Cathedrals and Cafes on a Hereford Food Trail
This Hereford food trail makes a great start for any culinary tour of Herefordshire. The city has some good restaurants, pubs and specialist food shops. You can also mix culinary attractions on your food trail with cultural ones.
which dates back to Saxon times, is famous as the home of the Mappa Mundi - a rare 13th-century map of the world. The Mappa Mundi depicts the medieval known world, a fascinating image complete with illustrations of all sorts of mystical creatures. Well worth a couple of hours of your time.
With such ancient church history, it seems appropriate that there’s an ecclesiastical flavour to Hereford’s most quirky culinary attraction,
just a short walk from the cathedral. This is a surprisingly contemporary café situated inside a ‘working’ church, a great stop on your Hereford food trail. The food is good quality and homemade, and local produce is used as much as possible. You can come in to All Saints’ Café for coffee and cakes, a bowl of hearty soup and crusty bread, or a more filling main meal (the menu changes daily and there is always a vegetarian choice). It’s slightly surreal (but very pleasant) to sit there eating a scone and jam while looking at the board displaying the hymn numbers for that Sunday’s service. Everyone in Hereford seems to pop into this café at some time, so you’ll feel comfortable whether you’re travelling with your family – or on a culinary tour by yourself.
If you enjoy shopping for food, try and visit Hereford on a market day. There’s a farmers’ market on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Thursday of each month, and a country market in St Peter’s Church hall each Friday morning. It’s also worth visiting the Buttermarket in the city centre, as this was the Victorian market hall and still has stalls selling fresh local food from Monday to Saturday. Ice cream lovers will also want to call in to Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour (22 Widemarsh Street). Shepherds is a local ice cream maker, producing delicious ice cream from Herefordshire sheep’s milk. They’ve got a great variety of flavours, ranging from traditional vanilla to more unusual ice creams like cinder toffee or chocolate and chilli. The staff are happy for you to taste the ice cream before you buy (always a bonus) – and we think it’s very good.
There are several pubs and restaurants in Hereford where you can try the local food and drink.
The Stewing Pot
(T. 01432 265233, 17 Church Street) is a relaxed, award winning brasserie that tries hard to support local producers and is certainly worth putting on your food trail. The décor is quite contemporary, with a blackboard on which specials such as the wine of the month are featured, and the food is best described as modern British. The menu changes regularly but you might find dishes such as Herefordshire Rib Eye Steak with Bearnaise Sauce, or pan fried salmon with a beetroot puree. They always have one vegetarian main course, though it would be nice if they increased that so that the veggies can have a choice. Prices are rather high but the service was good when we went, and the staff seemed genuinely interested in the quality and provenance of the food and wine. When we did our last Hereford food trail, the local wine of the month was Reichensteiner from Lulham Court, in Herefordshire, which was light and fruity. For dessert you might want to try The Stewing Pot’s selection of British cheeses.
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Where to Stay
You can easily explore Hereford in a day. If you want to stay overnight before setting off on your culinary tour of the county, there are several good places to stay.