Hot Lists Thursday, June 1st

Bad Child? Here's a Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide

Hot Lists Thursday, June 1st

Bad Child? Here's a Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide

Shamefully disorganised ahead of Father's Day? Don't buy a crap card from the supermarket. Become the favourite child with help from our Herefordshire-special last minute gift guide.

Take him to a meat feast.

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Millenials dont spend money on things, dad. We're all about the good times. What you need is a 'multisensory experience'. What you need is a ticket to the Stoked Summer Feast.

A "celebration of farming, food and fire", this is a pop up dinner party on a proper Herefordshire farm. There'll be Chase cocktails, a cider bar, Herefordshire-made charcuterie, and a six-course sharing feast that features wood fired porchetta and a mystery main course.

The best multisensory experience this side of Christmas.

June 24 | £45 per ticket | buy online

Join the pride.



Every four years the seasons don't run Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer, they run Autumn, Winter, Spring, Lions.

Not only is it one of the best sporting events in the world, but it has an almost unnatural ability to make Englishmen cheer for Welshmen, and vice versa. make the most of the season by taking your old man to a one-off event at The Chase Hotel in Ross on Wye on June 16. It's a three course lunch with Adam Jones and Andy Powell. Details here.

Also, there's £20 off all replica Lions shirts via the official site this week: buy online

Juen 16 | Lunch with a Lion £50 | buy online

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Visit the Secret Bottle Shop.

The Secret Bottle Shop, Hereford

Don't yell is but Japanese whisky might be better than your store cupboard scotch. If your father's partial to a dram of the good stuff, pay a visit to The Secret Bottle Shop in Hereford. This mini retail space, run by Saxty's on Widemarsh Street, stocks a serious selection of wine, fizz, port and spirits.

We're recommending Hibiki Harmony Blended Whisky (£54.95, 70cl) - one of the 'mainstream' Japenese whiskys you've probably seen in bars and restaurants.

"A meticulous blend of the finest select whiskies, it is a symphony of at least 10 malt and grain whiskies. The delicate blend creates a oneness unfolding a full orchestra of flavours and aromas, it is light, approachable and moreish with enticing notes of orange peel and white chocolate. Hibiki is not only Japan's most highly awarded blended whisky, but among the most prestigious and honoured whiskies in the world" - Saxty's, Hereford. 

Prefer rum? The Secret Bottle Shop stocks Pussers's Rum, Old J, and ridiculously bottled Dead Head from Mexico. 

Not going into town before Sunday? Order online before 3pm Monday to Thursday for next day delivery: | 01432 357872.

Want wine over whiskey? Check out Ledbury-based Rude Wines' early summer sale - 15% off all Italian wines:

Get him a good book.


A good dad deserves a good book. Rather than wandering aimlessly around Waterstones hoping a best-seller might have been strategically placed near the till, how about sharing a Herefordshire story.

Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel

Beautifully writtten by Herefordshire-based Lewis-Stempel, Meadowland is a "unique and intimate account of an English meadow's life". Nature writing as it should be; engaging and illuminating from begginning to end.

An extract from Meadowland:

"Curleee. Curleee. The sound of the wild. I have been listening out for them for days, and they come on this afternoon of the 26th, planing down the wind as they make their plaintive cries to the souls of the departed.

The curlews are home. To my private amusement our curlews are inverse Herefordians, in that they spend the winter holidaying in west Wales; human Herefordians go to west Wales for their summer hols.

I fret eschatalogically about the curlews, as though it is their migratory wingbeats that turn the earth, and should they they fail to appear we will have entered some ecological end time. But they are home, home to breed. Curlews are not gregarious in the breeding season, and each couple likes a great deal of space. Historically, we have had one pair nesting in the field by the road, and one pair down in the meadow - which is about as far apart as you can get on forty acres.

A male curlew glides around performing a vibrato bubbling trill. Within two days he has secured a mate and then the curlew pair circle round the bottom field, laying claim to their territory. Fortunately, we rather love the haunting piping of the curlew. For us, it is not just the sound of the wild, or of spirits calling to the dead, it is the official announcement of spring.

Curlews live for five years, and are creatures of habit concerning habitat. The likelihood is that one of the pair in the meadow was born here, as were its parents. They have taken to the air and are crying again. The elongated double-note of their call is almost caught in the curlew's name if the stress is placed on the first syllable."

The Eyre Affair by Jasper FForde

Based near Hay-on-Wye, Fforde's fiction is weird and wonderful. The Eyre Affair was his debut, published in 2001, introduced us to literary detective Thursday Next who, living in an alternative 1985, chases a criminal through the world of Brone's Jane Eyre. Told you it was weird and wonderful.

Midwinter of the Spirit by Phil Rickman

More of a thriller-fan? The latest in Rickman's Merrily Watkins series. This eerie mystery mixes history with modern life as it follows a Hereford-based vicar/exorcist embroiled in an unusual police case. 


Still stuck for ideas...

"Stuck for Father's Day gift ideas? How about a choice of 230+ beers and ciders, customisable gift packs, beer & matching glassware, gift vouchers? We are open all day until 9pm."



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