A Last Gift from Pascal

Pascal with breakfast breads at Chez Pascal 2018

Pascal Clarenne of Chez Pascal fame sadly passed away on Wednesday 7th April.

Many will remember the joy of tucking into one of Pascal’s special pastries, breakfasts or lunches. 

For all of us Pascal has left an unusual gift.

In the latter days of his illness, Pascal was supported by St Michael’s Hospice with whose help Pascal has left us one last recipe – for Raspberry Tart.  Pascal creates the tart in his room at St Michael’s on a video available at https://www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/video/pascals-raspberry-tart/

This is probably one of the most inspiring cookery films you will ever see.

We remember Pascal for his support with Janie of the Ledbury Big Breakfast – when the enclosed photo was taken, for steamed up windows in winter, for Ledbury’s little bit of France, for the French onion soup, for pleasing both Ledburians and visitors.

Our condolences go to Janie and the Clarenne family.

If the video delights or moves you please donate to St Michael’s Hospice who made Pascal’s wish possible!

Local Food Updates – Thursday 8th April

Please continue to support our local food producers and food retailers – safely!

We have news of new openings and first news of a new venture. (see below).  We have updated our Local Food Information Page on our website with the latest detailed information click here to access the pageto help you find local businesses that are here to serve you.

Ledbury Country Market operates on Fridays at the Burgage Hall between 10am and noon, and also offers an order and collect service.

Ledbury Charter Market runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays with several food stalls.  More details on our Information Page – or check out the market’s Facebook site – Ledbury Charter Market.

Some of our Local Cafes and Eating Spots are now able to offer outdoor service from the week starting 12th April, including The Malt House, The Nest and The Scrumpy House at Westons.  Several others continue to offer takeaways or call and collect ordering to enable you to continue to enjoy their wares.  

Local Pubs are also able to offer outdoor service where there is suitable space for this including The Farmers Arms, Wellington Heath, The Oak, Staplow and The Walwyn Arms, Much MarcleThe Wellington, Chance’s Pitch is sticking with its Call to Collect service only, as is The Slip Tavern, Much Marcle. For more information – check with your favourite by phone or Facebook to see what’s on offer, booking and collection arrangements etc.

Food Deliveries and Takeawaysdetails of local businesses who provide delivery, order and collect or takeaway services have been updated.

And news of things Old and NEW …

Kempley Farmers Market has been run by a dedicated team for the past 10 years, but they have decided time is creeping on and they are now calling it a day.  Not all is lost however as the Market has been offered a new home at Hellens Manor, Much Marcle.  The trial run for what is hoped will become a monthly market will be held at Hellens on Saturday 3rd July – a date for your diary!  Many thanks to all those who have made this award winning market such a success.

“Shop Safe Shop Ledbury”… All our “non-essential” shops in Ledbury will be open again from 12th April.  Please support them to help make up for a missing 3 months and bring the buzz and vibrancy back to the High Street – keeping a safe distance from others of course.

Maybe one day we’ll be able to do this again!

Good old days
Scene from Ledbury Ox Roast June 2013

Please let us know of any services we have missed so that we can include them in our next update – phone 01531 633637

Ledbury Celebration & Food & Farming Awards

We have some sad news and an opportunity for you to recognise a local food hero.

Ledbury Celebration

Our now traditional annual food festival in Ledbury on the last day of the Ledbury Poetry Festival in early July has become an extremely popular event featuring the very best of local food alongside fabulous live poetry and music, and a taste of heritage.

We were unable to run the Celebration last year due to the Covid emergency, and after looking at all the options we regret that we are again not able to run the event this year. 

There are still too many risks and uncertainties for a small group like the Ledbury Food Group to take on running such an event, which depends for its atmosphere and success on the free and safe circulation of its many visitors and producers.

Please continue to support our local food and drink producers and retailers – we will continue to gather information on what you can buy or order and from whom on our Local Food Information page.   Look out for our updates as and when restrictions are eased.


Hereford Times Food and Farming Awards 2021

Do you have a Local Food Hero?

Perhaps a local food supplier who has helped you through the past year? 

Perhaps a local food retailer whose produce and service is consistently special?

Or do you have a favourite local café or restaurant? Perhaps one who has gone the extra mile?

You can now nominate your favourite Food Retailer, Farm Shop, Restaurant Café or Tea Room or Producer for recognition in this year’s Hereford Times Food and Farming Awards.

To find out how to nominate your favourite visit: www.herefordtimes.com/awards/foodandfarming

Full details of how to enter are there and are also available in the Hereford Times newspaper with an entry form for posting.

Nominations close at midday on Thursday 8th April.

March Recipes


3 leeks, finely sliced
oil for frying
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
150g. bacon lardons or bacon chopped into small pieces
250g. pearl barley
1 litre chicken stock
200g. chopped curly kale
3 tbsps. creme fraiche
juice of 1 lemon
finely chopped parsley (optional)

  1. Heat a glug of oil in a large, deep frying pan and add the leeks.  Fry for 3 – 4 minutes, then add the garlic, half the bacon and the pearl barley.  Gently fry for a further 2 – 3 minutes, then slowly start to add the chicken stock.
  1. As the pearl barley absorbs the stock, keep slowly adding more.  When three quarters of the stock has been added (this will take 15 – 20 minutes) pour in the remaining stock, then gently simmer until the barley is cooked (another 10 – 15 minutes).
  1. Meanwhile, in a small frying pan cook the remaining bacon and set aside.  Stir the kale into the barley in batches and simmer for a few minutes.
  1. Season to taste, stir in the creme fraiche and lemon juice then serve up sprinkled with parsley if you wish.


You can, of course, make this dish vegetarian by omitting the bacon.

