Local Food Updates – Thursday 23rd July

Please continue to support our local food producers and retailers, and Shop Safe Shop Ledbury.  

Local restaurants, pubs and cafés – Please support these as they reopen.  Many feature food and drink produced locally on their menus.

Amongst those in Ledbury Town that have reopened are The Malt House in Church Lane (with outdoor space) and Cameron and Swan in the Homend.  The Feathers (High Street) is back in business, as is The Olive Tree (The Homend).

A number of local pubs have reopened serving food including The Horseshoes (The Homend), The Farmers Arms (Wellington Heath), The Oak (Staplow) and The Walwyn Arms (Much Marcle).   Check their Facebook or Web sites for details and booking arrangements.

Outside Ledbury, The Nest (near Trumpet) offers a spaced out café service and a place to picnic.  You can even order your picnic in advance!

We have updated our Local Food Information Page on our website with the following – click here to access the page.

Cherries! – Hill House Farm, Ross Road, Ledbury have now sold out of this year’s cherry crop

Veg Box Deliveries are now available from The Strawberry Stop (Siddington Farm) – see their Facebook site at @thestrawberrystop or phone 01531 632664 (9am – 5pm) for details of all they have on offer and prices. – and Little Marcle Farmshop (organic) – phone 07970 296153 for order options and delivery details.

Y Pass Fish and Chips is now open for take-aways and eat-ins Tuesday to Saturday, and is still doing deliveries on Fridays and Saturdays – phone 01531 632843.

Lastly – please wear a face mask in shops to protect all those who work hard to serve us – Shop Safe Shop Ledbury

Congratulations to 2019 Great Taste Award winners

Congratulations to local food and drink producers have again done well in this year’s Great Taste Awards, emphasising the wealth of super food and drink produced in Herefordshire and nearby.

Ledbury and district producers who have achieved awards this year include JUS from Aylton with their Cox’s Origin Pippin and Worcester Permain Apple Juices (both 2 star awards), Myrtle’s Kitchen from the Hop Pocket with their Mango Chutney (2 stars), Just Rachel Quality Desserts from Bromsberrow with their Gooseberry and Elderflower Ice Cream (1 star), Townsend Farm, Stretton Grandison (1 star) for their farm pressed Jonagold apple juice and Willys Ltd with orchards in Little Marcle for their Apple Cider Vinegars (four awards) and their Kombucha drinks (two awards). Continue reading “Congratulations to 2019 Great Taste Award winners”

Farmers’ Market Thursday 1st August – It’s All About Taste

Alice Walters, of the famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley California, had her “epiphany” moment in Brittany some 50 years ago when she ate a meal in a simple restaurant and wondered why everything tasted so delicious. Everything came from the local market that morning. Back home she couldn’t create that taste until she searched out vegetables, fruits, fish and meat direct from the producer. Based on local, fresh and mostly organic, she set up one of the most successful restaurants in San Francisco.

In Ledbury, you don’t have to go out to find local producers!

Continue reading “Farmers’ Market Thursday 1st August – It’s All About Taste”

New Ledbury Evening Farmers’ Market is a success

Ledbury’s new Evening Farmers’ Market was successfully launched by Ledbury Food Group in association with The Barn, Ledbury last Thursday (4th July).

Twelve local food producers joined in this exciting new venture which was very well supported by some ardent market goers. On offer were fresh beef and lamb, local cheese, freshly raised pies, vegetables, preserves, chillies, cakes and food to eat “on the go”. All the fresh foods on offer sold out, some in less than 30 minutes. To add to the feast, local musicians provided entertainment. Continue reading “New Ledbury Evening Farmers’ Market is a success”

An Invitation to Ledbury’s First Evening Farmers Market on Thursday 4th July

The Ledbury Food Group would like to invite you to join us at the launch of our Thursday Evening Farmers’ market on 4th July from 6 to 8 pm at The Barn, St Katherine’s. This week! The bar will be open till late and there will be live music.

You can try some unusual and delicious foods: vegetarian Gloucester cheeses – young and aged, Michelin-starred baking, pasture-fed lamb, bhajis and pakoras and much more. Hot food will also be available. Buy to take home for the evening, stock up for the weekend or just nibble your goodies from the market during the evening. Continue reading “An Invitation to Ledbury’s First Evening Farmers Market on Thursday 4th July”

Blossomtime in Putley with The Big Apple – Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2019

In Putley, Aylton and Pixley, everyone is waiting patiently for the blossom to appear as they prepare for the annual celebration of orchards, which this year will take place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May. Blossomtime in Putley is centred on a cider tasting in the parish hall, based on entries from the Big Apple Cider and Perry Trials with well over 100 ciders and perries expected to be available to taste. Continue reading “Blossomtime in Putley with The Big Apple – Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2019”

Non-Plastic Food Bags come to Ledbury

John Davenport, organic vegetable grower at Flights Orchard Farm, Little Marcle has finally acquired a prototype non-plastic food bag. Made in India from corn starch and hemp it will decompose fully in the compost bin. These are the first food-grade fully compostable bags John has sourced. They are suitable for keeping salad and other veg fresh and can also be heat-sealed.

John announced last week that “stronger, clear bags which fit on the packing ‘wicket’ have now arrived. They replace our plastic bags. They are considerably more expensive than plastic ones, but as more growers and retailers commit to such ecological packaging the price will come down.”

John believes he is the first local grower to source these bags and is delighted to be using them in his Vegetable Boxes.