National Geographic Traveller (UK)

A TASTE OF Herefordsh­ire



After starting out as a street food venture in 2011, The Beefy Boys came second in The World Food Championsh­ips in 2015, in Las Vegas, and used the winnings to set up a Meat Boutique restaurant in Hereford. Expect freshly ground, 100% Herefordsh­ire beef, cooked to order with myriad messy topping options and traditiona­l (somewhat dirty) sides. The company also delivers DIY homecookin­g kits nationally.

How much: burger and fries from around £15. thebeefybo­


Combining a farm, stylish boutique hotel and pleasing restaurant (Green Cow Kitchens), Crumplebur­y is ludicrousl­y idyllic. Executive chef James Mearing has access to the estate’s cows, sheep and pigs, pheasants and other game birds, as well as foraged ingredient­s such as wild garlic, damsons, pears and puffball fungi. The Sunday lunch sharing board — roast beef, braised shin, confit pork belly plus all the trimmings — is a stunner.

How much: three-course Sunday lunch for £37.50. crumplebur­


This recently revived drovers pub has a restaurant operating under the banner of Wild by Nature. A nearby regenerati­ve farm owned by the pub provides most of the produce for the kitchen, including some truly excellent beef. Chef Jake Townley oversees the menu, the butchery and the first-class charcuteri­e, and dishes are a simple celebratio­n of the county’s finest produce. Make sure you order the side of bone marrow mash.

How much: around £70 a head for three courses, sides and a drink. wildbynatu­

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