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Enjoy tasty nights out at Hereford’s historical Castle House Hotel!

Enjoy tasty nights out at Hereford’s historical Castle House Hotel!

IN THE early 18th century, a local entrepreneur built two Regency villas alongside the ruins of Hereford Castle. Little did this Hereford gentleman know that his magnificent home would benefit so many people for centuries to come.

Today, this ancient building is home to the exquisite Castle House Hotel, Hereford city’s only boutique hotel. Castle House offers resplendent views of Hereford Cathedral and its beautiful garden has the old castle moat running through it.

Castle House is family-owned and run by the Watkins family whose produce from their kitchen gardens and farm at Ballingham Hall are used in the wonderful cuisine found here.

The fine dining restaurant is run by the very talented executive head chef Claire Nicholls who combines her many wonderful ideas for dishes with the fantastic local produce of Herefordshire’s own food and drink producers.

Prue Leith, student Vicky Preece & Claire Nicholls from Castle House Hotel – pic The Ledbury Reporter

Claire is also keen to nurture local cooking talent and when a student from Herefordshire & Ludlow College won a cooking competition, her prize was four weeks of training with Claire at Castle House. The award was presented by Great British Menu’s Prue Leith CBE, the new face of Great British Bake Off – it doesn’t get much better than that!

With wonderful afternoon teas, a selection of delicious, locally-sourced lunches and suppers, plus a luxurious home-from-home at this beautifully kept hotel, you’ll enjoy every aspect of Castle House.

Close to the ancient grounds of Hereford Cathedral, great shopping and nightlife, or a short drive to the most wonderful walks and views at Hay Bluff and the Black Mountains, Castle House is offering a plethora of events for food and drink lovers over the coming Summer months:

This former Regency villa sits within throwing distance of Hereford’s Anglo Saxon cathedral

St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s Day
Sunday 23rd April 12pm-2pm
Celebrate England’s Patron Saint and The Bard’s special day with a delicious traditional roast and pudding in the Castle House Restaurant or Ballingham Bistro.
Three-course lunch: £28 Children under 12: £15

Claire’s locally sourced menu includes fresh ingredients from Ballingham Hall just 8 miles away

Fresh and Smoked Fish Dinner
Thursday 8th June at 7pm
Executive head chef Claire Nicholls and her team, together with the Severn & Wye Smokery, have created a delicious menu for this event. Severn & Wye Smokery sits on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean, between two of England’s most celebrated salmon rivers and continues the old fashioned art and practice of ‘smoking’ only the highest quality fish and meat.

Its two flagship products are smoked wild salmon and smoked eel, but the business has grown to produce a full range of smoked fish products, which it distributes to top restaurants and outlets across the UK and the world. Find out about their campaign in support of the British Sustainable Eel at
Three-course dinner, glass of Prosecco and canapés on arrival: £40
Please note that certain dishes may incur a supplement.

Claire Nicholls works closely with the best Herefordshire producers to create some of the finest dishes you’ll find in Hereford

Visit Ballingham Hall with Afternoon Tea
Friday 23rd June, 2.30pm-4.30pm
For over 120 years Ballingham Hall has been home to the Watkins family, owners of Castle House. A Grade II listed sandstone manor house with a fully working farm, the Hall’s kitchen garden grows much of the seasonal vegetables, herbs and fruit for the hotel’s menus.
Meet at Ballingham Hall, where you will be welcomed by George Watkins who will take you on a tour of the farm.

Tour Ballingham Hall and its gardens followed by a delightful afternoon tea

You will meet Colin Brown, the gardener who looks after the kitchen garden, as well as Castle House’s pretty terraced garden. Join George on a stroll around the lake before visiting the Grade II listed Church of St Dubricius, which dates from the 13th and 14th centuries and was restored in 1885. Afternoon tea will be served in Ballingham Hall’s pretty garden, weather permitting, or in the house.
Address: Ballingham Hall, Holme Lacy, Ballingham, Hereford HR2 6NH (Around 8 miles from Hereford city)
Ticket: £20 including visit and afternoon tea

The Joy and Pleasure of Cider with Food
with Tom Oliver
Thursday 17th August, 7pm
Tom Oliver – The Herefordian Cider Ambassador
Cider and Perry is Herefordshire’s liquid gold, so meet Midas: Tom Oliver is the Master Cidermaker at Oliver’s Cider and Perry in Ocle Pychard. When he’s not on the road as tour band manager for The Proclaimers, or sharing his unique “minimal intervention wild yeast” cider making style across Europe and America, Tom is making his award-winning cider and perry on his Herefordshire farm.

Mr Pheasant’s bird-ict: Take time off from cooking and enjoy some incredibly tasty events at Castle House this Summer. Thanks to the wonderful Paula Snow at Castle House for organising such amazing nights out for foodies!

Tom and Claire Nicholls, Castle House’s executive head chef, have joined up to create tonight’s Herefordshire menu that shows the incredible versatility of cider and perry with a selection of delicious dishes.

Find out what Fera at Claridges, Lyles and The Marksman in London already know. Cider and perry are very fine drinks and in the kitchen, their chefs delight in marinating, cooking with, creating sauces from and dipping in vinegars.
Ticket: £45 including cider & perry tasting, three-course Herefordshire dinner and coffee. Full Afternoon Tea £15, Hereford Cream Tea £6.

Follow this link to find out more about Castle House Hotel. Hereford’s little gem!

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