Local Food Updates – Friday 21 May

Please continue to support our local food producers and retailers with help from our local food Information service.

We have now put up a Local Food Information Page on our website which we will update as information comes to us – click here to access.

Recent updates – visit the page for contact details etc.

The Nest has added a take-away service for their coffee etc. at their Hereford Road site.

Jenkins Greengrocers now accept fruit and vegetable orders on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for collection next day.  Now selling local strawberries!

Strawberry Stop are adding their own strawberries in their fruit and veg boxes.

Trumpet Tearoom are getting praise for their cakes and cream teas which you can order for delivery

Newent Plant Centre is OPEN again after 7 long weeks! Mark and the team are back… limiting the number of customers on-site to meet with the latest recommendations.  Check business hours at 01531 670121.

Matt’s Kitchin – ready meals.  Sorry – we put up the wrong website address – please use https://mattskitchin.uk/

Y-Pass Fish and Chips now offer their order/delivery service on Thursday evenings as well

And sadly…

We have learned that Pascal and Janie at Chez Pascal are closing their café permanently – we shall miss them!  Thanks for the pastries and the soup.

Please let us know of any new local food offerings that you may discover!

Ledbury Country Market – now accepting orders!

The Ledbury Country Market has announced that from this week (w/c Monday 11th May) it is accepting orders for collection on Friday mornings in Ledbury.

The Market is offering the following products:

  • cakes and other baked goods
  • savoury goods
  • charcuterie
  • eggs
  • honey
  • apple juice
  • jellies – marmalades – jams – chutneys
  • plants and herbs
  • vegetables

They hope to provide flowers soon.

To register your interest in this new service and pick up an order form visit www.ledburycountrymarket.co.uk or find out more at 01684 540595.

Orders will need to be placed by email to orders@ledburycountymarket.co.uk by Tuesday evening.  They will be available for collection on the coming Friday at St Katherine’s Hall, Ledbury between 10.30 and noon.  Please pay by card on collection of your order.

For those living locally who must isolate, delivery of orders may be possible – please check.

Ledbury Country Market is part of the nationwide organisation, Country Markets Limited, and also a member of the Herefordshire Country Markets Society Limited.

For other information please visit the Local  Food Information page >>

Sorry, the 2020 Ledbury Celebration is cancelled

We have been forced to cancel this year’s Ledbury Celebration – Ledbury’s annual food festival featuring local food and drink, poetry, music and heritage – due to be held on Sunday 12 July 2020.

As a voluntary organisation with no financial reserves and dependent on the generosity of a number of sponsors, we have to do this before we start incurring expenditure and effort on an event which sadly now looks very unlikely to be allowed to happen in July.

We recognise the value this popular event provides to our local food and drink producers in presenting their special products to a wider community, and are very sorry that we cannot provide support via this event.

Our grateful thanks go to our many partners and sponsors who confirmed their support for the 2020 event.  We hope to be back with a Ledbury Celebration in 2021!

Given the current difficult circumstances, we will continue to publicise the availability of locally produced and retailed produce in Ledbury and district in the Blog section of our website.   Please let us know if you have information on this that others might appreciate. You can contact us at ask@ledburyfoodgroup.org.

Please also support our local Ledbury Food Bank who continue to do a sterling job with valued help from some local producers – details at www.ledburyfoodbank.org.

…and if you or someone you know is interested in helping as a worker with this year’s fruit harvest, some local opportunities are listed at www.britishsummerfruits.co.uk/jobs.

Keep safe!

The Ledbury Celebration in 2019

Ledbury Evening Market celebrates Christmas

Ledbury’s new Evening Farmer’s Market ends 2019 with a special Christmas market on Thursday 5th December from 6 to 8pm at the Barn, St Katherine’s, on same night as Ledbury’s Shops Late Night Opening.

As well as the regular stalls, special treats on sale will include chocolates, marshmallows, empanadas, Juneberry Liqueur and a “community” stall with “Big Apple Cider Vinegar” and “Ledbury Heritage Centre” Quince and Medlar Jelly, plus mulled wine and cider too! We will be singing carols at 6.30 and 7pm. Continue reading “Ledbury Evening Market celebrates Christmas”

Fair Game?

DT Waller and Sons’ Venison Burger

We live in a part of the country where game of all kinds – deer, wild boar, pheasant, partridge etc. – is readily available through butchers and game dealers, especially at this time of year.

A topic that is growing in weight in the media is the use of toxic lead shot to bag game. In July, Waitrose announced that from the 2020-21 season it will ban the sale in its stores of birds shot with lead ammunition. This follows from recommendations by the government’s expert group in 2015 which concluded that there were no ways to reduce the risk to human health and wildlife from lead shot other than using non-toxic ammunition instead.

Continue reading “Fair Game?”

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”

Herefordshire Chosen to Host International Cider Celebration

The county of Herefordshire is coming together to host the first conference of the recently-formed International Network of Cider Culture & Tourism Destinations this autumn. As interest in cider continues to grow throughout the world, “Ciderlands” as the network is known, seeks to promote travel and cultural exchanges between classic and emerging cider regions, as well as to act as a cider tourism beacon for the world as a whole. Continue reading “Herefordshire Chosen to Host International Cider Celebration”