Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire
Pictured above is Peter Amor, the dedicated owner of the popular Wye
Valley Brewery. The Wye Valley Bitter, Hereford Pale Ale, Butty Bach
and various seasonals
and bottled selections (like the excellent Dorothy Goodbody's Stout)
throughout the county of Herefordshire. Look to www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk
for more details.
69 St Owen Street,
Barrels is well known as the best pub experience in central Hereford.
Home of the Wye Valley Brewery tap, this pub is filled with friendly
locals and has a welcoming front bar area and large outdoor seating
facility out back (once the loading dock of the Wye Valley Brewery
before the brewery moved to more spacious quarters just outside of
DOG BREWERY TAP)
88 St Owen Street,
This eclectic pub pours the range of
fanciful ales from Spinning Dog including Hereford Organic Bitter 3.7%,
Mutley's Revenge 4.8%, Celtic Gold 4.5%, and Mutts Nutts 5.0%.
The bar has taken on the shape of an old ship, and mini-beer festivals
are held here on a regular basis.
49-53 Commercial Road,
This is a welcoming Wetherspoon's pub in central Hereford just across
the street from the Merton Hotel. You can count on this chain of pubs
to stock a range of cask ales unique from many of the other pubs in
town. If you get carried away with your real ale sampling and forget to
eat, don't despair - the Kings Fee serves great food late into the
11 Church Street, Hereford
This is a quaint old pub down an alley out toward the Cathedral. Food
is available at lunchtime, and the range of 4-5 real ales is always top
28 Commercial Road,
The Merton offers reasonable rooms near the center of Hereford and
within walking distance of all of the best downtown pubs serving
cask-conditioned, real ale. The hotel's pub is very relaxing and
offers one cask ale from Wye Valley.
16 King Street, Hereford
Due to a recent fire, this pub has seen quite a bit of renovation.
Three or so real ales are on hand pump, and pub
fare is available for lunch and early dinner.
Just off B4214 in Bishops
You must make the trip out to Bishops Frome to experience the
delightful Green Dragon. The pub's owner, Simon Durrant, (pictured
above) exudes enthusiasm
for real ale and works hard to make regulars and visitors feel quite a
home. Sips of the wide range of ales are always available to help
one decide on a pint. 2006
Herefordshire Country Pub of the Year.
On B4348 in Much Dewchurch
This is a delightful old country pub that is filled with personality
and fine cask ales. As one enters the front door, there is a small
lounge and dining area to the left and casual pub to the right. During
our most recent visit, the ales were top-notch. Be sure to check out
the priest hole.
39 Etnam Street,
This pub has more of a modern feel about it than other pubs in
Leominster, and the cask ales are well kept. The bar has a horseshoe
shape, and there is also a pleasant garden located out back.
63 Etnam Street,
Chequers ranks as our favorite pub in Leominster. Every employee is
personable and welcoming, the real ales are very enjoyable, and the
food quite good. Inquire about the renovated, two-floor dining room in
the very back of the facility. Chequers' atmosphere is deightlful.
2-4 Broad Street,
This pub was once a true "cider house" but now offers a homey
atmosphere, cozy fireplace, pleasant conversation, fine ales and
traditional English pub fare.
85 Bargates, Leominster
Adnams Bitter is usually a staple at this eccentric, no-frills pub that
is a short walk from the center of town. The casual, locals room is to
the left with a more quiet lounge area to the right.
33 West Street, Leominster
This pub and B&B contains two bars, a dining room, and small
outdoor seating area. Look for the pub to regularly stock a couple of
real ales and some outstanding ciders.
22 Victoria Road, Kington
Pictured above is Steve Dunn, brewer and owner of the wonderful Dunn
Plowman Brewery. The Olde Tavern in Kington is a must-see pub and
serves as the brewery tap for Dunn Plowman. The small bar is extremely
inviting and loaded with interesting nicknacks and interesting locals,
and the pub has won numerous awards from CAMRA. Jake's Bistro serves
local food items on the weekends in the rear of the facility.
On the Black & White
Trail, Pembridge, Leominster
Fans of traditional, country ciders should be certain to plan a visit
to the Dunkertons Cider shop just outside of Leominster. This is
definitely a rustic, farmhouse operation, and the gift shop offers
tastes and take-away bottles of all their fine selections - including
the excellent vintage varieties.
& LET LIVE
of A44, Bringsty Common
Live & Let Live is
housed in an old pub in Bringsty Common that has remained vacant for a
number of years. It is now open again, fully restored, and gaining a
reputation as one of the UK's most beautifully revitalized pubs. Owner
Sue Dovey is shown above pulling a pint of Wye Valley Butty
Bach. Be certain to pay a visit to the Live & Let Live to support
this new owner who has put so much of her heart and soul into
saving this wonderful pub.
Live & Let Live is located down a very
quiet, pastoral lane and offers gorgeous views of the surrounding
countryside. Be sure to have a look around the renovated interior and
upstairs dining facility (watch the low beams), sit for several pints
of real ale, and take in the delightful atmosphere and hospitality. The
authentic re-thatched roof is a work of art. www.liveandletlive-bringsty.co.uk
THE STAGG INN
On B4355 in Titley
Don't even think of visiting Herefordshire without including a meal at
amazing Stagg Inn. This award-winning pub, restaurant and hotel
offers outstanding, gourmet cuisine and 2-3 real ales from Hobsons
Brewery (maker of many of the best cask ales in the UK). The Hobsons
ales make a delightful companion to the exquisite menu items at the
Market Pitch, Weobley
This friendly pub, located in the quaint town of Weobley, is quick with
a friendly greeting, comfortable seat and a fine pint. Admire the
original timbers, fireplace, and cozy outdoor patio.