What to eat, drink and do in Hereford

When you think of a city, somewhere fast and exciting like London or Leeds may be the first to pop into your head. But only the monarchy decides when a city gets to ‘be’ a city, and it doesn’t need to have an underground travel system, or world famous football team to deserve the title either. Hereford, with a population of only 55,800, is the quintessential example of this – the city that no one ever knew… was.

: Cider sleepovers are coming to Herefordshire and they sound amazing Lying on the River Wye, Hereford is just 16 miles from the border of Wales, 24 miles southwest of Worcester, and 23 miles northwest of Gloucester. It’s location and size can make it easy to miss, but just one weekend – or even day – there, will make it impossible to forget.

The people that live in the river city walk a little slower than others across the country, the pace of life means that rushing just isn’t necessary and they can just take a few moments longer to breathe in the clean air of the nearby countryside. But in recent years, make no mistake, Hereford has quickly caught up with the ‘what’s on’ industries of larger tourist hotspots, whilst staying true to its homegrown roots and rich history. The best of local is at the heart here, local food, local drinks and local independent businesses.

It’s also much, much cheaper than big loud cities too, which hurts absolutely nobody. So if you’re thinking of having a mini getaway for a romantic weekend, or a recovery from the rat race feel of life, have a look at what Hereford has to offer and why it might just become your favourite local holiday destination. Find the best places to go in the UK at ‘2Chill‘ now

Where to eat

If Hereford’s name is ringing a back of the mind bell, it could be down to the world famous Hereford Cattle.

The Hereford is a British breed of beef cattle originally from Herefordshire and has now spread to many countries – there are more than five million purebred Hereford cattle in over 50 nations worldwide. But what this means for you, is that this unparalleled meat is not imported from across the sea, it’s farmed right there on the doorstep. A proud city of farmers, the produce you’re going to get here is second to none.

The live market has moved out of the city centre now, but it’s exquisite goods have stayed right in the centre in the cafes and restaurants. Here are five must see places in Hereford to check out when looking for the best spot to eat whilst there.

  1. The Beefy Boys – located in the ‘new’ Old Market, The Beefy Boys ‘The Meat Boutique’ is the previously food truck businesses first permanent restaurant.
    Award winning burgers made with Hereford Beef by “four backyard amateur cooks sharing a passion for local produce and dirty American-style burgers and BBQ”.
    The Hereford lads even took the brand international, winning second place in “World’s Best Burger” at the 2015 World Food Championships in Las Vegas – it was through these winnings that the boys launched their now must-go Beefy Boys restaurant.
  2. The Bookshop – A modern British restaurant serving coffee, brunch, a (Hereford) steak led evening menu, and award winning Sunday lunch.
    The evening menu ‘celebrates’ organic vegetables and grass-fed steak, with the addition of a greater choice of seasonal fish, vegan and gluten-free dishes. The Bookshop revels in it’s individuality boasting that the staff ferment, pickle and even forage much of the food themselves.
  3. SimplyThai.Kitchen – Changing the pace from the famous Hereford Beef, SimplyThai is tucked away on Widemarsh Street just two minutes out of the city centre.

    It may not look like much from the outside, but SimplyThai make authentic Thai food with fresh ingredients and freshly cooked.
    They are popularly thought of as the best Thai food in the city and not to be missed.

  4. King Street Kitchen – You’ll never guess where you can find this one… Bang in the middle of King Street this independent coffee shop and kitchen ranks number one of 142 restaurants on TripAdvisor and (not quite number one but up there) and it ranks highly with us too. Close enough to the Cathedral to see it from the window, with black and white houses just across the street – the cheap prices may come as a surprise given the prestige and charm of this little deli.
  5. Mediterrane Restaurant – Med Hereford is out of the centre, but given the size of the city still within walking distance if you feel like it – just off Grandstand Road, on Red Barn Drive, Mediterrane Restaurant Hereford has been in Hereford over 20 years since 2000 and it’s not going anywhere soon.
    Wine, garlic and olive oil are the core ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, flavoured with sun dried fruits, rosemary, basil, oregano, chillies and paprika.

    Just imagine sitting under an olive tree and enjoying your favourite meal – oh, and there’s freshly made pizza, garlic bread and colouche (stuffed dough balls) too.

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Where to drink

Who loves a good pub for a beverage? Because, we do – and so does Hereford. Whether country pubs with a roaring fire, or a secret garden pub – you’re unlikely to not find the perfect place to sink a pint or sip on wine here.

The Imperial Inn in Hereford city centre

After a heavy night of drinking of course, you want the freshest and best coffee to get you through the morning.

