Hot Lists Monday, February 8th Words by: Lauren Rogers

Last minute Valentine's gifts with a Herefordshire twist

Hot Lists Monday, February 8th

Last minute Valentine's gifts with a Herefordshire twist

Tickets to Hereford Beer House's Bottle Club

This specialist beer bottle shop in West Street, Hereford, is a tap shop/offie stocking serious craft beer from around the world. On February 18, owners Jonny and Amelie are holding Bottle Club #2 - you'll try six different beers and learn a whole lot about the beer style, the breweries, and "even some boring historic facts so you fully understand what you’re smelling and drinking".

£28 for 2 people, which includes 6 beers and a cheese and charcuterie board to share.

A bunch of tickets to Borderlines Film Festival screenings

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While we're talking movies, you could do worse than buying your beloved tickets to a pick of forthcoming Borderlines film screenings. Running from February 26 to March 13, this year’s festival will show more than 100 films in 26 venues across Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.

If your loved one swooned at The Revenant, we recommend tickets to the festival’s Tarkovsky retrospective. A split-screen supercut stitched together by designer Misha Petrik has been doing the rounds online, beautifully showing how Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Oscar contender was inspired by the back catalogue of renowned Russian director Andrey Tarkovsky.

A bottle of Chase Rhubarb Vodka

Because vodka.

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If you need convincing, let us introduce the Love Potion Julep.



4 parts Chase Rhubarb Vodka 
1 part Chase Elderflower Liqueur
1 and a half parts cloudy apple juice
1 and half parts Fresh lime juice
1 and a half parts sugar syrup

Dash of Soda

Method: Shake all ingredients (except soda) with cubed ice, strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice.
Garnish: Dash over soda. Fresh apple and lime slice.

Last minute life hack: No cocktail shaker? Wash out a jam jar/sports bottle/old milk carton, add around six cubes of ice, pour in the ingredients and shake it like a polaroid picture for 20 seconds.

Chase Rhubarb Vodka is £36 (RRP) at Waitrose, John Lewis and directly from

Membership to Mousetrap's monthly cheese club

Because cheese.

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At the Mousetrap Cheese Shops in Hereford, Leominster and Ludlow, £29.99 a month gets you an enviable selection of cheese along with tasting notes, pairing advice, a box of crackers, and often a recipe, chutney sample or some other lovely treat. You want romance? You need 1kg of cheese delivered to the doorstep.

Gift vouchers 

Avoid run-of-the-mill vouchers here and instead seek out something a little different. We love gift vouchers for Warehouse 701 @ Wye Valley Reclamation. It's an absolute treasure trove, tucked away on the Rotherwas Industrial Estate in Hereford. Last time I went for a tin of Annie Sloan chalk paint, I left with two chairs and an antique fire screen.

A little something something from Rude Wines

Ledbury-based Rude Wines has a handful offers tailor made for Valentine's Day. We like this case of best selling sparkling Italian fizz that comes with two Dartington Crystal flutes for £59.99.  

Your Netflix password

If all else fails, this one's a freebie. 


Throw into the mix the recent Netflix survey that claimed 25% of people will find a person more attractive based on the TV shows they watch, and 27% insist that enjoying the same shows is important, now is the time to share your binge list.

Image credits

Tile: Love Potion Julep from Chase

Banner: Happy Valentine's Day by Ruby Ran, via Flickr CC

Cheese tower from Mousetrap Cheese Shop on Facebook



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