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Flavors of Herefordshire Food Festival

Flavors of Herefordshire Food Festival

Simple, natural and local food

In the Year of the Orchard, the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival returns to Hereford Race Course for the weekend of Saturday, 22nd October and Sunday 23rd October, 2011.The Chef-in-Residence will be Jean-Christophe Novelli, who will be demonstrating his skills in the Food Theatre each day. Dubbed ‘the nation’s favourite French Chef’, his career started aged 14 as a baker in his home town of Arras, moving to Paris as the private chef of Elie de Rothschild and then to Keith Floyd’s pub the Maltsters in Devon.Jean-Christophe opened several London restaurants and one in Cape Town & Normandy, winning 4 consecutive Michelin stars along the way. Continue reading

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Experience Eastnor

Experience Eastnor

Experience the true spirit of adventure in its purest form. Enjoy 5000 acres, 30 miles of carefully managed trails in an area of outstanding, natural beauty in the grounds of Eastnor Castle. Land Rover Experience Malvern’s provides a unique adventure that encourages drivers to push both the vehicle and themselves to the limit.

Adventures
Prepare yourself for a driving adventure unlike no other. Experience the full breadth of capability a Land Rover has to offer in stunning surroundings. Endless natural tracks of varying difficulty will keep you occupied for as long as you like.

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Aunt Martha’s Victorian Tea-Rooms

An ideal place where you can meet friends and put the world to rights amongst surroundings that have the quiet harmony of perfect taste.
  • Good food, good cooking and courteous personal service are features for which Aunt Martha’s has become famous.
  • Step back in time and enjoy light refreshments and my famous High Teas, made by my staff in our famous kitchen.
  • All the cakes, savouries and preserves are made from recipes that are at least 100 years old. You will taste the difference.
  • Enjoy the elegant atmosphere of a traditional Victorian Tea-room, with pretty table cloths, proper china and good service with a smile.
  • You will be able to visit the new shop where you will find a fine range of cakes, biscuits and preserves.
  • There is also a range of gift ideas with Cousin Jayne’s Victorian needlework and Old Ned’s wooden treen.
  • If the weather is suitable you can stroll around the cottage garden and discover some of the unusual features.
  • Also, visit old Ned’s new greenhouse and see the latest in Victorian garden tools. I f you have  a special occasion then why not enjoy and celebrate it at Primrose Farm Tea-rooms.
  • Whatever the reason, for your visit you can be assured it will be an experience you will want to repeat.

Aunt Martha

Opening Hours:
March to October
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
12.00 noon -5pm

For further information contact Nadine Carr, Primrose Farm, Brook Cottage, The Branch, Drybrook, Gloucestershire, GL17 9DB
Telephone: (01594) 824 514
www.primrosefarmtearooms.co.uk
Primrose Farm
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Press Release

HEREFORDSHIRE’S ONLY HIGHLY COMMENDED
5 STARS RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS!

Wilton Court joins an elite number of just 66 properties to have achieved the AA
Highly Commended 5 Yellow Stars status in the whole country.

Wilton Court at Ross-on-Wye has just been awarded the AA Highly Commended 5
Yellow Stars Restaurant with Rooms 2011/2012. The very first to be awarded this
prestigious accolade in Herefordshire, this latest award will stand proudly next to
Wilton Court’s two AA Rosettes and Breakfast Award.

“We are absolutely delighted with our latest award” said Helen Wynn, joint owner of
Wilton Court with husband Roger since 2000. “We are running out of wall space!”

