A Hundred Suns front woman, Claire Perkins, also known for her solo performances asPerk, reviews our latest #Trending Foodie and Craft Beer destination in the city, the Firefly Hereford, brought to us by Matthew Pugh and Ray Velasquez. Matthew established the original Firefly in Worcester and the super chic 5 star rated Hand in Glove Cocktail Bar which are popular landmarks of the thriving Worcester scene.
They are off to a great start in Hereford by partnering with the Mad Snacks Street Foodcompany which also runs a much anticipated food truck bringing Hereford into the 21st Century and exposing us to Fish Tacos. We are eternally grateful.
A Hundred Suns front woman, Claire Perkins, also known for her solo performances asPerk, reviews the latest gastronomy hot spot, the Cellar Door Fine Dining Restaurant and Cafe on Widemarsh Street in the Hereford City Centre which features Masterchef finalist Josh Donachie as head chef.
Musicians live and play by their own rules and Claire is no exception as she brings us a food review injected with her trademark humour that will leave you with hunger pangs and grabbing your phone to make dinner reservations. She is a passionate foodie, I recommend you take her word for it.
Fine dining in Hereford has taken a turn for the best, as I encountered last Sunday. The newly openedCellar Door Fine Dining Restaurant and Cafe, is a stones throw from high town, nestled between old clothes shops opposite Elts. It’s so unassuming it’s a ‘blink and you miss it’ place. I walked past it once through my idiocy before stumbling upon this treasured hideaway.
“even their Spare Ribs are prepared fresh on the premises”
Oceans Fish and Chip Bar on St Owens Street is fortunate enough to boast prime real estate access across the road from Hereford’s landmark pub and live music venue, The Barrels pub.
If you haven’t been to the Barrel’s, then you have not embraced what it is to be a local. This being the case, then please put this popular watering hole on your road map as the next destination on a night out. Not overshadowed by this longstanding patron of success, Oceans holds its own – and possibly the hands of many Barrel’s patrons on their way home.
The Finest and Freshest Ingredients
A clever business move indeed, but what makes Ocean’s special is the quality of their glorious, gluten free chips and their commitment to using the freshest ingredients, even their Spare Ribs are prepared on the premises and their pies are fresh. They receive 8 stars on the Hereford City Centric 5 star rating scale.
Mal Williams, proprietor of the Oceans Fish and Chip Bar, sources his fish from the Faroe Islands every couple days – meaning the fish is cooked from fresh, and never frozen. The chips are cooked in a separate pan so they never touch the batter, or any other ingredients. You could say they are vegan too.
Friendly service, and well of course the golden battered, gleaming Cod luring you from behind the glass, surpasses the chips shops of this day and age, who regretfully have adopted short cuts in sourcing their ingredients.
Mal also sources his meats from local butchers, staying within our local economy, known for some of the finest butchers in the country.
There is also a loveliness about the place with its clean, welcoming branding, and mural easily spotted when driving past on St. Owens Street, depicting a lush green farm located on a seaside cliff, painted by a local Hereford College of the Arts student, transporting you back to Mal’s childhood memories.
‘A Rule Of Tum Burger Shop’ has fast become one of the most popular eateries in Hereford, known for using fresh, local produce to create culinary classics. Both quality and quantity are in the mix; a definite tick on most tummies checklists.
Situated on Aubrey Street, an area which is fast becoming a hub of activity (Hereford Beer House and CCR Vape Barare just around the corner), you walk through the door into a subtly lit room with pine tables, and a brick finish that feels like a minimalist, rustic escape. The open kitchen allows you to watch as your culinary delights are prepared before your eyes.
Upon entering, we were greeted by the smiley, quirky staff asking where we wished to be seated. The last few times I have been in, I sat right by the door, maybe to people watch, but mainly to gaze admiringly at the ‘Specials Board’ (Kimchi Burgers, Cauliflower Bites, Smoked Chicken and Potato Croquettes to name but a few). Or maybe it was to dribble at the indulgent drinks board, as they make a delectable cocktail with Tyrells vodka, and have craft beers, ales and local cider delights for the clientele to sample.
