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 https://www.bigapple.org.uk/.

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:

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

or

https://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/see-do/city-towns/ledbury

 

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 www.bigapple.org.uk 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!

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 https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/19382855.revealed-winners-hereford-times-food-farming-awards-2021/

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

Let’s encourage more visitors to Ledbury

Many visitors who come to Ledbury have no idea what to expect and don’t stay long.  We want to encourage them to stay, spend, enjoy and tell others, and we want to attract people who have never thought of visiting Ledbury.

 

We can now tell visitors of all the attractions of Ledbury and Herefordshire on the newly relaunched “Visit Herefordshire” website.

You can see the Ledbury entries at https://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/see-do/city-towns/ledbury, or just type “visit Ledbury”.

It’s a bit empty at the moment.   Ledbury Town Council is encouraging local businesses and attractions serving visitors to get their business listed so that visitors can see the full range of what Ledbury has to offer.

It’s going to be a busy year for our local tourist economy (we hope) – we want to get lots of Ledbury and district tourist serving businesses on the website as soon as possible.

For those of us who don’t run businesses, “Visit Herefordshire” gives us a new way to explore where to visit, shop or eat locally – perhaps when we have visitors to entertain – or we just want to do something different.

Businesses of all kinds that serve tourists in our county can list their details for free.   Get started at https://directory.visitherefordshire.co.uk/.  You can set up a directory listing on the website to market your business (or several businesses).  Choose the categories that best describe your business, provide a description, and add photos and links to social media.  It’s straightforward to do.

You can help if you know of a local business that serves visitors, encourage them to get a listing on the “Visit Herefordshire” website.

 

A Last Gift from Pascal

Pascal with breakfast breads at Chez Pascal 2018

Pascal Clarenne of Chez Pascal fame sadly passed away on Wednesday 7th April.

Many will remember the joy of tucking into one of Pascal’s special pastries, breakfasts or lunches. 

For all of us Pascal has left an unusual gift.

In the latter days of his illness, Pascal was supported by St Michael’s Hospice with whose help Pascal has left us one last recipe – for Raspberry Tart.  Pascal creates the tart in his room at St Michael’s on a video available at https://www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/video/pascals-raspberry-tart/

This is probably one of the most inspiring cookery films you will ever see.

We remember Pascal for his support with Janie of the Ledbury Big Breakfast – when the enclosed photo was taken, for steamed up windows in winter, for Ledbury’s little bit of France, for the French onion soup, for pleasing both Ledburians and visitors.

Our condolences go to Janie and the Clarenne family.

If the video delights or moves you please donate to St Michael’s Hospice who made Pascal’s wish possible!