You get more juice from a lemon if you roll it first, don’t ask me why, I was taught that tip at Catering College.

If rice risottos frighten you there are quite a few oven baked risotto recipes to be found on the internet.  They are very successful, I have tried some.


400g. rhubarb
500mls. water
100g. caster sugar
1 tbsp. runny honey
284mls. double cream
3 tbsps. whiskey

  1. Chop the rhubarb into pieces and place in a saucepan with the water, sugar and honey.  Bring to the boil and simmer until thick with strands of broken-down rhubarb.  Leave to cool, preferably overnight.
  1. Whip the cream until it is really stiff and doesn’t move.  Mix the whiskey into the rhubarb and finally fold this into the whipped cream.  I would whip the cream and fold in the fruit at the last minute when ready to serve the dessert and not do it in advance.

Thank you for supporting the Ledbury Big Breakfast

Many thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s Big Breakfast at Home, and by doing so supported our local food retailers and in turn our local food producers.

We’ve heard from people who took the plunge and treated themselves to something different from normal to start the day – and enjoyed doing so. 

We’ve seen the smiles from happy retailers and butchers for a good week’s trade.

We’ve already seen some super pictures of your creations – thanks for these to Fran, Norman and Anne, and Jenny (with her precision machine opened boiled eggs) – see these below.  Please continue to send your breakfast photos to bb@ledburyfoodgroup.org.

We’ve heard too that trade was thin at the Ledbury Country Market on Friday – please support if you can this valuable local food asset which continues to meet on Friday mornings in the Burgage Hall see http://www.ledburycountrymarket.co.uk/.

…and in these strange times, please continue to support our local food economy – an enjoyable breakfast is not just for the Ledbury Big Breakfast weekend but for ever.



The Ledbury Big Breakfast at Home – This weekend!

It’s now time to start planning for your special Big Breakfast at Home for Big Breakfast weekend – Friday to Sunday 29th to 31st January. 

To help you we’ve collected a range of breakfast recipes including one from Chris at the Scrumpy House Restaurant – click here to view.

Whether you are treating yourself by cooking up a recipe, or assembling a breakfast e.g. your own Ledbury Big English Breakfast, we have local shops selling locally produced food to “build” your breakfast at home including:

  • Our local butchers – Gurneys (The Homend), Waller’s (The Homend) and LDA Meats for bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding and ham, much locally produced.
  • Handley Organics (High Street) for large range of cereals and nuts to make porridge or a “Ledbury” muesli, local jams, bread flours, organic dairy products, fruit and vegetables.
  • Ceci Paolo (High Street) with Herefordshire yogurt, local cheese, locally smoked fish, bread flours and lots of other breakfast options.
  • The Nest (Hereford Road) with its huge range of local produce to choose from plus its special Homemade Scotch Eggs. Check the Nest on Facebook for any special offers.
  • Our two greengrocers Jenkins (The Homend) and The Fruit and Veg Shop (Bye Street) may still have local apples and pears as well as the normal range of fruit and vegetables.
  • The Ledbury Country Market – on Friday 29th January 10am to 12noon – featuring its normal range plus charcuterie and dim sum.

And if you don’t want to cook you can order a takeaway (call and collect) from the Scrumpy House Restaurant at Westons, Much Marcle (Phone 01531 660626).

Details of shops that can provide deliveries or call and collect can be found on our Local Food Information page.  Please order in good time to avoid disappointment.

Please observe Government regulations when shopping and in the home.

Share your breakfast with others by social media or Zoom – not in person!

Send us pictures of your special meal to bb@ledburyfoodgroup.org – we will put the best on our website.


Enjoy your breakfast!

Ledbury Big Breakfast 2021 – at home

We can’t have a Ledbury Big Breakfast this year … let’s have a Ledbury Virtual Breakfast

Picture by Juliette Ainsworth (for Ledbury Celebration 2018)
Picture by Juliette Ainsworth (for Ledbury Celebration 2018)

This year celebrate Ledbury’s annual celebration of Breakfast – the Ledbury Big Breakfast – by treating yourself to a special breakfast at home on the weekend 29th, 30th and 31st January.

This is when we normally celebrate the Ledbury Big Breakfast, but we can’t do this in the traditional way this year due to Covid, as our cafes, pubs and hotels are closed.

Instead we ask you to create your own special breakfast at home buying produce locally and supporting local retailers and producers as part of your shopping.

We are blessed with shops stocking the ingredients to make all kinds of breakfast goodies from the famous Full English, Eggs Hollandaise, Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs, Porridge, Pancakes, Hams and Charcuterie, to Cheese dishes.

Local butchers can serve you with bacon, sausages, ham, eggs and that favourite for some – black pudding.  For fruit and vegetables try our two greengrocers.

Local independent shops stock lots of locally produced ingredients such as smoked fish, eggs, yogurt and dairy products, preserves and honey, cereals for porridge and bread.

Ledbury Country Market at the Burgage Hall on Friday 29th January morning will have specials including charcuterie and dim sum Chinese goodies.

We will be putting up some breakfast recipes on the Ledbury Food Group website to stimulate your creative juices. You can find lots more recipes at http://www.shakeupyourwakeup.com/breakfast-recipes.

For those who are isolating or reluctant to go shopping, some shops are able to take orders for delivery or collection – see the website’s Local Food Information Page for details.  Allow time for deliveries.

Please observe Government requirements and guidelines re Covid 19 when shopping and at home.  You can always share the experience with others by social media or Zoom.

Send photos of your Big Home Breakfast to us at bb@ledburyfoodgroup.org – we will put the best on our website.

Lastly consider helping others less fortunate by contributing the cost of a breakfast to charity e.g. to Ledbury Food Bank at http://www.ledburyfoodbank.org/ or NHS Charities Together at https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/.