There is the expression ‘of a sound mind’, which was a relevant theme when you entered the bottom floor of the The Royal British Legion in Ledbury last Saturday, where a local punk gig in aid of the charityMindwas being held.
The brainchild of local photographer and music producer Edoardo Mustaficaka Ed Headphones, a well loved eccentric around town, the gig featured 3 local punk bands (The Youth Within, Billy Whizz, Pablo Alto) that would end up shaking the walls of The Royal British Legion for a night few locals will forget, complementing his motto for the night ‘You’d be mad not to come’. Quite!
There were technical issues during the Billy Whizz performance, (down to dodgy lighting apparently), but soon in true Herefordshire style, onlookers jumped into lend a helping hand, and all was shortly sorted commencing the night’s shenanigans. Revellers were drawn to the sounds through the cobbled streets, as it was such a success that they had to turn punters away! All in a night’s gig. Continue reading “Punk Allegiance at the Legion”
It was cold, well no, freezing and all I could think of was walking home in a complete state of tunnel vision, when I came across some pretty cool street art in the least likely of locations…Hereford. Graffiti is no stranger to England with its own renowned satirical graffiti artist born out of the Bristol underground scene…Bansky. Except here, in cattle and cider country, there is little of such a thing.
Taking in these guerilla-warfare style works of art, I noticed the surrounding surface was covered in the usual half-arsed tags that usually resemble each other in some way or another, and don’t really add any character to the city. I recognized the “One-Eyed Gangsta” and the Breaking Bad “Heisenberg” and now am a bit obsessed with devoting an entire category to Hereford Street Art on this blog, hoping that someday Hereford Council will commission a bit of street art around the city to spread a positive message about our youth, culture and community.
Hereford is currently only known for its cattle, produce, ale, cider and the Mappa Mundi, which isn’t a bad thing, but the younger generation feels neglected. They all move away in search of bigger dreams and inspiration or are stuck at home behind a smartphone or Fallout 4 until the circulation is cut off from their legs.
Perhaps we should work a little harder to engage them and allow them some creative scope and importance around the city. They create the trends and the followers come later. It is how it works, we have all been there. After all, we have the notable Hereford College of Artsfull of budding artists who often go unappreciated. In the meantime, the mystery remains behind the can.
One of England’s best kept secrets is located on the Welsh Borders of Powys, Wales and only a quick drive from Hereford is Hay-on-Wye, HOme of the World Famous Hay Book Festival. The diamond of a town is considered part of Herefordshire, who is also and most definitely, one of England’s very best kept secrets.
Voted Hereford’s KIng of Pies a couple years back, Hereford Butchers on Bewell Street, truly lives up to their name. I highly recommend the Steak Pie which is made from Free Range traceable beef.
They should also be known as the Pork Roll Kings. There is always a cue of wide-eyed locals at lunch time waiting for their giant pork roll to be constructed. You can almost hear the hunger pangs in my stomach when I walk past the shop.
The price is right for the quality and quantity they serve up to their customers. Hereford Butchers have two shops next to each other on Bewell Street. The butcher shop and the sandwich shop. Recommended as brilliant, comforting winter food on the go, not that I didn’t have a fair few in the summertime.
If you can find him around the city on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday you are in luck. He certainly serves a fine Bratwurst. Nothing says German Christmas market all year around like Hereford City’s local Bratwurst guy. Thanks for that.
Notes: Jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, and Mirabelle plum
I wandered into Chave & Jacksonon Broad Street in the Hereford City Centre in search of a new ‘signature scent’. This genuinely can take a while, simply due to the fact that my fragrance palette never cooperates with my budget or moods. DAHLIA Divin by Givenchy has been on my mind since last year and since it isn’t available at Boots in Hereford, I wandered into our local independent chemists and beauty retailer hoping it would be in stock; they did not disappoint.
I discovered that the Perfume and Eau De Toilette vary greatly. I haven’t come across such a contradiction among perfumes until now. The reason I am even mentioning this scent is because the EDT (eau de toilette) is BEAUTIFUL! Warm and Spicy, rather sensual and reminiscent of a holiday in Brazil or Morocco with the hottest, tannest lover you have ever had. Get my point? It also had staying power comparable to a perfume.
Basically, I am sold. The Perfume, as opposed to the EDT, is a very personal choice so personally I do not recommend it as a gift. One must spritz it on first and give it time to react with our chemistry. It could work or fail. On the other hand,the EDT is a marvellous Christmas Gift and at £53 for 50 ml, a standard price for scents these days.
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.
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