The traditional town of Bromyard sits pretty on a hilltop with views of the Black
Mountains, Malvern Hills and Clee Hill. Among its Tudor timber-framed buildings and Georgian
shop fronts, you’ll find cosy cafes, bakeries and butchers, traditional ironmongers, greengrocers
and several pubs. Locals love a bracing walks across the beloved Bromyard Downs and Bringsty Common which provide 500 acres of pristine common land.
Love Your Bromyard Break
The Town of Festivals
The clue is in the name...Bromyard absolutely loves a good festival! Bromyard Folk Festival attracts an international line-up, whilst the Bromyard Speed Festival brings envy-inducing cars to the streets. Meanwhile, Bromyard Gala celebrates rural tradition, from steam engines to heavy horses, and there's also an annual scarecrow festival too. Right at the other end of the spectrum is the boutique independent arts and music festival Nozstock: The Hidden Valley.
Michelin Star & Local Makers
Food and drink fans will already know the name Pensons. It's a stunning Michelin Star, ingredient-led restaurant on the lush Netherwood Estate. In the villages and farmlands all around, you’ll also find a plethora of prestigious food and drink producers. A guided tour of Wye Valley Brewery or Little Pomona Cidery is heartily recommended. And we love nipping to the vending machine at Instone Court Farm to pick up fresh fruit and veg plus local cordials and chutneys. Other homegrown brands to sample include Frome Valley wines, Celtic Marches cider, Mannings Juice and Peter Cooks Bread. And keep an eye out for the hops growing in the fields too.
Rich with History
Above the door of Bromyard’s medieval parish church is a Saxon carving of St Peter holding the keys to heaven, and inside you’ll find a 13th-century stone effigy of a knight. Little details like this - glimpses into history- are abundant in Bromyard and its surrounding villages. From the half timber-framed houses to the farmhouses, fields and stone-floored pubs of Bishops Frome, Bringsty, Pencombe and Cradley, you can feel the rich history of hop-growing and cider-making. At the Heritage Centre in Rowberry Street you’ll find local maps, books and an archive of stories bringing people and places from the past to life.
Explore Near Bromyard
National Trust Brockhampton
A medieval manor and gatehouse, pretty moat and a ruined Norman chapel: Brockhampton has all the makings of a fairytale. The huge estate is criss-crossed with nature trails, passing through woodlands and parkland, plus three permanent orienteering routes. The orchards are the largest cared for by the National Trust, making springtime and autumn visits particularly special.
Moors Meadow Garden
An inspirational seven-acre organic hillside garden complete with a resident blacksmith. There are countless spring bulbs, brimming herbaceous borders, a grass garden, a rhododendron glade, a fernery, a cottage-style garden, a herb garden, and a highly productive kitchen garden. Assorted paths wind through the garden create a sense of surprise.
Get Active near Bromyard
Bromyard is one of the stops on the 150-mile Herefordshire Trail, which takes in high ridges, soft river valleys, and a patchwork of orchards and farmland.