A NUMBER of Herefordshire pubs are listed in the latest edition of The Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide.

A total of 26 watering holes make the list from all corners of the county, including four in Hereford. Nine breweries are also mentioned. 

Below are just some of the pubs.


Crown Inn, Dilwyn

Hereford Times:

Herefordshire’s first community-owned pub was originally a black-and-white coaching inn, before the lovely village was bypassed. The 17th-century building has been altered, although many beams remain visible in the two bars. 

Major's Arms, Halmonds Frome

An isolated hillside pub near Bromyard that used to be a cider mill, the Major's Arms has a main bar with stone walls and a large wood burner that is always alight in the winter. An archway leads through to another drinking area, while outside is an extensive terrace on two levels from which there are superb views. 

The Barrels, Hereford

Hereford Times: The Barrels. Photo: The Seed Group

A CAMRA Pub of the Year winner seven times, this popular pub attracts plenty of punters. Despite there being no food, there are bags of character across five rooms. A covered courtyard to the rear hosts a charity beer and music festival each October. Regular events include jazz evenings of the first Monday of each month, with comedy nights held on some Wednesdays.

The Vaga Tavern, Hereford

Hereford Times:

The only pub in the southside of Hereford, the Vaga is a true community venue. Acquired by Wye Valley brewery, it consists of two spacious rooms and a skittle alley, with a large garden that includes a children's play area. Activities include regular live music, skittles and darts matches.

Olde Tavern, Kington

Once called the Railway Tavern (the railway closed in the 1950s), and before that the Tavern in the Fields, this pub is a 'living, breathing Victorian timewarp'. In the lobby there is an original serving hatch, while there is also a small bar with original timber work, bench and alcove seating. 

Feather's Hotel, Ledbury

Hereford Times:

An elegant black-and-white Elizabethan coaching inn, one of the flagship hotels for the county, the Feathers has recently benefited from a major refurbishment. Features inside this fine Grade II*-listed building include a function room that was once the town theatre, and hand-painted murals in the upstairs corridors. 

Sun Inn, Leintwardine

One of the last parlour pubs, this truly is a local treasure. In 2009, the pub was saved following a CAMRA-led campaign. The parlour remains untouched in homage to Flossie Lane, a landlady who ran the club for an astonishing 74 years. A pavilion-style extension is at the rear overlooking the garden.

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Chequers, Leominster

Hereford Times:

Probably the oldest pub in the town, with a fine timber-framed façade and interesting protruding gables.A wonderful front bar was at one time two bars, but still has much charm, with a tiled floor, original fireplace, timbers and cosy window alcoves.

Moon Inn, Mordiford

This comfortable half-timbered two-bar village inn started life as a farmhouse over 400 years ago. Popular with locals and with families visiting from Hereford, it benefits from its proximity to the Mordiford Loop – a well-known local walk – as well as the rivers Lugg and Wye.

Tap House, Ross-on-Wye

Opened in 2018, this micropub occupies what was, until 1965, the brewery tap for Alton Court brewery. It serves six real ales, mainly from its own Motley Hog brewery, as well as from other small breweries further afield. Meals consist mainly of wraps and burgers. 

Oak Inn, Staplow

Hereford Times:

A stylishly renovated and well-run roadside country inn offering exceptional food, good beer and quality accommodation. A contemporary public area neatly divides into three – a reception bar area with modern sofas and low tables, a snug, and a main dining area featuring an open kitchen. In August, former Red Dwarf and Coronation Street actor Craig Charles had lunch at the pub.

Red Lion Inn, Cradley

A survivor of multiple floods, this pub on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border is as popular with out-of-town diners as it is with locals. It is characterised by modern flagstone floors, wood panelling, bare brick walls, cosy window alcoves, and a large fireplace with a woodburner.