Ledbury pulls out the stops for the Ledbury Big Breakfast

French Toast at the Market House Cafe 2016
French Toast at the Market House Cafe 2016

Ledbury again celebrates our wonderful local food with the 5th Ledbury Big Breakfast taking place on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January.  20 local venues in and around Ledbury will be taking part on one or more days in this event organised by Ledbury Food Group.

This year we welcome for the first time the Seven Stars, Eastnor Vintage Tearoom, Ceci Paolo and the Homend Bakery Tearoom. Continue reading “Ledbury pulls out the stops for the Ledbury Big Breakfast”

Food Group stimulates Taste Buds at our Beer Tasting Event

Banana, chocolate, citrus, apples, grass, peaches – these were just a few of the aromas and flavours experienced by tasters at Ledbury Food Group’s “Appreciating Great Beer” tasting event on Saturday 26th April in Ledbury.

LFG Appreciating Great Beer 260414 Derek Orford and Attendees P1010127Master Brewer and Beer Judge Derek Orford introduced a contrasting range of beers both local and continental – lager, wheat, English Ale, stout, Trappist and Lambic – to demonstrate the variety of beer styles available.  Tasters appreciated learning more about how beer is made and judged, and how to assess aroma and taste, sampling various malt barleys and hops as well as beer.

Ledbury Food Group ran the event to stimulate interest in our local beer heritage and products, with kind support from Hay Wines (Ledbury), Whittington’s Brewery, Untapped Brewery, and the Friday Beer Co, who between them supplied the beer tasted at the event.

Details of the beers tasted:

  • Crystal Wheat Beer from the Untapped Brewery, Raglan
  • Cats Whiskers from Whittingtons Brewery @ Three Choirs, Newent
  • Black Hill Stout from Friday Beer Co, Malvern Link
  • Budweiser Budvar from the Czech Republic
  • Rochefort: Trappiste 6 from Belgium
  • Mort Subite: Geuze a very different style also from Belgium

Appreciating Great Beer – Beer Tasting on Saturday 26 April, Ledbury


The Ledbury Food Group are delighted to invite you on a beer tasting journey with Master Brewer and Beer Judge Derek Orford, starting in the Three Counties with local beers, and continuing with some international classics.

Derek recently returned to Herefordshire after brewing ales, lagers and stouts in the UK, Caribbean, Ireland, and Australia. He qualified as a Master Brewer in 1991 and is an examiner of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. He is hoping to become recognised formally as a Beer Sommelier later this year. He currently runs Bosbury boutique liqueur maker Three Counties Liqueurs with his wife and daughter and is also hoping to get back to hands-on brewing soon with his own recipes.



Ledbury Food Group at the Ox Roast Weekend 1st & 2nd June

Ledbury market
Ledbury market

We will be there at the Ox Roast weekend on both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June.

On the Community Day – Saturday 1st June – we will be at the Market House from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. Do come along and have a chat.

On the Ox Roast Day – Sunday 2nd June – we have a great series of speakers lined up at the Feathers Hotel. Just drop in – there is no charge. Donations will be invited to Ledbury Ox Roast, with all proceeds to support the work of St Michael’s Hospice. Our speakers will be:

Talks Programme

11.30 Why Cattle Still Matter – Will Edwards. Herefordshire farmer Will Edwards is a founder member of the newly formed Pasture-Fed Livestock Association.  Will is going to talk about why grazing cattle on pasture is great for the cattle, the ecosystem and the health of the consumer.
13.15 Animal, Vegetable or Mineral? – Bill Sewell. Bill Sewell creates and runs cafés, including Café@AllSaints in Hereford.  His well-known recipe books mean that he is perhaps thought of first and foremost as a vegetarian.  Bill will tell the story of the journey that he and his cafés have made from pure vegetarianism to incorporating meat.
14.30 A Slap of the Hand – Bill Laws. ‘In those days a slap of the hand and the deal was done’.  It’s more than 20 years since author Bill Laws founded Herefordshire Lore, and this voluntary group has been busy ever since collecting and publishing people’s memories.  Bill will be sharing stories about the people and the animals that passed through Hereford Cattle Market, including the world-famous pedigree bull sales.
15.45 All in a Day’s Walk – Jess Allen. Jess Allen lives in a yurt at Caplor Farm near Fownhope. Last year, in the long dark wet and increasingly muddy days of December, she decided that she would eat only what she could source within walking distance of her home. She will tell us about how she uses walking and moving and talking in rural landscapes to address issues of environmental, social or political concern, and the new word ‘Tracktivism’ that she has coined to describe her work.

Many thanks to all of our speakers and to The Feathers Hotel for use of their room.

We also have a two page article coming out in June’s Ledbury Focus magazine – which will be distributed at the end of May. Do check it out.