Heart of England 

Vegetarian & vegan accommodation, guesthouse, B&B and eating, café, restaurant in Heart of England

Apart from the West Midlands, the Heart of England has a rural character. The Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire has miles of woodland paths and and abounds in wildlife, while further west are the low hills of the Cotswolds with its picturesque villages and typical stone houses. The city of Gloucester has a magnificent cathedral, and in the spa town of Cheltenham a wealth of Regency houses border elegant squares, crescents and terraces.

Orchards, meadows and hops can be found in Herefordshire. Ross-on-Wye is a modest market town set on a red sandstone cliff above a lovely sweep of the River Wye and the city of Hereford too is edged by the Wye. Its cathedral was founded by King Offa of Mercia, builder of the famous Offa's Dyke, although much of it was added on or restored in later times.

Malvern in Worcestershire, on the eastern slopes of the Malvern Hills, is known for its mineral springs and the ancient cathedral city of Worcester is certainly worth a visit. Walkers will enjoy the hills around Church Stretton in Shropshire, of which Long Mynd is perhaps best known, and fine walks can also he had among the hills of the Caradoc range. Shrewbury is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the country. The church of St Mary's was built around 1200, has a fine stone spire, a 14th-century carved nave roof and lovely stained glass.

Warwickshire is Shakespeare country. Stratford-upon-Avon was his birthplace and he lived there for a considerable part of his life. Once he had achieved fame in London he was able to buy New Place, regarded as the finest house in Stratford. His tomb can be found in Holy Trinity Church and there are many buildings in Stratford with a direct association with Shakespeare, not least his wife's home Anne Hathaway's Cottage. The town of Warwick has a magnificent castle and some medieval houses, although a fire that broke out in the centre of the town in 1694 destroyed more than 250 buildings.

West Midlands is a small 'new' county created out of parts of Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Apart from Coventry, which was devastatingly bombed in World War II and is famous for its modern cathedral, it mainly consists of Britain's second largest city Birmingham. This is an industrial city, but it also has a thriving cultural life, more miles of canals than Venice, the famous Balti triangle where every variety of Indian curry can be found, and the Bull Ring shopping centre. The headquarters of the UK Vegan Society are also in Birmingham.

Gloucestershire

Accommodation

Cheltenham Lawn and Pittville Gallery

tel and fax: 01242 526638, mobile: 07803 331246

5 Pittville Lawn, Cheltenham GL52 2BE

email: anthea.millier@cheltenhamlawn.co.uk

website: www.cheltenhamlawn.co.uk

Cheltenham Lawn and Pittville Gallery - Vegetarian and vegan accommodation, B&B, Guesthouse in Gloucestershire

Regency town house, close to Pittville Park, Pump Room, town centre, racecourse. Recently refurbished, original features, four-poster bed. Conference room, art gallery. Art/textile courses available. Member of the Vegetarian Society’s Food and Drink Guild. Award-winning breakfasts – VisitBritain 4 Star Silver with Breakfast Award. Wireless internet.

The Pittville Gallery is an art gallery on the premises.

Gloucestershire

Eating

Marinades Caribbean Restaurant, Bar and Grill, tel 01242 578811, 56 High Street, Cheltenham GL50 1EE.  
The Organic Farm Shop, tel 01285 640441, Abbey Home Farm, Burford Road, Cirencester GL7 5HF.  
Balti Spice, tel 01453 766454, 17 Gloucester Street, Stroud GL5 1QG.  
Mills Café Bar and Kitchen Shop, tel 01453 752222, Withey’s Yard, High Street, Stroud GL5 1AS.  

Woodruffs Organic Café

tel: 01453 759195, mobile: 07877 819304

24 The High Street, Stroud GL5 1AJ

Britain's first totally organic café, established 1998. Specialising in flavours from around the globe, using fresh and seasonal produce and local suppliers. Outside catering available for Weddings/Events/Conferences/Celebrations/Hen Parties from 10 guests up to 200. www.woodruffsorganiccafe.co.uk, info@woodruffsorganiccafe.co.uk

Herefordshire

Eating

The Pandy Inn, tel 01981 550273, Dorstone, near Hay-on-Wye HR3 6AN.  
Café @ All Saints, tel 01432 370415, All Saints Church, High Street, Hereford HR4 9AA.  

Nutters Café

tel: 01432 277447

Capuchin Yard, Church Street, Hereford HR1 2LR

Delicious home-cooked savoury foods, soups, salads, cakes and scones. Vegan and gluten-free food. Open Mon-Sat 9.30-3.30, closed Bank Holidays. Takeaway available.

Shropshire

Eating

Berry’s Coffee House, tel 01694 724452, 17 High Street, Church Stretton SY6 6BU.  

The Sun Inn

tel: 01584 861239

Corfton, Craven Arms SY7 9DF

Vegan Real Ale at the bar, also in bottles to take home. At least one vegan and three vegetarian meals on offer, at least five gluten-free meals. Award-winning disabled facilities. Website: www.suninncorfton.co.uk.

Olive Branch Restaurant, tel 01584 874314, 2/4 Old Street, Ludlow SY8 1NP.  
The Goodlife Wholefood Restaurant, tel 01743 350455, 73b+c Barracks Passage, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1XA.  

Warwickshire

Eating

The Mayor's Café, tel 02476 640682, Miners welfare park, Rye Piece, Bedworth CV12 8JT.  
Saffron Gold Restaurant, tel 01926 402061, Unit 1 Westgate House, Market Street, Warwick CV34 4DE.  

West Midlands

Eating

Chaophraya, tel 0121 6432424, St Martins Square, 6 Spiceal Street, Bullring, Birmingham B5 4BW.  
Jyoti’s Restaurant, tel 0121 7785501, 1045 Stratford Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8AS.  

Worcestershire

Eating

The Green Dragon, tel 01684 572350, 126 Guarlford Road, Malvern WR14 3QT.  
Lady Foley’s Tea Room, tel 01684 893033, Great Malvern Station, Imperial Road, Malvern WR14 3AU.  
Chesters, tel 01905 611638, 51 New Street, Worcester WR1 2DL.