Travel feature in The Guardian branded Ross-on-Wye "over cute"

Hereford Times: Ross-on-Wye saw itself at the centre of a debate following an article in The Guardian. Ross-on-Wye saw itself at the centre of a debate following an article in The Guardian.

A NATIONAL newspaper feature on Ross-on-Wye has provoked a fierce debate on the good and bad points of the town.

The Guardian asked anyone living in Ross to join an online discussion following a travel feature in its Saturday magazine.

According to the paper, Ross is the gateway for countless pleasure boats, craning necks and sharp, middle-class elbows and has a “strange, old-fashioned air”.

Reporter Tom Dychkhoff claimed the town is the granddaddy of Ludlow, Burford and “all of those over-cute market towns lusted over in Country Life.”

He also states that Ross could do with new blood and there is a lot of mediocrity in the town, although tearoom Pots and Pieces was commended for having good cakes.

“Several customers came in over the weekend as a result of reading the article to try the cakes out for themselves and they all agreed they are a bit special,”

said Pots and Pieces proprietor David Bruce.

Other businesses which were commended were organic store Field Fayre and Nepalese restaurant Yaks and Yetis, but according to the paper, there are too many charity shops.

The article led to a number of people commenting on The Guardian’s website, with a mixture of views expressed.

Sam Punn said that she had lived in Ross for nine years and that its lovely mixture of small independent and mainstream shops, affordable mix of housing and a “brilliant” secondary school make it a great place.

But Stephen Thomas Hall said that he was dreading moving to the town soon, while Itchkistitchpipes said that Ross is a “hideously boring town”.

The debate saw councillors Andy Atkinson and Richard Mayo take to their keyboards to stick up for Ross.

Coun Atkinson wrote that it is the perfect place to bring up children and that he would recommend it to anyone for a visit, while Coun Mayo, who runs Truffles Delicatessen, claims that 99 per cent of people love the town.

“Yes we could do with a bigger sports facility, yes we might not have the perfect mix of shops to suit everyone’s shopping requirements and yes we do have the occasional rowdy Friday night,” he wrote.

“But if that is all the criticism that can be levelled at Ross then we’re doing pretty well.

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10:10am Thu 20 Jun 13

mizza21 says...

Sharp middle class elbows ??

I find the good folk of Ross, whilst not salt of the earth working class types, certainly not middle class and elbowy.

When I have been unfortunate enough to have been in Ross during the working day I found myself surrounded by the most grotesque collection of Victorian circus freaks I have ever encountered.
Sharp middle class elbows ?? I find the good folk of Ross, whilst not salt of the earth working class types, certainly not middle class and elbowy. When I have been unfortunate enough to have been in Ross during the working day I found myself surrounded by the most grotesque collection of Victorian circus freaks I have ever encountered. mizza21

6:05pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Gnomie says...

I like Ross, but I'd like it even better if the council did the one thing that might give the town centre a real boost: scrap all car parking charges. That way more shoppers would come in, fewer shops would be empty, the pubs and cafes would earn more revenue and the place would be a bit more prosperous than it is now. Over to you Messrs Atkinson and Mayo!
I like Ross, but I'd like it even better if the council did the one thing that might give the town centre a real boost: scrap all car parking charges. That way more shoppers would come in, fewer shops would be empty, the pubs and cafes would earn more revenue and the place would be a bit more prosperous than it is now. Over to you Messrs Atkinson and Mayo! Gnomie

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