Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
We are privileged to have a destination that is in England and Wales, but to celebrate St. George’s Day today, here are a few things we love about our English side!
The breathtaking views: Symonds Yat Rock is known as a viewpoint to spot a host of wildlife, including peregrine falcons, adders, and otters, as well as a great spot to look over the valley. And for you movie buffs, the location was also used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
The rich history: Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the eighteenth century travellers who followed the Wye Tour. The region is also renown as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, with plenty of attractions to offer visitors an insight into the historical importance. At the heart of the forest, dating back to 1676, the Speech House Hotel is now a modern day hotel and is still home to the Verderers Court, held every 40 days or 4 times per year. Many events held in the Forest are centred around the Speech House Hotel, being in the middle of the Royal Forest of Dean.
The food: The region produces everything from cider, wine, artisan beer and cheeses, Gloucester old spot bacon and smoked Severn salmon, to organic juices and vegetables, free range chickens and eggs. Many of our food producers have onsite shops, and produce can be found at regular Farmers’ Markets and other outlets throughout the area.
The Forest Food Showcase is held annually at Speech House on the first Sunday in October. The Flavours of Herefordshire food festival takes place on August bank holiday weekend in the heart of Hereford. With many food stalls and demonstrations, they are great opportunities to try what the area has to offer. With plenty of fantastic restaurants and pubs, you will be sure to find a large selection on their menus too.
The drink: How could anyone resist tasting local brews from the Wye Valley Brewery? This brewery was the winner of the Best Drinks Producer award at the BBC Food and Farming awards 2010 and stocks lots of local pubs with their brews. You’ll find plenty of local beers at the Ross on Wye Beer and Cider Festival in May. The region is also well known for wine and has several vineyards. Three Choirs produce a range of award winning English wines, real ales and ciders and also boast an on-site restaurant.