I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it increasingly more difficult to come up with unique gifts to buy my friends and family for Christmas each year! With less than 2 weeks to go, I have rounded up a list of last minute gift ideas for foodies from 10 independents based in Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Look out for the special offers or discounts highlighted with some of these gifts, which are exclusive to The Foodie Card.
1. Champagne from Bottles Wine Bar & Merchants, Worcester
The Foodie Card offer – 10% off food & drink bill OR a free Camembert to share when you spend over £15 on food (Sun-Fri).
Bottles pride themselves with their unique offering which combines a wine bar with a wine shop in the heart of Worcester. Knowledgeable staff can offer advice on your purchase whether you’re new to the world of wine or more of a connoisseur. Wine tasting, via their WineEmotion machine is fun and great for parties.
For champagne lovers why not treat them to a Moet & Chandon Imperial Rose Champagne Daring Suit Edition 75cl – £44.99 or a Veuve Clicquot Rose shopping bag (75cl) – £39.99.
Pop in or call on 01905 747919 to reserve a bottle.
2. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at The Riverside Inn, Aymestrey
The Foodie Card offer – 10% off food (Mon to Thurs) / 25% of the discounted dinner, bed and breakfast rate (Mon to Thurs) until End of Feb 2019.
Hereford Times winners of Best Restaurant/Dining Pub and Food & Drink Business of the year 2018, The Riverside Inn Aymestrey is the perfect retreat for foodies to unwind in the New Year. Buy a gift voucher and take advantage of the discounted dinner, bed & breakfast rate with The Foodie Card.
3. A Place at Piston Gin School, Worcester
The Foodie Card offer – £10 discount if you book 2 places sharing a station (applies per booking) or £30 discount if you book one place per station onto the gin school.
Piston Distillery was founded in 2018 by Nick Weatherall, fascinated by the story of gin and convinced there was a better flavour to be discovered, he was compelled to create his own. The distillery, set in the re-tasked royal porcelain works, currently produces 4 varieties of Gin, with plans for a vodka and some seasonal special editions.
If that’s not exciting enough, there’s also a gin school that’s hosts up to 18 people giving you the opportunity to create your very own Gin. Take advantage of The Foodie Card offer and treat someone to the ultimate gin lovers gift this Christmas.
4. Burger Lovers Sauces Gift Collection from The Beefy Boys
The Foodie Card offer – 10% off the food bill.
Buy all 3 of The Beefy Boys’ infamous sauces in a cool collection box… the perfect stocking filler gift for the burger lover in your life (or treat yourself). The collection box is £12 and includes; Butty Bach BBQ Sauce; Ronalds Revenge and Zomby Juice. The Beefy Boys also sell the sauces separately, as well as their iconic logo t-shirt, cap, stickers and more in their online shop.
5. Wine Tasting Event at Astley Vineyard, nr. Stourport-on-Severn
The Foodie Card offer – 20% off any wine bought in December 18 and January 19.
Dating back to 1971, Astley Vineyard is one of the UK’s oldest, producing c.9000 bottles of high quality wine each year. You can book a tour with tasting or purchase from the online shop and keep an eye on the website for other events at their Hampstall Lane, Stourport on Severn base. They are also an official stockist of Dartington Crystal. Wine Tasting & Tour vouchers will commence from spring 2019 and can be purchased for £20 per person online as a gift.
6. Afternoon Tea at Leonards at 39 Cocktail Lounge, Ross-on-Wye
The Foodie Card offer – 20% off afternoon tea for two making it £23.92 (usual price £29.90 and only 1 card per couple needs to be presented).
As individual restauranteurs the Leonards have joined forces to open their first cocktail lounge at 39 high street Ross On Wye. The stunning interior design has restored this grade 2 listed building to its former glory, creating an elegant but casual drinking & dining experience. Leonards’ unique style of afternoon tea is the perfect Christmas gift and treat for any occasion. An alternative selection of sweet and savoury with locally roasted James Gourmet Coffee or organic tea leaves.
7. Tickets to Worcester Gin Festival Hosted By Tonic Bar
The Foodie Card offer – Buy any double Gin & receive the tonic for free at Tonic Craft Beer & Cocktail Bar.
The Worcester Gin Festival is back at The Guildhall in Worcester on May Bank Holiday weekend (4-5th May 2019). Hosted by Tonic Bar, The Gin Festival tickets are now on sale at £16.58 each and would make a great gift for gin lovers. Guests will be treated to a comprehensive experience with the opportunity to learn about the history of gin and tasting from a choice of 100 different gins. Attractions will include gin cocktail demonstrations, presentations, meet the distillers, live music & DJ’s throughout the weekend.
Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
8. Mixed Case of Bottled Ales from Swan Brewery, Leominster
The Foodie Card offer – Buy a mixed case of 12 bottled ales for £21 (normally £24). Expires 31st January 2019.
Founder Jimmy Swan has been hand brewing all of his ales in small batches for over 20 years at Swan Brewery. You’ll find these local ales in pubs across the three counties and little further afield in Powys. The onsite Leominster shop is open on Fridays (between 9am-4pm) where you can pick up a range of presentation packs, mini casks and polypins. Beer lovers…what are you waiting for?!
9. Book a Class at Cookmate Cookery School, Worcester
The Foodie Card offer – 10% off cookery classes booked online or in store (enter code TheWFoodieCardTen!). The Foodie Card must be presented on arrival.
Based above the Cookmate shop on Broad Street you’ll find the Cookmate Cookery School where you can learn new cookery skills and techniques. The kitchens are designed to give students a relaxed learning environment with the best equipment to utilise. Courses include dinner party skills, quick and easy suppers, best of British, world cuisine, fish filleting and knife skills. Pick a course, or dine in and hear the chef explain the skills used, book a party or hire the venue. A must for people who want to cook and learn at the same time.
Click here to view forthcoming classes and to book.
10. Gift Wrapped Bespoke Hampers from The Nest, Ledbury
The Foodie Card offer – 10% off food & drink in the cafe.
You’ll find The Nest at Little Verzons Farm on the Hereford Road, Ledbury. It’s an independent cafe & shop, and home to The Handmade Scotch Egg Company. In addition to some 40 different types of scotch egg, you can also choose from a wide range of sandwiches, quiches, soups, salads, sharing plates and egg dishes such as omelettes and eggs benedict. Great coffee, tea and cakes are also on offer at this relaxed and friendly cafe.
Pop in to The Nest and choose the items from the shop you’d like to include and pick the type / size of your hamper.
Treat yourself and a friend or loved one to The Foodie Card this Christmas and you can enjoy exclusive offers at all 180+ foodie independents, including those listed in this article. Buy the card now for £15 (or two for £25) for year-long savings whilst supporting local.
Click here for more information and to buy the card.