News update – Big Apple, Photo Exhibition, Café closes, Shop in a Bus

The Big Apple Harvestime Event – is taking place on Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th October around Much Marcle.

Full details of the programme have now been released and are available at

It’s a great event for savouring all that’s apple and enjoying the wonderful countryside below Marcle Ridge.

Do go!

Photo Exhibition Reminder – We are mounting a small exhibition feature life at three local farms as part of Ledbury Market House’s participation in this year’s national Heritage Open Days. It’s open on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Cameron and Swan Café Closure – Louise and her team have been providing great local food at Cameron and Swan for more than 8 years, appreciated by locals and visitors alike.  They have been regular participants in our annual Ledbury Big Breakfast event. 

Sadly Louise has had to close the café for health reasons.  A new business will be moving into the premises.  Our thanks go to Louise and her team for feeding Ledbury so well.

Picture: Louise with Big Breakfast potato rostis

A shop in a bus – If you live in the Newent area you will be interested in the Blue Bus venture that just started.  The bus, operated by Market To Your Door, tours local villages stocked with a large range of local produce on its itinerary. All markets run from 10am until 12noon and each hosting venue will be offering refreshments of their choice.

The monthly itinerary is:

  • 1st Friday: Upleadon Village Hall
  • 1st Saturday: Harts Barn, Longhope
  • 2nd Friday: Good News Centre
  • 2nd Saturday: Oxenhall village hall
  • 3rd Friday: Pauntley Village Hall
  • 3rd Saturday: Kempley village (Layby near village hall)
  • 4th Friday: Good news centre
  • 4th Saturday: Rudford village hall

Find out more on Facebook at @markettoyourdoor

Food Group celebrates Ledbury’s Food Heritage

As part of Ledbury’s contribution to this year’s Heritage Open Days, we are joining with Ledbury Town Council to celebrate the long heritage of local food production.

We are mounting a photo exhibition at the Market House when it is open to the public for Heritage Open Days.  The photos will reflect on local food production today at three farms in the Ledbury district. 

The exhibition is on 14th and 15th September.

Growing food has been a vitally important feature of Ledbury’s life for 900 years – for 400 years the Market House has been a centre for trade in local food.

This exhibition picks up the Heritage Open Day theme of “Edible England” and reminds us that local food production remains just as important today.  It visits three local farms – a sheep farm, a vegetable grower and an orcharding farm.  The photos show different seasons in the farming year.

The photos are the work of local photographers Pat Strauss and Ed Mustafic and previously featured in our exhibitions at The Master’s House, Ledbury.

Place: The Market House, High Street, Ledbury

When: Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th September

Times: 1100-1300 & 1400-1600

Make it a day visiting heritage buildings in Ledbury – and visiting one of our cafes for lunch!  Find details of heritage sites at:



The Big Apple 2021 is on!

The apples are ripening on the trees, the presses are standing by, and the time is fast approaching for the Big Apple to welcome visitors to the Herefordshire parishes of the Marcle Ridge continuing a thirty year tradition.

Sadly last year’s event was cancelled, but this year the organisers of the Big Apple have come up with a plan that will see all the usual venues in and around Much Marcle involved on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October.

“Within 24 hours of asking them, all nine venues had expressed their enthusiasm to go ahead”, said spokesman Jackie Denman. “When we cancelled last year, we had lots of messages of support telling us that we had made the right decision, but also telling us that we would be much missed. So now we’re busy behind the scenes working on our programme, which will go online on on Monday 13th September. We can’t wait to get back!”

So put the 9th and 10th October in your diary – for your annual opportunity to enjoy the orchards, to see, hear and smell cider being made and to taste many different varieties of apples, local ciders, perries and apple juices, all of which has become an established part of the calendar for many people.

Familiar Big Apple venues will include Gregg’s Pit, Awnells Farm, Woodredding, Lyne Down, Pope’s Perry and Hellens, alongside regular attractions at Westons Cider.

