A county historically synonymous with the production of cider, Herefordshire is keeping up traditions and continuing to brew a great deal of wonderful appley goodness. Bulmers HQ is found in Herefordshire, but there are plenty of small craft cider makers, such as Ross of Wye Cider and Perry Company. What better to go with a pint of ‘windfall wine’ than some lovely local cheese? Making their Little Hereford Cheese by hand, Monkland Cheese Dairy is a traditional cheesemaker producing some wonderful British and Continental cheeses. Back to something to drink by the pint, and Wye Valley Brewery makes a mean ale.
But it doesn’t stop there. Unsurprisingly, when you consider it is one of the UK’s most rural and sparsely populated counties, Herefordshire is plentiful in terms of growing and rearing. It is of course pretty well known for having its own breed of cattle, and The Hairy Bikers even produced an episode on Herefordshire food for their BBC show The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain.
The region’s restaurateurs take advantage of these fine pickings. The Stagg at Titley was the first pub to be awarded a Michelin star back in 2001 and The Butchers Arms, Woolhope have a Michelin Bib Gourmand. There are plenty of food events to attend throughout the year, and all of the creative arts are celebrated at the annual Hay-on-Wye festival. Exploring Herefordshire is a real pleasure, with the beautiful Malverns, River Wye and the Forest of Dean just waiting to be walked, kayaked or biked.