Friday Night was an absolute charmer of an evening. I Popped into the ‘February – 28 Paintings in 28 Days’ Exhibition with my trusty sidekick and photographer in crime, Grace Biddlecombe, and was greeted by a buzzing atmosphere – a room of smiling art appreciators, or perhaps they were Ria Parfitt fans. After all, the girl is a diamond. Grace snapped plenty of photographs for us to share with you and hopefully, inspire you to come along and experience Ria Parfitt’s playful art. Interpret as you wish!
The good news is she sold 14 paintings that night and several prints. On the second day she sold more. Wow. The prints are rather stunning as well, so you can pick one up if your favourite painting has sold. I am sure they are limited edition so you probably don’t want to linger too long. The possibility of a sell out is in the cards.
The exhibition is open to the public until St. Patrick’s Day in the De Koffie Pot Gallery located on the first floor. If you have not been to this Dutch-inspired converted coach house cafe you must add it to your places to lounge after a long day of shopping in the Hereford city centre. It is located along the River Wye and is part of a family venture that also manage the famous Left Bank venue. It’s beautiful and the coffee and cake are a hook – they also serve scrumptious food.
De Koffie Pot has become a social hub for culture on the River Wye in Hereford. The city’s creative demographic are being welcomed by venues around Hereford to host events and perform. The city is undergoing an evolution which is taking a positive direction.
I must mention that on the way out there was a room right across the gallery on the first floor that Grace and I gravitated towards illuminated with beautifully lit candles on the tables. They were preparing for their free Friday night live music events. Magical!
A favorite location where local Herefordians love to relax and socialize with the beautiful River Wye as the backdrop.
There seems to be a renaissance happening in the river quarter located in Hereford’s city centre, which I recently discovered one very chilled and somber morning wandering the streets of Hereford with a mind full of thoughts. Walking along Bridge Street, I paused at the Wye Bridge to greedily soak in the River Wye’s commanding presence in my usual manner. This year’s mild autumn had spoiled me rendering my body sensitive to the cooler weather, so upon noticing from the corner of my eye, the converted coach house now known asDe Koffe Potalongside the magnificentLeft Bank Event and Wedding Venue, I instantly was drawn in that direction hoping for the comfort of a hot cup of coffee in a beautiful setting.
The City of Hereford’s prime piece of waterfront real estate consists of the newly revived Left Bank, which is also home to the Charles Bar –a rooftop level cocktail and wine bar with sweeping views of the river, a vast outdoor seating area hosting a variety of Pop-up eateries, which includes the World Famous Beefy Boys, live music and, of course, a Dutch-inspired coffee house previously mentioned and set inside a charming converted coach house with an interior that has Herefordshire old world appeal stamped all over it fused with a minimalist vintage touch.
This business venture offers plenty of outdoor and indoor seating, including hay bales, a heated marquis seating area and fire pits ensuring their customers won’t freeze their little toes off; it also boasts a proximity to the River Wye available to few businesses in the City of Hereford.
As little as 2 years ago, the Left Bank Village stood empty, looming over the River Wye, a haunting reminder that there are many failed ventures and successes in Hereford’s fragile economy. The brainchild of an ambitious Dutch inventor and entrepreneur, Dr.Albert Heijn – the Left Bank was born. Fortunately, a new set of owners are pumping a new lease of life into the area and creating the regeneration of what Hereford City Centric has adapted into its vocabulary as the River quarter.
The friendly barista in the De Koffie Pot was enthusiastic and passionate about her place of employment, a theme you will often notice Hereford City Centric give high marks for. I was graciously given a tour of the first level which is currently under refurbishment. They are converting this level into meeting rooms that will feature many inspiring pursuits to look out for such as yoga. No space will be wasted in this unique business venture that Herefordians are keen to enjoy. We appreciate their effort and hard work to make a once forgotten landmark into something great again.