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Guidebook for Abbeydore

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Guidebook for Abbeydore

Essentials
Nearest shop, selling all the basics including wine. Also post office.
Ewyas Harold Village Store
Nearest shop, selling all the basics including wine. Also post office.
Has been called the Fortnum and Mason of the Borders! Everything imaginable... locally produced meat, cheese, fruit, vegetables, cakes, ready meals, cider, wine, as well as leading brands groceries, fly newspapers, huge array of magazines, chocolate, snacks, car wipers, bulbs, oil etc. Renowned locally for their real Jersey cream ice creams.
Londis
Has been called the Fortnum and Mason of the Borders! Everything imaginable... locally produced meat, cheese, fruit, vegetables, cakes, ready meals, cider, wine, as well as leading brands groceries, fly newspapers, huge array of magazines, chocolate, snacks, car wipers, bulbs, oil etc. Renowned locally for their real Jersey cream ice creams.
Arts & Culture
Free. Don't be put off by Airbnb's boring photo! I really recommend this amazing experience and insight into our history. Go underground into a real coal mine wearing your own helmet and lamp, guided by a former coal miner (children have to be over 1m tall). There's also a Miner's Canteen (chips beans and sausages etc as well as sandwiches and drinks), museum, photo gallery, different activities.
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Big Pit National Coal Museum & More
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Free. Don't be put off by Airbnb's boring photo! I really recommend this amazing experience and insight into our history. Go underground into a real coal mine wearing your own helmet and lamp, guided by a former coal miner (children have to be over 1m tall). There's also a Miner's Canteen (chips beans and sausages etc as well as sandwiches and drinks), museum, photo gallery, different activities.
Cathedral, Chained Library, Mappa Mundi, Magna Carta
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Hereford Cathedral
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Cathedral, Chained Library, Mappa Mundi, Magna Carta
Really fascinating!
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Hereford Cider Museum
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Really fascinating!
Built in 1621 so just 10 years before Cwm Farm, with furniture and fabric from that period shows how my home might have been when first built. Hands on activities for children, https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200172/museums/648/hereford_museums_and_art_gallery
Black and White House Museum
Built in 1621 so just 10 years before Cwm Farm, with furniture and fabric from that period shows how my home might have been when first built. Hands on activities for children, https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200172/museums/648/hereford_museums_and_art_gallery
An amazing 10 day literary festival... wide ranging, something for everyone including children.
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The Hay Festival
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An amazing 10 day literary festival... wide ranging, something for everyone including children.
Sightseeing
Norman church with really amazing stone carvings including a sheela-na-gig.
Church of St Mary and St David
Norman church with really amazing stone carvings including a sheela-na-gig.
Founded in the 1147 as a Cistercian Abbey just down the hill. Dissolved in 1536 by Henry V111 it fell into disrepair. Stone from the nave and monastic buildings was recycled... I can show you blocks from the abbey in my house and barns! The abbey was restored in the 1630's by the local landowner Lord Scudamore whose children had all died at birth or infancy and was told by a local wise man if he restored the building he'd have a son who lived and this is what happened! It os now used as a parish church and also by the village for fete's and gatherings as well as holding concerts, choral workshops and theatre productions.
Dore Abbey
Founded in the 1147 as a Cistercian Abbey just down the hill. Dissolved in 1536 by Henry V111 it fell into disrepair. Stone from the nave and monastic buildings was recycled... I can show you blocks from the abbey in my house and barns! The abbey was restored in the 1630's by the local landowner Lord Scudamore whose children had all died at birth or infancy and was told by a local wise man if he restored the building he'd have a son who lived and this is what happened! It os now used as a parish church and also by the village for fete's and gatherings as well as holding concerts, choral workshops and theatre productions.
Parks & Nature
Obviously this isn't a beach but it's the nearest category that Airbnb lists because there are beaches along the Wye that you can steer onto to have a picnic! Lazily canoe along, pretending to be part of The Wind in the Willows. I've always seen kingfishers as well as other wild birds. It's a great and relaxing way of seeing the Herefordshire countryside. Very safety conscious company. http://www.canoethewye.co.uk/
Canoe the Wye
Obviously this isn't a beach but it's the nearest category that Airbnb lists because there are beaches along the Wye that you can steer onto to have a picnic! Lazily canoe along, pretending to be part of The Wind in the Willows. I've always seen kingfishers as well as other wild birds. It's a great and relaxing way of seeing the Herefordshire countryside. Very safety conscious company. http://www.canoethewye.co.uk/
Two valleys away and another priory, this time Augustine in the Vale of Ewyas. Much more austere scenery than in the Golden Valley. Park at the priory and then make a circular walk up onto the Hatterral Ridge which forms the boundary between England and Wales. Amazing views on a clear day.
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Llanthony
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Two valleys away and another priory, this time Augustine in the Vale of Ewyas. Much more austere scenery than in the Golden Valley. Park at the priory and then make a circular walk up onto the Hatterral Ridge which forms the boundary between England and Wales. Amazing views on a clear day.
