• The Harp Inn, Old Radnor: The neighbouring pub (pictured above) occupies an incredible 15th century Welsh longhouse. It is frequently cited as one of very best in Wales and was named Good Pub Guide Country Pub of the Year 2020 (so it has clearly come a long way since Charles I visited and is documented to have complained about the food).
• The Stagg Inn, Titley: This food-focused pub is a serial award-winner and has been run by the same team for over twenty years. An Inn has been on the site since medieval times.
• The Cider Barn, Pembridge: Based in a beautiful old agricultural building, this is a restaurant dedicated to showcasing and supporting the very best local food and drinks suppliers.
• Daphne’s Pizza, Presteigne: Delicious sourdough pizza in a relaxed setting. The ice cream and local beer isn’t bad either!
• The Fforest Inn, Llanfihangel nant melan: Friendly inn serving the usual pub fare.
• The Workhouse Gallery and Café, Presteigne: Great coffee and a small café menu.
• Nonna Caterina: is an itinerant Italian catering company that ply their delicious wares by popping up at various venues across the area on different dates. They can also do private dining at Little Harp if you want to eat in!
The area is well known for outstanding local produce, due in large part to the particularly nutrient-rich soil of the Marches. Below is a list of companies in the area whose produce guests have particularly enjoyed:
• Myrtle’s Kitchen: Jams and chutneys
• Alex Gooch: Artisan baker
• Dunkertons: Organic cider
• Continuum: Handmade chocolates
Good places to go local produce are Paul Lewis (butcher), The Grapevine (greengrocer with a side line as a fishmonger) and Number 25 (a great delicatessen), all in Kington.
There is a small but high quality food market in Kington at the Place de Marines every Friday from 9am – 1pm.
Presteigne has a market on the first Saturday of every month at the Memorial Hall. If you are after good meat, it’s also worth seeking out Weobley Ash butchers.
There is an excellent, larger market in Hay-on-Wye on Thursdays.
One of the UK’s longest-established wholefood sellers, Survival Wholefoods in Weobley, also offers their vast range of wholefoods to retail customers.
Approximately 20 minutes drive away is Oakchurch, an impressive farm shop and rural shopping centre. It likes to call itself the Harrods of Herefordshire!