…the name should give us a clue to how important the first meal of the day is. Unless we have been sneaking down for a midnight snack it is likely to be 10 or more hours since we ate anything when that alarm clock rings – we are allowed to be hungry! Dieticians and nutritionists have been saying for ages that we shouldn’t skip breakfast, not even if we are trying to lose weight – actually especially if we are trying to lose weight. How much more likely are you to reach for a snack mid-morning if you haven’t eaten since the night before? A good breakfast provides the energy we need to get us and our brains going.
As part of Farmhouse Breakfast Week a group of Ledbury businesses are offering everyone a really delicious breakfast on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of January. For example at The Talbot there will be a special Ledbury Big Breakfast Brunch, recalling the days of railway dining and featuring anecdotes from railway historian Gareth Calan Davies. As with all the breakfasts in and around Ledbury this weekend each & every bit of food will be locally produced.
Our three fantastic butchers are offering local bacon, eggs and sausages, you will be able to sample them and I believe there are some specials offers on too. And if you have never tasted wild boar, then you can go to Llandinabo Farm Shop and have a Forest of Dean Wild Boar bap – I might see you there!
You don’t eat meat? Don’t despair, there are plenty of other things on offer. Handley Organics are offering their range of locally produced scotch eggs from The Handmade Scotch Egg Company in Bishops Frome. These include gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian scotch eggs as well as traditional ones, and they are all delicious. Just down the road at Four Oaks Delicatessen you can buy their own muesli and local fruit purée pots with a 10% reduction for the 2 days of the event. Also on offer are individual breakfast frittatas with local eggs, potato, mushroom and bacon.
And Ledbury’s cafes are offering a mouth-watering selection, from Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine and a Fisherman’s Breakfast (Smoked Mackerel and Poached Egg) with a free filter coffee at Sez to a continental style buffet breakfast with a twist at the Muse Café in the Homend. Choices will include Pimhill muesli, savoury filled croissants, savoury and sweet muffins, local breads, cold meat and cheeses, delicious fruit compote with local yoghurt.
All in all, fifteen local businesses are offering a fantastic range of locally produced food, details will be on the website shortly. So whether you fancy the monster Breakfast at Nice Things or the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs at Blue Fuchsia there will be a breakfast for you in Ledbury that weekend!