Last week on a rare day of sunshine and warmth we decided to go for a drive into our neighbouring shires of Hereford and Worcester getting off the usual roads we take when going south to get onto a motorway and slowly exploring a few of the many B roads in the counties to admire the most wonderful countryside and views.
We stopped for lunch in Ledbury, an early Saxon settlement, now a market town, as it is yet another town which we have bypassed many times but never stopped to explore. It is famous for its poetry festival in July and has connections with Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, John Masefield and H Rider Haggard.
It still features some lovely examples of Norman, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture and lies nestled beneath the ancient Malvern Hills from where you get outstanding panoramic views over the Severn Valley.
We ate reasonable, but not outstanding pub fare, at the Prince of Wales located in the delightful Church Street, followed by an excellent ‘Just Rachel’ gooseberry and elderflower ice-cream from the nearby ‘Mrs Muffins’ tea-room. We left Ledbury with a punnet of Herefordshire raspberries and a bundle of local asparagus, both of which I can state were delicious!