National Geographic Traveller (UK)
A TASTE OF Herefordshire
THE BEEFY BOYS
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. thebeefyboys.com
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. crumplebury.co.uk
THE BULL’S HEAD
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. wildbynaturellp.com