We look forward to visiting this wonderful celebration of local produce!

When is local not local?

When it’s a jam!

Do you know how easy it is to create your own label jam?

What are you going to call it?

On sale locally recently was jam labelled “Ledbury Fine Foods” and “Great British Classics” complete with Union Jack.

Where do you think this was made?

Perhaps in Ledbury or its neighbourhood?

The answer is that the jam had in fact been made in Leicestershire by Bramble Foods.

We looked up Bramble Foods Ltd on the web. They are a well-established business in Market Harborough supplying a wide range of food products.

One of their services is providing personalised or own label products.

We have no problem with what Bramble Foods are doing – and there is nothing wrong with the quality of their jam.

But it is possible that product labelling may create a wrong impression in the eyes of the customer.

So…Beware! Remember when “buying local” to check the label if you don’t know the product.

We’ve updated our Food Information Page – AND new cafés to try!

Eating In or Eating Out?  Our Local Food Information Page has been updated to provide the latest gen on local food retailers and eating places for you to sample.

Many who set up delivery services during lock-down are continuing to provide these now – so if you are reluctant to go out, the food can still come to you.  Or you might just want a night at home with no cooking!

Find out more on the Food Information Page

For those venturing out, Ledbury has new or recently opened cafés to add to our fabulous range of cafés for all tastes:

Choccalistic, Homend Mews – 01531 637305 – Ledbury’s (fairly) new chocolate shop and tearoom (indoors and outdoors).

Pot and Page – 01531 248743 – newly opened in New Street, Ledbury featuring “plant based lunch and brunch menus”, and second hand books.

The Ledberry – newly opened in The Homend – 01531 632676 – a “multi brand boutique featuring an exciting range of clothing, homewares and accessories, as well as a secret garden for guests to enjoy light refreshments”.

The Sunrise Café – in the High Street – 01531 634111 – a basic café with breakfast options

In addition The Organic Café, High Street – 01531 631136 – is open again above Handley Organics with a whole new menu to explore.

In the Ice Cream World – award winning Just Rachel Luxury Desserts is now under new owners and has changed its name to Berry’s Luxury Ice Cream.  It should still taste as good.  Local suppliers are listed on the Food Information Page.

 Finally an apology

We have been unable to notify you of new posts on our website in the past couple of months – including our popular monthly recipes.  Hopefully this problem is now fixed.  Please find any blogs you missed at link to blogs page.

Hereford Times Food and Farming Awards

Congratulations to award winning local food producers

Several local to Ledbury producers have won awards at this year’s Hereford Times Food and Farming Awards 2021.

.Just Rachel, now based at the Hop Pocket, won the award for Best Dairy Producer for their scrummy ice creams. 

Pixley Berries, from Pixley, won the award for Best Drinks Producer for their wonderful fruit juices and cordials.

David Powell of Awnell’s Farm, Much Marcle was presented with a special Outstanding Achievement award as well as Cattle Farmer of the Year. Mr Powell is renowned for his herd of Herefordshire cattle.

Cattle at Awnell’s Farm
Cattle at Awnell’s Farm

Details of all the winners across the county can be found at

Well done to all!

Local Food Updates – Thursday 20th May

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

Welcome back indoor eating…

There’s good news for all of you who have shivered while eating outdoors since 12th April– cafes, pubs, restaurants and hotels can now feed you inside!

So now you can go out and enjoy a hearty Ledbury breakfast, a tasty lunch, tea and super local baking or a sumptuous dinner indoors without freezing to death.

We have updated information on eating places to reflect what is happening now – please support them if you are able to do so.

Remember places are operating at restricted capacity to comply with social distancing needs – you may need to book.

Most are also providing take away service – for those in a rush or looking for answers for a picnic (as the weather allows).

Don’t forget our markets – Ledbury Charter Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays and Ledbury Country Market on Friday mornings.

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

You will find all the latest on our Food Information Page >>

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