We are very lucky in Ledbury and District to have some super places to eat – a view confirmed by entries on Trip Advisor. What is more, most of these feature food and drink products from the local district.
When Jo Stephens took on the Trumpet Corner Tea Room and Art Gallery just over 2 years ago she realised the importance of using local produce. “People appreciate good quality food from local sources and our regular customers recognise that local sourced food means keeping money in the local economy.”
Most of the food that Jo and her team serve is cooked on the premises or comes from cake makers in Bosbury. Where possible she uses local vegetables and fruit. Meat products for the café’s “specials” come from Wallers in Ledbury. Salad leaves are sourced from Lane Cottage Produce in North Herefordshire, and eggs are very local from William Mays Free Range Eggs just down the road. Jo is looking for a local bread supplier.
We have locally good suppliers of tea and coffee who bring the raw materials to Herefordshire and then add their magic in blending and roasting. Jo gets her tea to a special “Trumpet Tearoom” blend from Trumper’s Teas in Hereford, and her coffee from James Gourmet in Ross, which she says, “May cost more than other suppliers, but makes a beautiful cup of coffee”.
Very local fruit juices are on offer including apple juices from Jus of Aylton, berry fruit drinks from Pixley Berries and, new this year, Season Cordials of Ledbury with their rhubarb cordial, which goes very well with ice-cream from Hillbrooks of Kempley. Jo also stocks Heartsease Farm fruit drinks from the Welsh Border.
Local suppliers are prominently displayed on the café menu as a prompt and reminder to customers.
Alongside the tea room are a couple of gallery rooms displaying art works for sale – painting, prints, jewellery, ceramics and sculpture. Again the theme is very much on the local; a cooperative group of 20 local artists display their work there with the displays changing on a regular basis. Two artists are “in-residence” working regularly at the gallery – Caroline H Green artist and children’s author/illustrator and Ed Elliott Wood Sculptor. They don’t mind being interrupted to talk about their work. Artists from the cooperative may also be present.
All in all, Trumpet Corner encapsulates local – good local food with good local art. Do pay Jo and her team a visit.
Location: Trumpet Corner, near Ledbury HR8 2RA (A438/A417 Junction)
Phone: 01531 670082
We hope to feature more local businesses offering local food and drink