This time, however, my ‘eating buddy’ and I decided to sit in the conservatory, with a sheen of the daylight seeping through and greenery all around the windowsills, covered in fairy lights adding to the ambience. There was a hum going through the place, as there were families, teenagers, arty types, and a couple of older folk enjoying a feed on a Saturday afternoon. And who could blame them with such divine cuisine on offer.
First, out came the beers. My buddy went for The Kernels, aptly named ‘Table Beer’, which is a smooth, golden ale from London Brewery, served in a simple brown bottle and label combination that was far too easy to drink.
I went for the Beavertown ‘Gamma Ray’, which is an American Pale Ale with a distinctive hoppy taste. The majority of Beavertown’s ales are stocked in A Rule Of Tum, as well as The Beer In Hand, and are somewhat of a novelty, seeing as they are always served in a 330ml can with bright, animated, cartoon-style branding .
For the feast, falafel it had to be. In the Falafel Burger, which is a regular on the menu, three huge falafel pieces are dowsed in celeriac and cucumber coleslaw, tucked between a layer of tangy pickled red cabbage, with a touch of tahini paste, a squirt of ketchup and salad, served in a brioche bun. All make for a mouth watering fiesta. It was luscious.
I actually stopped myself half way through the burger to check if anyone was watching me devour the burger like a cave women. Thankfully not. Neither was my ‘eating buddy’, as he was eating his Farmer Tom’s Beef Burger (Hereford Beef, cheddar, pickles, mustard mayo, salad in a brioche bun) in practically the same manner. And quite frankly, it’s far too good not to. When asked what he thought of it, he said, “Everything you expect from a burger. And more”. So there you have it.
I couldn’t leave my falafel burger on its lonesome in my stomach, so I went for some Rosemary Salted Chips as an accompaniment, which were so flavoursome, I was actually licking the rosemary salt off them. You can also see the potato skins left on some of them, which I love – it gives them rustic appeal.
My ‘eating buddy’ went for the Sticky BBQ Wings. The sauce is hot and sweet and plentiful, whilst the chicken slides off the bone and melts in the mouth. Satisfied stomachs all round.
A Rule of Tum are expanding; they’ve opened the bookshop next door. Books are plentiful (all in the name), as well as Christmas cheer on Friday and Saturdays, when they’re running an evening called ‘Bedtime Stories’. They’ll be serving all of their alcohol treats with a dose of musical festivities.
On the Sunday, you can book yourself a Sunday Roast Dinner. Not sure if you peeps remember, but they were serving these a couple of years ago when they were a pop up restaurant at The Beer In Hand, and they went down a storm, as you’d have to book way in advance for a table.
I’m sure I witnessed once, elbow flinging amongst the locals to get a leftover roast potato. I was lucky enough to devour one of these back then, and they’re highly recommended, with a food stomp imprinted on my memory.
To book one of these appetizing feasts, go on to their website at:
Nestled in the Bastion Mews alongside Temple Records, Hereford Cycle Hub and Hereford Drift Trikes, is the home of The Shack Revolution. A new member of Hereford’s rapidly expanding foodie culture, something we have been waiting a long time for.
We love the upcycled aesthetic and the wonderful selection of fresh juices, cocktails, craft beers, and local Hereford ciders. There is also a straight-to-the-point menu offering a selection of seasonal artisan pizzas Hereford locals are raving about. The coffee is celestial and perhaps spiked with a secret ingredient that makes it addictive, I have not stopped talking about it to my fellow coffee connoisseurs since.
Upon entering The Shack Revolution you are greeted by friendly staff who seem to really enjoy their job. Always a bonus, a positive attitude is contagious! The service, beverages and locally sourced food receive a 5 star rating from Hereford City Centric.
They also host a local Hereford acoustic open mic night on Sundays for the musically inclined, and customers are welcome to have a tinker on the charming house piano, a tradition once popular in local pubs adding to the laid back appeal that is a stamp of the local Hereford lifestyle.
The Shack Revolution
Wed-Saturday 12-11pm Sunday 12-9p
Article by Michelle Cuadra for Hereford City Centric Retail and Culture Community