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Bromyard

The Jewel in the Downs is a superb slogan, cleverly coined by someone who had the common sense to give the little town of Bromyard, on the Herefordshire / Worcestershire border, its own natty tagline. Add to that the unofficial motto that "if you can't it in Bromyard, you don't need it", and you're getting a sense of the pride and passion local folk have for their fiercely independent, hilly hometown.  Tradition stands firm here, from the high street greengrocer, bakery and butchers, via a hardware shop and florist. Not a Starbucks in sight.  Sure, it's sleepy. But Bromyard is home to myriad festivals – big, brash, brightly-coloured celebrations of community spirit and neighbourly fun. Bromyard Folk Festival attracts thousands of folk-lovers (and an alarming number of Morris Dancers) to town every September; the recently revived Bromyard Speed Festival has sports cars racing TT-style around narrow streets; Nozstock: the Hidden Valley is a boutique music and arts festival where hip-hop meets DnB and fancy dress; then there's the weird, wonderful Bromyard Hop Festival and World Championship Hop Pocket Races which pays tribute to the area's pivotal role in the now-faded hop picking industry. In the hop growing hey-day of the late 20th century, thousands of people from the industrial South Wales, Midlands and Black Country would decamp to Bromyard every summer for the hop harvest - picking green hops for Britain's brewing industry. Times have changed, but Herefordshire reportedly remains the largest hop producing area in the UK. Throughout the summer months you’ll see green hops growing high in fields around the town. Cider apples and cattle too. As for pubs, Bromyard has its fair share for a town so small. The black-and-white half-timber framed Falcon Hotel has a history dating back to 1535, the Rose and Lion is a Wye Valley Brewery watering hole, and not too far away at the riverside Talbot at Knightwick you'll find the independent makers of This, That and T’Other (Teme Valley Brewery) as well as a monthly farmers market. There's an impressive number of historic pubs in and around the town because of Bromyard's position less than 15 miles from Hereford, Worcester, Tenbury and Malvern. No better place to rest your bones and recharge your horse said those travelling this way in the 18th century. Probably. A few miles out of town you’ll find the Bromyard Downs and Bringsty Common, two ancient swathes of common land, full of rare flora and fauna. That, and the stunning views of the nearby Malvern Hills, tempt walkers, cyclists and outdoors types all year round. To find out more about the town and surrounding villages, visit www.bromyard.info and www.visitbromyard.co.uk.
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Top 5 Secret Nights Out in Hereford - Supported By Saxtys

On the last Friday of every month Saxty's in Hereford hosts a wine tasting night. The next one on June 30 is co-hosted by Liberty Wines, an award winning supplier whose mantra is to be "stubbornly quality focused". Ticktes are £20 and if you buy a case of wine on the night you get that entry fee back, making it one heck of an affordable night out.   1. The Secret Bottle Shop 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. Find out more: saxtyswines.co.uk | facebook.com | @Saxtys. Or give them a buzz on 01432 357872. 2. Secret Dumpling Club 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. Find out more: saxtyswines.co.uk | facebook.com | @Saxtys. Or give them a buzz on 01432 357872. 3. The Speakeasy 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. Find out more: saxtyswines.co.uk | facebook.com | @Saxtys. Or give them a buzz on 01432 357872. 4. The Secret Garden 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. Find out more: saxtyswines.co.uk | facebook.com | @Saxtys. Or give them a buzz on 01432 357872. 5. Screen Unseen 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. Find out more: saxtyswines.co.uk | facebook.com | @Saxtys. Or give them a buzz on 01432 357872. This feature was sponsored by Saxtys Wines, and the Secret Bottle Shop. Find out more at www.saxtyswines.co.uk.    

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