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There's plenty to see and do in the area, and sometimes it's advisable to ring ahead of your visit to book. Here are some telephone numbers which may be useful.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Cinemas:
Hereford Odeon - 0871 2244007
Worcester Odeon - As above
Worcester Vue - 0871 2240240
For films, theatre and a variety of one-off courses and workshops, try:
Ludlow Assembly Rooms - 01584 878141
Hereford Courtyard Theatre - 01432 346500

Swimming Pools: 
Leominster Pool - 01568  612540
Ludlow Pool - 01584 874620 (Ludlow’s pool, at South Shropshire Leisure Centre, has a flume, which is great fun but isn’t always open - check direct with the pool for times.)

Riding Centres:
Sue Thomas, Leysters - 01568 750602
North Farm, Ludlow - 01584 872026 
Llangorse Riding, Brecon - 01874 658272

Golf:
Kington Golf Club - 01544 230340
Leominster Golf Club - 01568 610055
Brockington Hall Golf Club, Bodenham - 01568610602
The Grove Golf Centre and Driving Range - 01568 610602
Of these, Kington is comfortably the best - and also the highest golf course in England,
with magnificent views over seven counties. However, it is also the furthest, about 45 minutes’ drive.

Fishing: Docklow Pools - 01568  760256.     Kingfisher Trout Lake, Bromyard - 01885 488464.

Cycling: Wheely Wonderful Cycling Petchfield Farm, Elton - 01568 770755

Canoeing: Wye Valley Canoe Centre Glasbury-on-Wye - 01497 847213

Indoor Climbing: Llangorse Rope Centre, Brecon - 01874 658272 Great indoor rope centre,
not for the faint-hearted! Booking essential.

Ten-Pin Bowling: TGS Bowling, Hereford - 01432 352500

There's a visitor information file in each of our cottages with more ideas of things to do."

 

PLACES TO EAT

There are many lovely cafes, pubs and restaurants in the area and perhaps if you discover some new ones you could put them in our suggestions book. Here are some of our own tried and tested favourites. It’s usually necessary to book at the restaurants and pubs - particularly for dinner. There are two very good Michelin-starred restaurants in Ludlow, although if you haven’t booked by the time you’re reading this, you may be out of luck; however, it’s worth a try - and lunch is always less busy than dinner:

La Becasse, Corve Street, Ludlow (two stars): 01584 872325

Mr Underhill’s, Dinham Weir (one star): 01584 874431.  WEB LINK

England’s Gate, Bodenham: 01568 797286 Another really good village pub with reliable cooking and friendly service. A good choice for Sunday lunch, and they’re very child-friendly.  WEB LINK

The Wellington, Wellington: 01432 830367 This is a little further but well worth the drive. The food is usually terrific and the staff are always very friendly. WEB LINK.

The Crown and Sceptre, Bromyard: 01885 482441 Another good choice for Sunday lunch (although we haven’t been for ages, so we don’t know whether standards are still high). There’s a pleasant garden at the back. WEB LINK.

The Stagg, Titley: 01544 230221 This was the first pub in England to get a Michelin star for its cooking and, as such, enjoys an illustrious reputation hereabouts.  WEB LINK.

Stockton Cross, Kimbolton: 01568  612509 Very good, extensive menu, characterful interior, and a blazing log fire in the winter.

Upstairs At The Flying Dutchman, Corn Square, Leominster The best cafe in town by far. Great coffee, wonderful, hearty lunches and it now serves evening meals until 8.30pm on Fridays. Don’t make the mistake of going into the downstairs cafe, by the separate entrance in the adjacent street. It’s nothing like as nice as its trendy relation upstairs!

Broadfield Court Vineyard, Bodenham: 01568 797483 As well as the vineyard and lovely grounds, and the prospect of tasting some English wine made on the premises, there’s a fantastic little cafe serving delicious cakes and lovely light lunches. They also do Sunday lunch, but you have to book. Great on a sunny day.  WEB LINK

Hampton Court, Hope under Dinmore: 01568 797777 Another perfect destination for a fine day and one of our family’s favourite weekend haunts. The gardens are immaculate, and there’s a splendid maze. There’s also a great cafe housed in a wonderful orangerie. Opens Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and weekends from April to October (also open Bank Holidays).   WEB LINK


THINGS TO READ!

If you want to know more about our house, Docklow, Bromyard, Leominster and Herefordshire in general, we can immodestly suggest Brian’s book Tales of the Country, which tells the story of our first 12 months in Docklow after moving here from north London. It is stocked in all good local bookshops and even most of the not-so-good ones, priced £7.99, and comes highly recommended by Michael Palin (“Very funny, there’s not a single dull page”), Joanna Lumley (“Gorgeous, terribly funny and truthfully observed”) and the Daily Mail (“Brilliant”). And if Brian is around, he’ll be delighted to sign it for you!