The Bespoke by Nature team are unapologetic 'foodies'! Eating well and taking great pleasure in doing so have always been part of our family life, and never more so than when on holiday. That's why great food and drink is a key part of our offering at both Old Great Marlborough and Lower House Farm; we want to provide our guests with a gastronomic experience that is as integral to the holiday as the location. We are incredibly lucky to be surrounded by internationally renowned growers, producers, brewers and food festivals and we hope to share the very best of what they have to offer.
From organic vegetables to rare-breed meats, artisan breads to speciality cheeses, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire are at the heart of small-scale, lovingly crafted British food. We have been enjoying what they have to offer for years, and we hope you will too. At Old Great Marlborough, guests can of course completely self-cater; we have a fantastic 4 oven Aga for you to use, as well as a separate hob and electric oven. But we can also offer OGM entirely or part catered (think Ski Chalet style!), provide grand dinner parties or celebration meals, or supply you with a range of delicious, home cooked meals for you to 'heat and serve' on your arrival. At Lower House Farm, all of our catered camping weekends offer a specially tailored, bespoke menu for your group - taking all of the hassle (and the washing up!) out of the equation. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any specific requirements.
In addition to the food, the area also plays host to some exceptional beer and cider producers. Cider has been an integral part of Herefordshire life for centuries, and several local producers both big and small keep this part of the county's history alive. Beer production in the area continues to go from strength to strength, with plenty of new micro-breweries springing up to compete with the more established names. We have two pubs close to our properties, the Angel Inn in Grosmont being the local for Old Great Marlborough and the Crown Inn in Longtown the local for Lower House Farm. Both are traditional country pubs very much in the 'muddy boots welcome' (if not the norm!) vain as opposed to gastro-pubs, and are great places for slowly meandering to and from on a lazy Sunday. There are dozens of pubs further afield that we can recommend, including some real gems serving top quality beers and ciders from Herefordshire, and we'll happily make some suggestions to match your plans for your stay.