The news from the AA came hot on the heels of yet another award collected recently
by the couple at the Savoy in London – Highly Commended by The Considerate
Hoteliers Association.
June 2011

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On the Way to the Wye

40th Celebration Event- On the Way to the Wye
A free family event celebrating the Georgian period in Ross on Wye. Fun, frolics, fiddles faddle, frippery and foppery with living history event. Meet 18th century ladies, gentlemen, soldiers, sailors, rogues and vagabonds. Join the historical progression through Ross with historian Heather Hurley and find out about the famous characters that popularised the Wye Tour and the Picturesque. There will be demonstrations of food, wine, costume, boatbuilding, lacemaking, candle making, basket making and rope making.
Location: Caroline Symonds Gardens ,Ross Riverside, Ross on Wye, Saturday 18th June
Displays
Ross Historical Progression
Meet characters from the Georgian period on their way to embark on the wye Tour from the Market House Heritage Centre led by historian Heather Hurley. Meet Lord Nelson, John Kyrle, Reverend Egerton and Gilpin as well as the notorious Sin eater.
Historical Demonstrations
Visit the conservatory at the Hope and Anchor pub on Ross Quay and learn historians Dr Annie Gray and John Hurley about Georgian food and wine. Observe how a lady dresses in Portrait of a Lady.
Military re-enactments
28th North Gloucestershire Regiment of Foot and the Worcester Yeomanry and Cavalry will be displaying sword and musket drill.
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10 Reasons why Ross is fit for a Prince…

10 Reasons why Ross is fit for the Royals

1) Food fit for a Prince
Herefordshire, with its lush green countryside, red fertile soil and benign climate, produces a range of delicious, fresh, local produce. Shopping for food for her Prince, Kate would find a selection of some of the best the country has to offer less than two miles away at Pengethley Farm shop, winner in the retail category of the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards 2010. Owner Joanna Lewis says: ‘We have several customers from Harewood Park and we would be over the moon to have the Royal couple among them. We are very lucky that in this country we are surrounded by local producers of all different sizes and there is such a fantastic selection of seasonal local produce, including local asparagus, soft fruits and tomatoes.’ If Prince William shares his father’s taste for organic food, he will find one of the best-stocked organic shops in the area at Field Fayre, The Organic Store in Ross on Wye.  ‘They could have handmade artisan breads, organic flours; they could do a full weeks shop here. We are an organic supermarket, everything in the shop is completely organic, with the exception of a couple of products which are purely natural and we have a lot of fair-trade products,’ says owner, David MacGregor who, with his wife Yolanda, moved to the area seven months ago, giving up corporate life in Edinburgh to take over the shop. Says David: ‘We buy local produce when it is available. Last apple season we had about 14 varieties of apples and nine varieties of pears all grown within a couple of miles and all organic. All out meat is organic and sourced from local farms and our local fruit and vegetable come from within a five to ten mile radius.’

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Pomona Awards and Herefordshires Year in the Orchard

Pomona Awards
Herefordshire has more than 3,000 orchards-more than anywhere else in the UK-making it ‘The Country of Orchards’, or as John Evelyn the diarist put it in 1664, ‘Herefordshire has become in a manner an entire orchard’.
To celebrate this rich orchard heritage, The Royal Horticultural Society in partnership with the Herefordshire Year in the Orchard has launched the RHS Pomona Awards. The RHS Pomona Awards will be awarded to orchards in Herefordshire that are exceptional in a variety of ways. We want to celebrate the achievements of growers, horticulturists, cider makers and amateurs who carry on the wonderful orchard tradition with new practices, techniques and varieties. If you know an orchard-any size- that deserves recognition, you can enter it in the traditional bush orchard categories of the RHS Pomona Award.
For more information and application go to www.yearintheorchard.org
Entries must be submitted by 30th June 2011

Herefordshire Year in the Orchard
Two hundred years ago Thomas Andrew Knight published his beautifully illustrated Pomona Herefordiensis, the first book cataloguing in detail varieties of apple and pear. A renowned horticulturist, he helped to found what became the Royal Horticultural Society and in 1811 became its second President.
To celebrate these bicentenaries and Herefordshire’s forgotten horticultural hero, 2011 has become Herefordshire Year of the Orchard. To help you join in the country’s celebrations there are events and activities taking place throughout 2011. Here are just a few examples to whet your appetite!
• Walks, talks and activities in orchards with Once Upon a Tree
• Celebrate Blossomtime with the Big Apple
• Learn about the life of Thomas Andrew Knight through the talks and exhibitions at the Hereford Cider Museum and the Hereford Museum & Art Gallery
• Explore the  wildlife of orchards by joining a bat walk, moth night or bird watch
• Walk on and apple tree mosaic outside Hereford Cathedral
• October is the month of apples with numerous apple days, apple displays-everything apple!
• Plant and apple tree in your community with Pommunity Herefordiensis
• Christmas fairs offering local mistletoe and orchard produce 

Want to know more? Visit www.yearintheorchard.org

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National Trust Summer Events in Herefordshire

 
 

© NTPL / Michael Caldwell

Herefordshire- What’s On!