Drive up the hill, follow the lane along the ridge to the right and take first left steeply down the other side and across the ford (unless it's been raining) to Longtown. Visit the castle and then drive west 1/2 mile, ignore first left but take next one (at cross roads with brown tourist sign "Black Hill") and then 2.7 miles later turn right. There is a brown picnic sign but you might not see it until you've passed it! Park, picnic and then walk up the Black Hill (which is locally known as the Cat's Back). It's common land which is why there are no footpaths on OS map. You could make a circular walk, find the waterfall at the top of the Olchon Valley or up to Hatterral Ridge and back.
Olchon Valley
Drive up the hill, follow the lane along the ridge to the right and take first left steeply down the other side and across the ford (unless it's been raining) to Longtown. Visit the castle and then drive west 1/2 mile, ignore first left but take next one (at cross roads with brown tourist sign "Black Hill") and then 2.7 miles later turn right. There is a brown picnic sign but you might not see it until you've passed it! Park, picnic and then walk up the Black Hill (which is locally known as the Cat's Back). It's common land which is why there are no footpaths on OS map. You could make a circular walk, find the waterfall at the top of the Olchon Valley or up to Hatterral Ridge and back.
Entertainment & Activities
Just 46 very comfortable seats in a friendly setting showing the best of what's on. You can purchase a glass of wine or elderflower cordial or a cup of tea as well as a carton of their very own sweet or savoury mix. Totally unique! https://tickets.boothbooks.co.uk/m-1-cinema.aspx
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Richard Booth's Cinema
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Just 46 very comfortable seats in a friendly setting showing the best of what's on. You can purchase a glass of wine or elderflower cordial or a cup of tea as well as a carton of their very own sweet or savoury mix. Totally unique! https://tickets.boothbooks.co.uk/m-1-cinema.aspx
Rowlestone Court Farm Ice Cream Parlour, HR2 0DW (April to September Wednesday to Friday 11am – 4pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am – 5pm) Sit inside or out and enjoy home made ice cream from their herd of cows or dairy free sorbets. Also Woodland walk, adventure trail, climbing frame and swings. £2 Under 12’s go free. 10 minutes drive or 1 hour’s walk. Website: https://www.rowlestoneicecream.co.uk/ Phone 01981 240322
Rowlestone Court Farm
Rowlestone Court Farm Ice Cream Parlour, HR2 0DW (April to September Wednesday to Friday 11am – 4pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am – 5pm) Sit inside or out and enjoy home made ice cream from their herd of cows or dairy free sorbets. Also Woodland walk, adventure trail, climbing frame and swings. £2 Under 12’s go free. 10 minutes drive or 1 hour’s walk. Website: https://www.rowlestoneicecream.co.uk/ Phone 01981 240322
Shopping
Renowned for its book shops. But it has a good art gallery, glass studio, pottery, clothes and outdoor shops, cinema (see Entertainment) Shepherds local sheep's milk ice cream parlour, The Salad Project, (Tuesday to Saturday 11 – 14:00) scrummy veggie food, (see Food)The Old Electric Shop for a browse (10-5pm Wednesday - Monday), and St John's Place is amazing for dinner (only Friday and Saturday from 6pm) Not to forget the River Wye to skim stones, canoe down or just lazily watch while reading a book you've just bought.
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Hay-on-Wye
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Renowned for its book shops. But it has a good art gallery, glass studio, pottery, clothes and outdoor shops, cinema (see Entertainment) Shepherds local sheep's milk ice cream parlour, The Salad Project, (Tuesday to Saturday 11 – 14:00) scrummy veggie food, (see Food)The Old Electric Shop for a browse (10-5pm Wednesday - Monday), and St John's Place is amazing for dinner (only Friday and Saturday from 6pm) Not to forget the River Wye to skim stones, canoe down or just lazily watch while reading a book you've just bought.
Places to eat
Hay on Wye HR3 5AA (Open Tuesday to Saturday 11 - 14:00) Absolutely scrummy veggie or vegan lunches... generally Tom offers only one choice each day either falafel, haloumi, refried beans, dumplings or curries with amazing accompaniments but I’ve always been delighted. Excellent value. Just one table so served in a biodegradable container with a wooden fork and find a bench or take down to the river. Perfect for lunch any time of the year.
The Salad Project
1 Lion St
Hay on Wye HR3 5AA (Open Tuesday to Saturday 11 - 14:00) Absolutely scrummy veggie or vegan lunches... generally Tom offers only one choice each day either falafel, haloumi, refried beans, dumplings or curries with amazing accompaniments but I’ve always been delighted. Excellent value. Just one table so served in a biodegradable container with a wooden fork and find a bench or take down to the river. Perfect for lunch any time of the year.
