The Ledbury Big Breakfast is coming…just not yet

We look forward to our annual breakfast treat – the Big Breakfast – but this year we will have to look forward for a bit longer.

Ledbury Food Group have postponed this year’s event from the end of January to Friday to Sunday, 11th to 13th March.

We have taken this decision because of the high number of Covid cases locally.  We want people to be confident to go out for a special breakfast, and for our venues to be confident that customers will turn out for this special event.

Hopefully this postponement will allow things to settle down.

All the venues are looking forward to serving you this year.

We have five places new to the event lined up – Pot and Page, The Corner Café, The Sunrise Café, The Ledberry and Janey’s – all in central Ledbury.

These join favourites The Feathers, The Talbot, The Malt House Gallery, The Market House Café, The Organic Café and the Seven Stars in Ledbury.  Outside town The Nest, Trumpet Corner and The Scrumpy House Restaurant (at Westons) will be joining the occasion.

For those who would like to cook their own, Wallers and Gurneys butchers, Handley Organics and Ceci Paolo plus our greengrocers and the weekly Country Market will all have local produce for you to create a special taste of Ledbury.

Provided things improve, full details of this year’s event will be available in late February.

In the meantime please continue to support our local food retailers and eateries as you are able in this quiet time of the year.

Christmas wishes, Events in 2022 and a way to help

We hope that, despite everything, you have a pleasant Christmas and enjoy better prospects in 2022.

We are hoping to hold the following events inn 2022 – circumstances permitting:-

The Ledbury Big Breakfast 2022

At the end of January 2021 we had to hold a virtual Big Breakfast because of restrictions then ruling. 

This year preparations are underway for a real Big Breakfast 2022 over the weekend Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January.   Now postponed to 11th to 13th March.

All local food venues in the “breakfast industry” in Ledbury and district are keen to be part of this and are looking forward to serving you with a special breakfast or with local breakfast products for you to take to eat at home.

We are very conscious of the unknowns of the latest Covid variant and will be reviewing the feasibility and general safety of holding the event as planned, as things may change.  It may be possible to postpone or hold another virtual breakfast if we can’t go ahead as planned. 

The Ledbury Celebration 2022

We are pleased to announce that we are also preparing for Ledbury’s celebration of local food and drink, poetry, music and heritage – the Ledbury Celebration – on Sunday 10 July.

The event will give local food producers the opportunity to tempt you with their wares.  It follows the tradition of celebrating local food and drink on the last day of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

 We plan to hold the event again in St Katherine’s next to the historic Master’s House – a background for music and poetry to enrich the event.

Again our concern is that it will be safe to hold this popular open air event in July.

Let’s hope!

And finally…

Have you applied for the Herefordshire Shop Local Card loaded with £15 to spend in local businesses?  You can apply for this at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/business-1/shop-local.

With this someone has suggested you can bring double benefits – here’s how:

  1. Use the card to buy locally produced food or drink in a local shop – helping the local economy.
  2. Donate the equivalent that you spend to Ledbury Food Bank – find out how at  https://www.ledburyfoodbank.org/index.html#help

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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.

  

 

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/.

 

Big Breakfast wakes up Ledbury again – Thanks!

Waller’s Big Breakfast Loaf

Thanks to everyone who took part in or visited this popular event which reminds us of our local food heritage and every year surprises us with the ingenuity of our local food providers.

Even the sun shone for this year’s Ledbury Big Breakfast held on Friday 31st January, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February 2020 at cafes, pubs, hotels, butchers and delis in and around Ledbury.

Most businesses reported good trade through the weekend with breakfasts from the lightest to the most traditional in demand, from bacon, eggs and trimmings through devilled kidneys to avocado on local sourdough, with many different options in between. Saturday was particularly busy – thanks to everyone who booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Full details of the Ledbury Big Breakfast now available

Trumpet Corner Tea Room 2019

Join us for Ledbury’s Celebration of Breakfast over the weekend of Friday 31st January, Saturday 1st February and Sunday 2nd February – the 8th Ledbury Big Breakfast.

19 local venues in and around Ledbury are taking part on one or more days in this event organised by Ledbury Food Group to celebrate our local food and drink producers and retailers and a healthy breakfast. The event takes place at cafes, pubs, hotels, butchers and delis in and around Ledbury.

Again there is lots of choice from the lightest to the heaviest breakfast including eggs in all ways, a breakfast stack, a “fruity oat jar”, homemade baked beans, haddock with muffins, avocado and bacon, cider sausages with trimmings, breakfast baps, marshmallow pancakes, kedgeree, celeriac rosti, a vegan fry-up and locally produced charcuterie. Continue reading “Full details of the Ledbury Big Breakfast now available”

8th Ledbury Big Breakfast – 31st January, 1st and 2nd February

Trumpet Corner breakfast 2019

We are pleased again to celebrate Ledbury’s Big Breakfast which sees local cafes, pubs, hotels and shops in Ledbury and district offering all kinds of food to celebrate that most important of meals – breakfast featuring good locally produced food and drink.

This special and very popular weekend sees those taking part creating special breakfast dishes featuring local produce as well as their normal offerings. Each year a splendid range of breakfasts is on offer from the lightest to the heartiest.

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