Berrington Hall

  • Summer on the lake- 25th June
  • Bat walk- 9th July
  • Hereford and Leominster Kite festival- 16 &17 July
  • Dragons, damsels and lake dipping- 1, 18, 15 &22 August
  • Teddy bears picnic- 9th August
  • Mermaids and Pirates- 16 August
  • Heritage open day- 10 September

Brockhampton Estate

  • Walk through paradise wood- 23 May
  • Children’s literature trail- 28 May & 5 June
  • Evening walk- 30 June
  • Ancient tree walk- 14 July
  • Mini beast hunt- 4th August
  • Moat dipping- 5&13 August
  • Moat dipping/mini beasts- 17 August
  • Make a woodland picture- 23 August
  • Children’s outdoor trails-31 August
  • Orchard Walk- 15 September
  • All things Damson- 3&$ September

Croft Castle & Parkland

  • Rangers rumble- 3 July, 4 September& 2 October
  • Children’s literary trails- 28-30 May, 1-5 June,
  • Ranger’s poetry ramble- 5 June
  • Ancient tree walks- 12, 17 June & 7 October
  • In pursuit of spring- 18 June
  • Children’s outdoor trails- 1 to31 August & 1-4 September
  • Bat walk- 17 July &23 September
  • A midsummer night’s dream- 3 August
  • Ugly Bug safaris- 3,10,17,24 &31 August
  • Medieval weekend- 3 August
  • Canterbury tales- 17 August
  • Heritage open day-10 September

The Weir

  • Wildflowers of the air- 18 May
  • Children’s literary trails- 28- 31 May &1-5 June
  • Veni.Vidi, Vici- 22 June
  • Bat walk- 30 July &25 September
  • Children’s outdoor trails- 1-31 August
  • Back to nature- 4, 11, 18 &25 August
  • Heritage open day- 10 September
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Royal Wedding Celebrations at the Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms

Celebrations-at-the-Wilton

To celebrate the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William over 50 guests joined in the celebration at the Wilton Court. Guests were served on arrival at 10am with tea coffee and home made danish pastries. Two large television screens were installed in the Mulberry Restaurant for guests to enjoy the ceremony followed by, Bellini s and canapes, a three course sumptuous lunch and wedding cake. Pictured guests raising a glass to the Royal couple wishing them every happiness in the future.

 

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Herefordshire’s Hidden Extras

Tour Guides for Herefordshire and Welsh Boarder

Marches Tours & Talks – our tour guide association – takes its name from this area of western England, which is called ‘The Marches’ meaning a ‘boundary’ – the boundary between England and Wales. One of the counties in these Marcher lands is Herefordshire – still a secret place known only to those who really seek it out. Here you will see an unspoilt rural landscape at its most beautiful, where you can wander and walk. We have no motorways and no theme parks – just a slower pace of life which gives you time to think and relax.

Each of the CDs are on sale at £5 from local Tourist information centres or direct from marches Tours and Talks (£6 inc p&p) or visit http://www.marchestourstalks.co.uk/

  • ‘The Golden Valley & Beyond’ (via Longtown, Craswall, Hay-on-wye, Peterchurch and Abbeydore)
  • ‘The Black & White Villages’ (vis Leominster, Weobley, Kington, Pembridge, Earisland)
  • ‘Ledbury and Beyond’ (via Much Marcle, Much Cowarne, Bishop’s Frome, Castle Frome and Bosbury)
  • ‘Ross-on-Wye & Beyond’ (via Goodrich, Yat Rock, The Kymin, Monmouth, Garway and Hoarwithy)
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