We are shining the spotlight on Weobley in Herefordshire — one of the many fine examples of black and white villages within a short drive or two hour cycle ride from Ludlow. A 30-minute drive down the A49 towards Hereford, Weobley is one of the larger villages on the Black and White Village Trail and a perfect setting for a day’s exploration. Tom Evans, owner of The Weobley Brewing Co, gives some insider’s tips on what to do and see.
Tom talks about this idyllic former market town, where he has worked for the past 7 years. He held an enduring interest in brewing and enjoyed testing out home-brew recipes for many years. Although he was working full time in the fast lane as a Chef, he decided to spend what little spare time he had developing his brewery and is now a master brewer.
What is Weobley like and how long have you lived there?
Weobley is quite a large village with plenty going on and there’s something for everyone: from the scouts to the bowling green. It’s definitely not sleepy, but it still maintains a relaxed and friendly charm where everyone knows each other. Weobley throughout the ages has had a history of brewing beer and we feel proud to continue this tradition.
Your favourite shop(s) and why?
For me it’s Mark Hurds Country Butchers, being a chef for 13 years, I appreciate top quality and well prepared meat, and theirs is of the highest standard. Plus they will go out of their way to help customers.
Name the watering holes in the village
We are very lucky to have two pubs: The Unicorn inn and Ye Olde Salutation Inn. You can also have drinks on the garden terrace at Jules Restaurant.
Places to eat and relax
Again, we are very lucky, we have some great choices to eat, to relax and to socialise. We are very unique! There is Jules Restaurant, where all our beers are available and both our pubs serve food. There is also the Green Bean Café and Indian takeaway at Lal Bagh Restaurant .
Tell us what’s special/magical about Weobley that only insiders know
It may be a bit clichéd but everyone really does know each other and, will always help out in a time of need! It’s fantastic because if you need to borrow something or need someone to lend a hand, you can always guarantee there will be someone willing and able to help.
The one thing visitors must see?
It’s a must to see the view from the top of the St Peter and St Paul church spire. It’s amazing! You can see for miles, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone wanted to stand there all day just looking out across the countryside, it’s so beautiful.
Where are the great nature spots to go or the best place to go for a walk, run or cycle ride?
The walk up to the top of the Garnstone estate on Sunday morning with my dog is fantastic, and on your return to call by one of the pubs for a pint is the perfect Sunday. Also the cycle ride up over by the Herefordshire golf course is brutal but when you get to the top and come down the other side it is all worth it.
Discover The Weobley Brewing Co, Portland St, Weobley, Herefordshire.