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

Local Food Updates – Monday 11th January

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

We have news of two new offerings to help you (see below).  We have also updated our Local Food Information Page on our website following the latest change to Covid 19 Regulations click here to access the pageto help you find local businesses that are here to serve you.

Ledbury Country Market is operating again on Fridays from 15th January at the Burgage Hall between 10am and noon, and also offers an order and collect service.

Ledbury Charter Market is running on Tuesdays and Saturdays with several food stalls.  Max the Fish had supply issues on 5th January but hopes to be back on Tuesday 12th January.  More details on our Information Page – or check out the market’s Facebook site – Ledbury Charter Market.

Our Local Cafes are closed for table service again.  One or two are offering takeaways or call and collect ordering to enable you to continue to enjoy their wares.  

Local Pubs are closed again for bar sales – several are still offering a takeaway service (order in advance) as they did before.  Check with your favourite by phone or Facebook to see what’s on offer, booking and collection arrangements etc.

Food Deliveriesdetails of local businesses who continue to provide delivery, order and collect or takeaway services have been updated.

And news of things NEW …

Fruit and Veg Stop – the team behind The Strawberry Stop’s fruit and veg box service have gone further by opening a fruit and veg shop in Bye Street (in the former Fishing Tackle shop).

 As well as the obvious, they also sell local apple juice (Townsend Farm, Stretton Grandison) and Peter Cook’s Bread with more local products planned.  They offer a call and collect service.

Coop Ledbury – now offers an Online Call and Collect or Delivery Service in addition to their existing shop for delivery service on a restricted range of food products (sadly not many local) – See  https://www.coop.co.uk/store-finder/HR8-2EZ/new-street.

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

“Shop Safe Shop Ledbury”…

Discover even more about Cider

Thirty UK cider and perry makers have launched a new campaign to encourage the British public to explore the world of cider.   Local cider makers taking part include Once Upon a Tree, Tom Oliver, Weston’s, Little Pomona, Newton Court, Pearson’s, Butford Organics and Ross on Wye Cider and Perry.

The cider makers are uniting around three common themes: diversity – of both style and occasion, community – whether it’s cider’s rich heritage or orchards for the people, and sustainability – cider’s impeccably green credentials.

Over the next months, you are being invited to Discover Cider, with a chance to win mixed cases of cider by sharing your own cider stories.

There will be opportunities to visit producers and to meet the makers via a programme of events and tastings, virtual and otherwise, including the Cider Critic whose “virtual” tastings of products from a range of cider makers is available on the website.

There are links to local cider makers’ websites where you can order cider for delivery and discover even more about each producer.

Simon Day
Simon Day

Simon Day, production manager for Once Upon A Tree ciders says, “I have seen the need for a co-operative approach to cider marketing for a number of years, however several attempts to get something working have stalled for one reason or another, but mainly because there are just too few hours in the day.”

“Lockdown has provided the urgency among cider producers to come together to advance some form of co-operative marketing group, and the time to make things happen.  Gabe Cook (renowned industry expert aka the Ciderologist) steered a growing number of progressive producers to come together and discuss the needs of cider makers generally, and in these challenging times of Coronavirus specifically.”

The Ciderologist

“Some cider makers have seen sales reduce by 80% over lockdown, as their route to market was blocked (pubs, restaurants and events) and the recovery, although happening, is slow and sales are still significantly lower than normal.  We have seen redundancies and closures in the industry, with the smaller scale producer hardest hit.  Something had to happen to help raise cider’s profile, to protect jobs, and to help protect our dwindling orchard landscape.”

“By working together, and with Gabe Cook at the helm, the hope is that we are able to amplify our key messages that we all share as producers: To introduce our ciders to new consumers and show off the variety of cider that is available; highlight our environmentally sustainable credentials and share our cider stories.”

“Early results are encouraging, with a number of online events and conversations happening and will continue to build over the remaining 9 weeks of the campaign.   Our hope is this will lead to increasing demand with existing retailers and introducing exciting cider ranges to brand new stockists, particularly outside our usual “cider bubble”.

“I believe there will be a lasting legacy to our current activity, and #DiscoverCider will continue as a hashtag and website for some years to come, and most excitingly this will open the door to new collaborative approaches to help all British cidermakers in the future.”

You can find out more at www.discovercider.com and via its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. 

Do help an important local industry if you can!

Local Food Updates – Thursday 3rd September plus Thanks

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

We have updated our Local Food Information Page on our websiteclick here to access the page

Ledbury Country Market – is re-opening fully at the Burgage Hall on Fridays from Friday 18th September initially between 10am and Noon. Entrance from Church Lane – one way system for social distancing.  Please wear face-masks.   A full range of local food products, Chinese delicacies and plants and flowers will be available.

Their order and collect service is continuing – you can register for this service (order by Tuesday evening – collect on Friday AM from the Burgage Hall, Church Lane) at www.ledburycountrymarket.co.uk or phone 01684 540595 – send order forms to orders@ledburycountrymarket.co.uk or phone orders to 01684 540595

Food Deliveriesdetails of those who continue to provide delivery services have been updated.

Local restaurants, pubs and cafésThanks for supporting those that are now open.   Trumpet Team Room reopened on 1st August now run by Annie Badham and the Market House in Ledbury is now open again.

Please wear a face mask in shops to protect all those who work hard to serve us – “Shop Safe Shop Ledbury”…

and thanks to all those who contributed to Janie Clarenne’s recent appeal via Justgiving to help her take her husband Pascal of Chez Pascal on a last visit to France – the target sum of £5,000 has now been exceeded.

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”