the coming months.
Helen and Roger Wynn
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Stacey Barber, Wilton Court’s Commis chef is finalist in the Young Chef in Industry at the Flavours of Herefordshire awards 2012
We are delighted that Stacey was the finalist in the Flavours competitions for Young Chef in Industry 2012 at the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards. Pictured below her award winning dish Pan fried pork loin with butternut squash risotto crispy sage leaves and dry cured bacon. You can see from her expression that she really enjoyed the event.
Preparation time 15 minutes cooking time 40 minutes, serves 2
Ingredients- Piece of pork skin, 2 pork chops taken from the loin, 6 slices of dry cured bacon, i onion 1 clove of garlic, 150 ml cider, 500 ml white stock, 10 sage leaves. 1/2 butternut squash peeled and diced, 200g Arborio rice , 50g butter, olive oil, salt and pepper
Method- Score pork skin with sharp knive. Cover with boiling water and drain. Place on a cooling rack and onto a baking tray, Rub sea salt and oil into the scores and bake for 40 minutes in the oven at 240 degrees until it is dried out. Approximately 40 minutes.
Peel and remove seeds of the butternut squash and dice, add a drissle of oil, salt and pepper, roast in the oven for 20 minutes until it is browned and soft ready to stir into the risotto.
Chop onion into fine dice and crush garlic into puree. Put into a hot pan with a little butter and oil. Cook until soft. Add 2 slices of chopped bacon and cook for 2 minutes. Add Arborio rice and cook for 3 minutes stirring all the time so that the mixture does not burn. Add cider and reduce . Stir in the cooked butternut squashy and season with salt and pepper to taste
I would like to take this opportunity in thanking you and your staff for the fantastic professional and friendly service and support that you have provided to me and my customers over the last year. I agree with my customers that the food and service is fantastic. It is always a pleasure coming to the Wilton Court knowing that I am going to enjoy great service from a great establishment in a beautiful location. I look forward to returning again in 2013.
Two day water painting classes for beginners and improvers on 24th and 25th April 25th and 26th June 13th and 14th August and 8th and 9th October 2013.
For further details please visit www.paintingcourse.org
They are fun informative, working in a no pressure relaxed environment. All painting tools and materials are supplied for the course. Two days tutoring from Roger Orton proffesional artisit including demonstration of techniques used. A maximum of six students allowing time to give each student individual tuition
For reservations please call Roger on 02476 735617
Price of £295.00 single occupancy and £268.00 per person double occupancy to include overnight accommodation for one night with a three course dinner, tea and coffee breaks and a sandwich lunch both days. Additional nights accommodation can be reserved directly with the hotel. To attend the course without accommodation and dinner £230.00 per person £50.00 extra for partners sharing the room with dinner and breakfast not attending the course.”
Flavours of Herefordshire Young Chefs one step closer to Italy!
With more entries than ever before for the Flavours of Herefordshire Young Chef category, judges had an extremely difficult task of shortlisting the counties young cookery talent this year. So much so, judges were unable to narrow down the shortlist to two from industry and two in training as previous years. There are actually four from industry and three from the training category.
“Standards are extremely high for this year, and we very excited about the cook off next month” said Stuart Leggett from
Herefordshire College of Technology.
Finalists from the Cook-off will then be put through their paces during a head to head final at the allpay Flavours of Herefordshire Festival on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2012. The overall winner will then be announced and awarded their prize at the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards Dinner held at Lyde Court on 2nd February 2013.
This is the first year the overall prize winner will receive tickets to the 2013 Host Event in Milan, Italy to include Hotel and Travel expenses courtesy of Axon Enterprises Limited and Electrolux.
“This prize is a fantastic opportunity for the winner to visit the most prestigious catering equipment exhibition in Europe. Axon hopes this prize will provide a springboard for upcoming talent in the industry and education sector, and to showcase their flair and passion with their recognition rewarded with this exceptional prize” says Paul Emberton of Axon Enterprises, based in Hereford.
The shortlisted Young chefs through to the next round and competing at the cook off at Herefordshire College of Technology on Wednesday 12th September are announced:
Students through to the next round are:
William Baker – Herefordshire College of Technology
Benjamin John Dean – Herefordshire College of Technology
Kelly Tipton – Herefordshire College of Technology
Industry Chefs through to the next round are:
Marcus Esteves – Castle Lodge Hotel, Wilton, Ross On Wye
Hannah Telfer – Glewstone Court, Glewstone, Ross On Wye
Thomas Evans – Sun Inn, Winforton
Stacy Barber – Wilton Court, Wilton, Ross On Wye
Entertainment for the whole family!
