Temple Bar Inn
The Temple Bar Inn’s weekly changing restaurant menu reflects the ethos of the staff team, who aim to provide customers with consistently good food that is seasonal, locally produced wherever possible, and freshly prepared.
First licensed in the 1850s, the inn has also been used as a courthouse, corn exchange, and stable. Previous innkeepers claim to have seen ghosts of a boy and a dog, and the land on which it is built may have links to the Knights Templars.
Located in the centre of Ewyas Harold village, the inn is ideally situated for walkers, cyclists, and visitors exploring the Black Mountains, Offa’s Dyke, and the Golden Valley. It is on the Ramblers’ Association’s Herefordshire Trail.
Sympathetically refurbished, its atmosphere is welcoming. Owners the Jinman family manage it as a freehouse, with three ensuite B&B rooms. Coffee, tea and homemade cakes are served here as well as local beverages, including Butty Bach from the Wye Valley Brewery, and two changing guest ales. There is a select wine list. As well as an evening restaurant menu, bar meals are served at lunchtimes and early evenings, and the inn’s reputation for delicious Sunday lunches is growing rapidly.
The Temple Bar Inn is one of only a handful of restaurants in Herefordshire to have achieved two AA rosettes for culinary excellence. It has also recently won Visit Herefordshire’s Best Accommodation Award for Excellence 2016, as well as being highly commended in the Best Eating Out category.
Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
By Ian Cooke, Herefordshire & Worcestershire editor