Ewyas Harold HR2 0EU (No food served on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evenings) Pub and restaurant. You'll be made welcome if you just have a drink but delicious, cooked from locally sourced food. Bar meals £5-12 lunchtime and before 7pm (order before 6:45), restaurant menu 7 - 9pm Mains £12-18 plus steaks. Local ciders and real ales. 5 minutes drive.
The Temple Bar Inn
Ewyas Harold HR2 0EU (No food served on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evenings) Pub and restaurant. You'll be made welcome if you just have a drink but delicious, cooked from locally sourced food. Bar meals £5-12 lunchtime and before 7pm (order before 6:45), restaurant menu 7 - 9pm Mains £12-18 plus steaks. Local ciders and real ales. 5 minutes drive.
Walterstone, HR2 0DX (Always open... only place for Sunday and Monday evening food). Landlady Vera was born in the pub in the 1930’s and the pub and the wallpaper have been in her family for generations. Traditional pub food but this family can really cook! £12-15 for mains plus steaks. Only accept cash or cards. 20 minutes drive.
Carpenters Arms
Walterstone, HR2 0DX (Always open... only place for Sunday and Monday evening food). Landlady Vera was born in the pub in the 1930’s and the pub and the wallpaper have been in her family for generations. Traditional pub food but this family can really cook! £12-15 for mains plus steaks. Only accept cash or cards. 20 minutes drive.
Llanddewi Skirrid NP7 8AW (Not open Sundays or Mondays) Sublime Michelin starred food but not pretentious. The £30 set 3 course lunch menu is amazing value for money. This is my birthday treat, ok really any excuse place to go. 25 minutes drive but well worth it!
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The Walnut Tree
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Llanddewi Skirrid NP7 8AW (Not open Sundays or Mondays) Sublime Michelin starred food but not pretentious. The £30 set 3 course lunch menu is amazing value for money. This is my birthday treat, ok really any excuse place to go. 25 minutes drive but well worth it!
Ewyas Harold HR2 0EX (Wednesday to Saturday lunch and evening) Marcus's fish and chips are always good! Sometimes a queue but you'll have a friendly conversation with locals while you wait. 5 minutes drive or 40 minutes walk through the farm and across the common. You can get a drink from the Temple Bar opposite and sit outside or guests have taken a bottle and paper cups and sat on the common to eat and enjoy the view!
The Old Stables
Ewyas Harold HR2 0EX (Wednesday to Saturday lunch and evening) Marcus's fish and chips are always good! Sometimes a queue but you'll have a friendly conversation with locals while you wait. 5 minutes drive or 40 minutes walk through the farm and across the common. You can get a drink from the Temple Bar opposite and sit outside or guests have taken a bottle and paper cups and sat on the common to eat and enjoy the view!
Grosmont NP7 8EP (Thursday - Saturday evenings for food). Great meals.... really delicious mains £10-15. Not much on offer for vegetarians/ vegans. Real ales and ciders. (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday day time) 12 minutes drive. Website: https://angelinngrosmont.business.site Phone 01981 240646
The Angel Inn
Grosmont NP7 8EP (Thursday - Saturday evenings for food). Great meals.... really delicious mains £10-15. Not much on offer for vegetarians/ vegans. Real ales and ciders. (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday day time) 12 minutes drive. Website: https://angelinngrosmont.business.site Phone 01981 240646
Michaelchurch Escley HR2 0JW (Not open Sunday evening or Mondays unless a bank holidays.) Great food and great atmosphere. £13-18 plus steaks. Limited vegetarian/ vegan choice. 20 minutes drive from home. Website: http://www.thebridgeinnmichaelchurch.co.uk/eat Phone #: +441981510646
The Bridge Inn
Michaelchurch Escley HR2 0JW (Not open Sunday evening or Mondays unless a bank holidays.) Great food and great atmosphere. £13-18 plus steaks. Limited vegetarian/ vegan choice. 20 minutes drive from home. Website: http://www.thebridgeinnmichaelchurch.co.uk/eat Phone #: +441981510646
Kentchurch HR2 0BY (Not open Sunday evening or all day Mondays) Passionate about the food they offer, great atmosphere. Locally sourced. Vegetarian , Vegan and GF options. Website: http://thebridgeinnkentchurch.com/ Phone 01981 241158
The Bridge Inn Kentchurch
Kentchurch HR2 0BY (Not open Sunday evening or all day Mondays) Passionate about the food they offer, great atmosphere. Locally sourced. Vegetarian , Vegan and GF options. Website: http://thebridgeinnkentchurch.com/ Phone 01981 241158
Longtown HR2 0NT Wood fired cooked food from the farm, served in an ancient barn. Sunday lunch alternate weeks and evening Feasts every few months. See https://www.wildbynaturemeats.com/ for dates. Finalist in 2019 BBC Food and Farming awards
Wild by Nature Feasts
Longtown HR2 0NT Wood fired cooked food from the farm, served in an ancient barn. Sunday lunch alternate weeks and evening Feasts every few months. See https://www.wildbynaturemeats.com/ for dates. Finalist in 2019 BBC Food and Farming awards