Children’s fun & food activities competitions
Live cook offs and demos all weekend | Live celebrity demonstrations Mary Berry CBE | Ready Steady Cook’s Tony Tobin
Katy Ashworth from CBeebies| Tented Food Pavilion
Outside food market
Mouth-watering local produce
FREE entry to our new location
in Hereford City Centre
Classic old English Gardens, Vineyard, Shop and Court Cafe including David Austin Rose Garden and working kitchen garden
- Open daily all year except Christmas and New Year
- Admission free – Open 10.30am-4pm 1st October – Easter 10am -4.30pm Easter- 30th September
- Court Cafe- serving refreshments all day
- Gift shop including plants and Broadfield wines for sale
- Wine tasting parties , and guided tours Ample parking
A delightful place to visit during your stay in Herefordshire . For further details please visit www.broadfieldcourt.co.uk
The Flavours of Herefordshire Festival celebrates all that is scrumptious about the county for food and drink lovers. Now in its 7th year, for 2012 the festival will be in a beautiful new location in Hereford City centre, in the newly refurbished grounds of Hereford Cathedral, the Castle Green, High Town and linking streets on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.
Food shopping pavilions, farmers’ markets, demonstrations in the live cookery theatres, talks, competitions, children’s’ entertainment, music and a wealth of events are all to be enjoyed over an exciting weekend at this free entry festival.
Producers will be exhibiting their home-grown, artisan made food and drink, giving you the chance to meet the makers, growers and chefs behind the county’s very best flavours and buy the freshest ingredients to take home.
Appearing with live demonstrations in our exclusive celebrity theatre (entry charge may apply) will be famous faces from TV cookery including from The Great British Bake-Off much loved culinary author Mary Berry CBE, acclaimed restaurateur and Ready Steady Cook favourite Tony Tobin, and CBeebies very own Katy Ashworth. An unmissable date for your diary.
Cook-offs and challenges throughout the Festival could see you participating yourselves or simply judging on the taste tests and putting your vote to the Flavours of Herefordshire award winners. For further details please visit
Quietest land under the sun’ Housman.”
Where will you find us? In north western Herefordshire, close to the Shropshire Hills AONB and the Radnor Hills of the Welsh Marches. Deeply rural with breathtaking countryside, of rolling hills, ancient woods, forests and water meadows. The rivers, Teme (a SSSI), Clun and Lugg are prominent features of the landscape. Historically a land of political history and intrigue, dominated by the rich estates, offices of power and profit bestowed upon the Mortimer Marcher Lords of Wigmore, Harleys of Brampton Bryan and Crofts of Croft Castle.
Some of the place names of our picturesque villages and hamlets are lost in the mist of time. Many were thriving medieval townships with bustling markets, minstrels, traders and medieval malarkey. Such a place was Wigmore, to be found nestling under the imposing castle and church.
Wigmore Basin, once a glacial lake, can be seen from Wigmore Castle. To the left of the basin Wigmore Abbey can be glimpsed and the spire of Downton church.
Surrounding the basin are the hamlets of Leinthall Starkes, Elton, Pipe Aston and Burrington, all easily explored on bike. The hills in the far distance are Mortimer Forest and Bringewood Chase: beyond is Ludlow.
Rising behind the villages of Lingen, Aymestrey and Adforton can be found ancient woods and meadows, green lanes and the tiny hamlets with evocative sounding names – Lye, Deerfold, Cruckmullen and Cross of the Tree. From Lower Willey and Combe the hills rise into Wales and Offa’s Dyke.
When the days lengthen a profusion of wood anemones, bluebells and ramsons (wild garlic) are to be found on woodland walks; pied flycatcher, redstart, and cuckoo return. As in medieval times, the woods and forests are the habitat of elusive roe deer. Butterflies and moths can be found in profusion along byways and woodland glades and overhead red kite.
Brampton Bryan, a small village with black and white cottages set around the village green. An ancient yew hedge surrounds the hall and ruined castle. A little upstream and across the River Teme, set in the Shropshire Hills AONB is Bucknell, with a railway halt for the Heart of Wales line.
Something new to find and explore every season of the year
Leintwardine, set on the confluence of the rivers Teme and Clun and once a Roman trading post, still bustles with the life of a vibrant rural community. Leintwardine offers a choice of places to eat and the taste of real ales, ciders and perries.
Sitting very quietly beside one of the rivers it is not unusual to see dipper, kingfisher, sand martins, goosander and little egret. At the right time of the day and year you might be lucky to spot otters. Walking the Teme upstream to Walford and Buckton and the Clun to Clungunford you may possibly see osprey and marsh harrier, following the rivers on their spring and autumn migratory route.
After crossing the river Lugg at Aymestrey (surrounded by limestone double scarp features rich in fossils), Shobdon, with its ‘Strawberry Hill’ Gothick church, set in stunning parkland and Kingsland are both thriving villages. Croft Castle and Croft Ambrey Iron Age Fort, parkland and estate has glorious views into Wales, Shropshire and Herefordshire.
From Croft the Mortimer Trail leads east to Richards Castle and Ludlow. From early summer to late autumn, festivals, village fetes and celebratory events flourish – this is where you will find the heart of Mortimer Country. Foe further details please visit www.exploremortimercountry.com