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See In 2018 – The Herefordshire Way

Herefordshire is, at long last, being recognised as a favourite foodie destination. Not only does it produce world-renowned beef and cider, there are lots of artisan producers and boutique restaurants throughout the county gaining a reputation at a national level too, together with specialist outlets and farm shops. The Castle House Hotel in the heart…

Herefordshire’s Own Hampton Court

Everyone knows Henry VIII’s famous palace and garden that sits in splendour by the River Thames near London. However, few people are aware that there’s an equally as splendid Hampton Court Castle hidden away in the heart of Herefordshire that’s even older than it’s better-known namesake.    A Grade 1listed building just outside Leominster, Herefordshire’s…

Recipes from Feli’s Bar & Restaurant

We’ve been going BBQ bonkers down at Certainly Wood HQ lately, courtesy of the recent burst of knock-out weather we’ve had. However, our culinary skills extend to a few sausages and burgers most of the time. But what do proper chefs cook on the BBQ? Over the Malvern Hills and not far away (well, in…

Hay Festival

Running from the 25th May to 4th June, the Hay Festival is one of the biggest book events in the UK. The main festival takes place in Hay-on-Wye, a mere 15 miles down the road from Certainly Wood HQ, but we were surprised to learn that the organisation behind it has also created more than…

Perfect Pitch

Here at Certainly Wood we love nothing better than to find local businesses who share our passion for the great outdoors. Our latest discovery is www.olproshop.com – a family-run business based in neighbouring Worcestershire, who describe what they do as ‘colourful and technical camping and caravanning gear designed for the Great British Outdoors’.  We asked…

Herefordshire’s Home-grown Festival

Nozstock – The Hidden Valley is a family-run, family-friendly and home-made festival set within a working farm in stunning rural Herefordshire. Father and daughter, Noz and Ella, curate one of the country’s most charming and beguiling festivals, surrounded by the endless rolling hills of Herefordshire.   They have created a world away from reality –…

Great Food Made Snappy

It’s no easy thing to photograph food and make it look both tasty and artistic at the same time. Herefordshire-based creative food and lifestyle photographers Photopia are amongst the best, which is why we love working with them here at Certainly Wood. Trying to find Photopia’s studios requires nerves of steel and a reliable satnav as…

Red Wines by the Fire

Despite spring being little more than a month away, the winter weather seems to be a permanent fixture at the moment. What better way to forget the rain at night than by closing the curtains, cosying up to a roaring fire and enjoying a rather nice glass of red wine – very hygge and perfect…

All That Glitters

Continuing our regular look at local businesses, Certainly Wood paid a visit to the lovely ladies at Henryka, an Aladdin’s cave of jewellery that draws much of its inspiration from nature. As well as selling online, they have a shop in the heart of Hereford. PR Manager Karen Amos takes up the story: How did…

What’s with Wassailing?

If the January blues have started to set in now that the Christmas and New Year’s festivities are over and done with, then a quick wassail might be just what you need to perk you up. So, grab a bowl full of mead, a group of friends and head for your nearest orchard on Twelfth…

Why You Should Hug Your Christmas Tree

If you’ve not got your Christmas tree up, decorated and a photo of your masterpiece posted on Facebook, what have you been doing? There’s still plenty of time until the big day and, If you’re like us traditionalists here at Certainly Wood, nothing but the real thing will do – artificial trees just don’t create…

The Morris Men

Take a stroll through the heart of Hereford and you’ll no doubt pass a glorious black-and-white building that would look very much at home on the set of a BBC period drama. The Tudor building is home to Philip Morris and Son, a wonderfully eclectic emporium that is run by John Jones and his brother…

Bring Home the Herefordshire Beef with The Beefy Boys

Herefordshire seems to be inspiring hoards of young foodie entrepreneurs. We told you about The Shack Revolution a few months ago and this month we’re chatting with The Beefy Boys, another of Certainly Wood’s favourite haunts which is also based in our county town. The Beefy Boy’s themselves take up the story. How did it get…

Into The Woods – The Family Who Love Logs

John Weaver & Sons is a timber haulage company that has grown up alongside Certainly Wood. We caught up with one of the aforementioned sons, Alan Weaver, to find out a little bit more about the business and how it’s developed. Where is John Weaver & Sons based? We’re in a small Herefordshire village called…

Made in Herefordshire Cookbook

Photographers Rebecca and Simon Wild are well known to Certainly Wood customers as they are responsible for lots of the wonderful images that grace the pages of our website. Their first love is food photography and the pair produce exceptional images from their rural Herefordshire studio. Their passion for food led them to putting together…

The Old House, Hereford

In the heart of pedestrian Hereford at the end of Market Place Square within an area known as High Town, is a rickety old half-timbered Jacobean building. It looks as if it’s been left there by accident, standing on its own as it does amongst the hustle and bustle of retail life. Built in 1621,…

The Great British Florist

Based in Herefordshire, The Great British Florist grew from the splendidly named Wiggly Wigglers, an ethical birdseed and composting business run from a working farm. Heather Gorringe, the entreprenuer behind The Great British Florist, explains how it came into being and continues to be successful. When the recession hit, we had to take a long…

Chasing Potatoes

Q&A with William and James Chase Will Chase’s story is an earthy tale of a maverick farmer who works hard, sells well, and then starts all over again to create a second international brand setting new benchmarks for quality and pedigree. Herefordshire-based Tyrrell’s crisps (named after Will’s family farm) were created in 2002 and expanded…

The Shack Revolution

Whilst brothers Rich and James Manning are at the forefront of Herefordshire business The Shack Revolution, it’s very much a family affair with their parents, uncle and even dogs Rupert & Bear all part of the team. The Shack Revolution began as a Shack Bar on wheels, constructed from wood and clad in corrugated steel.…