Or if you’re sensible / alcohol free, then enjoying a hot cup of something whilst looking over the river is a lovely experience too. It would also be amiss for us to talk about drinking in Hereford without namedropping Hereford cider. Britain is the third biggest cider producer in the world, and Herefordshire’s trademark orchards makes the county the lion’s share reason for this.

Here are five of the places to grab a drink of some kind at on your visit to Hereford:

  1. De Koffie Pot – Starting the day as we mean to go on, with a good view and a cup filled with quality.
    Located at The Left Bank Village, De Koffie Pot sits right on the River Wye and is a favourite for locals and visitors alike.
    From shanties to Hungarian czardas, a regular dose of music on the bandstand provided by various house bands, add a touch of magic to the atmosphere of the continental style cafe / bar.
  2. Beer In Hand – A family owned, independent pub – Beer In Hand serves beer in cask and keg and in cans and bottles. They also boast traditional Hereford ciders and a range of wines and craft spirits, many of which are locally produced.
  3. The Barrels – A five minute walk from the city centre, The Barrels is a favourite with Herefordians and a definite stop on the tourists trip too. It’s a fairly priced locals pub with all the character of the ‘must see’ pubs of big cities.
  4. Hereford Beer House – Based on West Street Hereford Beer House is an off-license and micro-pub with beer and cider on tap, wine, G&T, bar snacks, more than 230 bottles/cans of local cider, UK craft beer and world beers from Belgium, USA, Germany, and more.
  5. Bunch of Carrots – Bunch of Carrots is outside Hereford towards Mordiford in Hampton Bishop, but it’s not far and it’s worth the 10 minute drive.

    It is a large family friendly pub with a seven day Carvery – offering a great selection of roast meats all sourced from high quality local Herefordshire suppliers. But more importantly for drinks – there is an impressive wine list from Europe and around the world as well as lots of real ales for you to enjoy in this traditional country pub setting.

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What to do

When it comes to ‘what to do’ in Hereford, frankly it’s not the kind of place you visit hoping to smash out 50 activities before bed time. That’s not to say that there is nothing to do, there’s actually a lot if you know what to look for.

What to eat, drink and do in HerefordHereford Cathedral can be seen across the River Wye

But what’s key is that no one activity will necessarily kill a whole day or empty your bank account.

Most importantly though, the ‘things to do’ in Hereford, are about as stress free as it comes. Here are five things we love to do when visiting Hereford:

  1. Take a boat down the river – Left Bank in Hereford hires out canoes and kayaks for a gentle (or exciting) trip down the River Wye. The fourth-longest river in the UK, stretching some 250kms from its source on Plynlimon in mid Wales to the Severn estuary and believe us when we say that it is 250kms of pure beauty.

    Play it safe, but take a picnic and enjoy it solo, as a couple, with friends or as a family.

  2. Hereford Cathedral – Hereford Cathedral has existed in some form since the 8th century and is a wealth of beauty and history. The Cathedral is also the home to the Hereford Mappa Mundi, one of the world’s unique medieval treasures. Measuring 1.59 x 1.34 metres (5’2″ by 4’4″), the map is constructed on a single sheet of vellum (calf skin).

    Scholars believe it was made around the year 1300 and shows the history, geography and destiny of humanity as it was understood in Christian Europe in the late 13th and early 14th centuries – tours start from GBP5 peaking at GBP14 for a large family to see the map and Chained Library Exhibition. There’s also a cute gift shop and quaint cafe for after.

  3. The Courtyard Theatre – Hereford’s theatre has everything one might one for a visit to the live stage, it’s not massive but it’s perfectly suitable and a the glass walls make for a nice, clean space. The Courtyard shows discounted films in its cinema as well as musicals and orchestra performances. Click here to see what’s on at The Courtyard.
  4. Visit The Old Market – This retail development cost GBP90million, which is the most money the cities seen on any redevelopment in recent times, and is now the heart of a day out in Hereford.
    Big brand names and well known restaurants (Wagamama’s, Nando’s, Miller & Carter) and coffee shops, you could easily spend hours just enjoying yourself in The Old Market (the Odeon Cinema is here too).
  5. High town and Hereford Street Markets – The high street here isn’t big, but what it’s got inside more than makes up for it.
    If markets are your thing, then Hereford has a permanent one right in the city centre and there is also a retail market with pop up stands every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. As well as a produce and craft market every Thursday and first Saturday of each month.
    The street food and trinkets you can get at these events make it a trip very well spent.

