There is a very strong tradition of cider making in Herefordshire and whilst once it was simply the drink of choice to refresh farm workers during the long and busy days of harvesting, it is now a much more popular drink.
Cider orchards are scattered throughout the county and the Hereford Cider Route highlights many of the region’s producers, including gems such as Dunkerton’s Cider Company, where the fruit is grown organically before being pressed to create the apple nectar (or pear nectar, if we are talking Perry!)
With a climate that is so good for apple production, it is no surprise that wine producers are also taking advantage of it, to start and put the the county on the map of English wine producers. There are now several vineyards in Herefordshire turning out excellent quality wines, that can be enjoyed without the worry of having thousands of food miles attached to them.
With premium drinks at the forefront of the county’s food heritage, it is fitting that there should be a leading producer of crips and snacks in the county and Tyrells have developed one of the UK’s leading snack brands from their base in Leominster, with scrumptious products such as hand cooked potato crisps.
It’s not just apples, wine and snacks though. Hereford is renowned for producing top quality beef and the county grows a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables, in particular Asparagus, with plenty of thick juicy spears available at the region’s farmer’s markets during the season from April to June.