Famous for its cathedral and the Mappa Mundi. Here you will find eateries like Wagamama, Pizza Express, a multiplex cinema, etc. A bright beacon is The Courtyard (see below for more).
A host of shops, the most exclusive to be found in Church Lane which leads to the Cathedral. Hereford also boasts a wide selection of excellent high street restaurant chains, including Wagammas, Pizza Express and The Wildwood Café.
Herefords centre for The arts. film, plays, panto, exhibitions, and a good place for a coffee or lunch. Check out their website to see what’s going on. http://www.courtyard.org.uk/
Hereford HR4 9YJ
Tel: 01432 340555
We are on the Welsh borders, so why not make a foray across to some of its best market towns, many just half an hour away.
A firm favourite. About 20 min drive. Famous for its book shops and of course the Hay Festival, and a good launch pad for a trek up the Black Mountains onto Hay Bluff. Or just wander gently and have a coffee.
Famously, there is not one ghastly chain shop in the high street.
Glassblowers, museums, a cathedral – plus there’s all that countryside stuff to tramp about in. About a 40 min drive from Midland Farm, Brecon hosts the 24th Regiment of Foot’s museum, recounting the 48 hours of its cataclysmic defeat at Isandlwana and the subsequent miraculous ‘victory’ at Rorke’s Drift.
Home to Wales’ largest food festival, and surrounded by the breathtaking Brecon Beacons, as a maket town Abergavenny punches well above its weight.
Whilst in ‘Aber’, head over to Crickhowell. This quaint town lies just over 10 miles south-east of Abergavenny. With beautiful views of the Usk Valley, a castle and charming shops and cafes, it’s a lovely spot for an afternoon meander.
Food and Drink
After all that frantic activity we recommend taking the weight off your aching feet at The Tram in Eardisley, which is about a 10 minutes drive from the yurt.
It is excellent value with great food and a friendly welcome. It has excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, and we agree!
Best to call and book up ahead of your visit as the locals tend to get in first. The Tram is closed on Mondays, and Sunday evening is drinks only. Enjoy the Butty Bach, which is a local brew. They keep it well, no doubt helped by the high turnover.
The Stagg Inn at Titley was the first pub in England to gain a Michelin star. It provides a relaxed and uplifting dining experience that you would not think the Marches can muster. It is a 15 mins drive from Midland Farm, and is a great evening destination. Sat nav can come in handy to ensure a stress free arrival.
A real treat if you are celebrating or simply pushing the boat out.
Cath Urquhart, Travel Editor of The Times said “You know there’s something special about the place the minute you crest the hill.” Cath is right, its one of our favourite venues. A bit further to travel. Worth it though.
Tel: 01874 620 111
About 35 mins drive.
Old Radnor, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2RH. Just the other side of Kington.
The Harp is a lovely old Welsh longhouse inn perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Radnor Valley, close to the border. Amazing views.
A traditional pub with big fire, a proper bar and a pub style menu to go with it.
Tel: 01544 350655