Chill

Hereford almost by definition is chill, but after a long day of relaxing in the city it is important that you have somewhere to come back to where you can just sit back, and look at all the stunning photos you’ve taken throughout the day. From hotels, bread and breakfasts, airbnbs and campsites / holiday parks, whatever you’re feeling – you’ll find it.

What to eat, drink and do in HerefordThe River Wye as seen from Lucksall Caravan and Camping Park

We’ve broken down the above types of accommodations and here are some suggestions on where to kick back and ‘chill’ on your visit:

  • Hotel – In the city centre, there is a Premier Inn right by the football ground (Go Bulls!) and The Old Market. But if you’re looking for a hotel with a little more character then we suggest The Merton Hotel.

    Based on Commercial Road, it’s a five minute walk from the train station it’s filled with fun colours and right by the main Hereford ‘strip’ of pubs and bars.
    A night in The Merton will set you back around GBP60 per night this summer – for availability and prices click here.

  • Bread and Breakfast – No.

    21 is a black and white house bread and breakfast on Aylestone Hill. It was built at the turn of the last century during the Edwardian Period. The interior has been updated by the owners with all rooms offering en-suites.

    There are five letting rooms each with a TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Internet access is available, as well as hairdryers. Breakfast (arguably the most important part of a BandB experience) is a hearty English breakfast made from local Herefordshire produce but a continental breakfast is also available if you’d prefer. Click here for more information and to book.

  • Airbnb – The Old Cider Press is a 15th Century Farmhouse and is a top pick on airbnb and you can see why.

    Offered by ‘superhost’ Paul, you’ll have a whole barn to yourself, which sleeps four, and has original old timber beams with ‘modern amenities’. Click here to see pictures and to book.

  • Holiday park / campsite– Lucksall Caravan and Camping Park is just outside of Holme Lacy and right on the River Wye next to Holme Lacy Bridge. A simple, tidy and well looked after park, you can hire canoes and enjoy a cool drink or good meal from the onsite restaurant / cafe, and there’s also an on-site shop if you’d prefer to buy and cook yourself in your tent / caravan / cabin. Fishing permits can also be obtained from reception for the opposite bank, the River Wye is a popular for coarse fishing. Click here for more information and to book.

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2Chill recommendations full details:

The Beefy Boys

The Meat Boutique Old Market, Hereford HR4 9HU Tel: 01432 359209 Click to book / shop

The Bookshop 33 Aubrey St, Hereford HR4 0BU Tel: 01432 343443

Click to book SimplyThai.Kitchen 80 Widemarsh Street, Hereford, HR4 9HG

Tel: 01432 508 078 Click to book King Street Kitchen

12 King St, Hereford HR4 9BW Tel: 01432 272001 Click for pre order and delivery

Mediterrane Restaurant Red Barn Court, 5 Red Barn Dr, Hereford HR4 9NS Tel: 01432 378202

Click to book De Koffie Pot Bridge St, Hereford HR4 9DG

Tel: 01432 357753 Click to book Beer In Hand

136 Eign St, Hereford HR4 0AP Tel: 07543 327548 Click to shop

The Barrels 69 St Owen’s St, Hereford HR1 2JQ Tel: 01432 274968

Click here to build your own case of beer for GBP36 inc delivery Hereford Beer House 65 West St, Hereford HR4 0BX

Click here to send a message Click to shop Bunch of Carrots

Hampton Bishop, Hereford HR1 4JR Phone 01432 870237 or email bunchofcarrots@buccaneer.co.uk to make a reservation. Left Bank Canoe Hire

15 Bridge St, Hereford HR4 9DG Tel: 01432 264807 Click here to hire a canoe or kayak

Hereford Cathedral 5 College Cloisters, Cathedral Close, Hereford HR1 2NG Tel: 01432 374200

Click here for more information on available tours The Courtyard Theatre Edgar St, Hereford HR4 9JR

Tel: 01432 340555 Click here to find out what’s on and book tickets The Old Market

Old Market, Newmarket Street, Hereford, HR4 9HR Tel: 01432 264109 Click here for more information, and here to contact The Old Market

Premier Inn 9-16 Blackfriars Street, Hereford, HR4 9HS Tel: 0330 128 1348

Click to book The Merton Hotel 28 Commercial Rd, Hereford HR1 2BD

Tel: 01432 265925 Click to book No.

21 Aylestone Hill 21 Aylestone Hill, Hereford HR1 1HR Tel: 01432 279897

Click to book The Old Cider Press Off Attwood Lane, near Roman Road on the A4103

Click here for availability, contact details and to book Lucksall Caravan and Camping Park Fiddler’s Green, Hereford HR1 4LP

Tel: 01432 870213 / email: enquiries@lucksallpark.co.uk

Click here for booking details