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This part of Herefordshire is well known for its local produce and has an increasing number of unsprayed and organic producers and restaurants and shops. There are no pubs within easy walking distance of the wood. The area is renowned for its cider and perry as well as cheese and pork. Many of the pubs have recently changed hands so the research goes on......
Pubs are not always good at offering vegetarian options. Many do not serve food on Sundays or Mondays. Phone to check.


Green Dragon, Bishops Frome. CAMRA best pub in County 3 years running. 6 real ales including some local and a guest plus good cider and perry. Very good simple food served early (try the Dragon Burger, spicy!), folk club on second Tuesday each month. 01885 490607. www.thegreendragoninn.com WR6 5BP
The Oak at Staplow. 3+ real ales and very good food (7 days a week), real fire and warm welcome. 01531 640621. www.oakinnstaplow.co.uk Live music on Sunday evenings and new, ensuite B+B rooms.HR8 1NP
The Bell at Bosbury. OK food and beer. 01531 640285.Not every night for food. HR8 1PX
Olive Tree, Ledbury. Excellent Italian Restaurant. Usually no need to book . 01531 634181. Superb pizza takeaway. Same chef and owner for over 20 years and very popular. Open early and every night. HR8 1BT
Various other pubs and restaurants in and around Ledbury.


Co-op (good supermarket) now open in the old Somerfield premises in Ledbury. A bit tucked away in New Street (near the top cross) but well worth finding. Fair trade, co-operatively owned and good quality food. HR8 2EZ
Waitrose (good supermarket - a co-operative with good quality food and wine), wholefood shop and organic butcher in Malvern. WR14 4WR
The Hop Pocket, Bishops Frome. Great range of local beers, ciders, juices, crafts and food. Well worth a visit. 01531 640323. www.thehoppocket.com WR6 5BT
Ledbury has great proper shops; bakers, good butchers and organic vegetables/wholefood shops and so on including a late night Spar.
Cash and fuel from Newtown Cross Service Station. Has useful basic Spar supermarket and good cakes. HR8 2TZ
Farmers' Market in Ledbury, Tuesday and Saturday am. Great real French bread (baked locally), cheese, veg and fish. Fish man Fridays.

CASH: ATM's available in Ledbury and Malvern at High Street banks, building societies and at the Co-op and Waitrose. Nearest to wood is at Newtown Cross Garage - makes a charge.

to contact Doug Joiner:

by email: doug@heavyhorses.net
by phone or fax: (+44) 01531 640 236 or on his mobile: (+44) 07773 900 751
or by post: Heavy Horses, Hill Farm, Stanley Hill, Bosbury, LEDBURY, HR8 1HE