The local area has a wealth of food and drink makers and producers of fine crafts. Many showcase sustainable practices and are locally distinctive, helping make the AONB a special place to visit, live and work. We highlight a few here, but this is not intended to represent a complete list or act as recommendations.
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Malvern Hills Brewery
Malvern Hills Brewery (affectionately known as MHB) was established in an old quarryman’s gunpowder store in September 1998. Brewing originally began as a hobby and the beers often take their names from local luminaries and events from the Malvern area. As well as producing award winning local beers, MHB also recognise the importance of protecting the environment and using resources wisely.
Eastnor Pottery is located within the magnificent Herefordshire Country Estate of Eastnor Castle. The studio was established by ceramic artists Jon Williams & Sarah Monk. As well as showcasing their own unique designs, the Pottery offers an exciting programme of courses and workshops for all ages and abilities, from children’s parties to adult workshops and from team-building events to hen parties!
Holywell Spring Water
Remarkable cures have been attributed to the Holy Well spring water in Malvern Wells since at least the 12th century. Ownership of the Holywell site was taken over in 1999 and has been carefully restored by its custodians with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The renovations included work on the Well Room, The Rest Room and the conversion of an area of the old bottling plant to an Education Centre. Still and sparkling water is now bottled on site.
Special-ice Cake Making Business
Sheila and Sarah Hitchon have developed their own Cake Making Business “Special-ice” on the family run farm near Ledbury. They have converted an old cider mill and granary into a purpose-built professional cake kitchen. Together they create beautifully decorated wedding cakes and special occasion cakes to suit modern, contemporary and classical tastes. Their own delicious range of home made cakes include tiered wedding cakes, birthday cakes, christening cakes and special cakes for corporate events. Sheila and Sarah are able to decorate cakes with intricate and delicate sugar flowers and lace work and piping as well as creating smooth contemporary modern styles with gorgeous fresh flowers.
Old Kennels Farm: Cider, Cycle Hire and Holiday Cottages
The Old Kennels Farm is a small family run farm of 24 acres. Every Autumn, cider is made from the apples in the orchard here. Old Kennels Farm holiday cottages are conversions of old farm buildings and are all named after old varieties of cider apples. The owners also run a Ledbury cycle hire business conveniently situated by Ledbury Railway Station. Find out more about cycling in the AONB here.