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Herefordshire high-end wedding venue to host show with celebrities

OWNERS of a high-end restaurant, music and events venue in Herefordshire will host several celebrity events.

Taking place at the Three Counties Showground, the Malvern Autumn Show is a three day food and farming event.

From giant veggies to RHS floral arrangements, vintage machinery to food and drink, and the chance to meet popular farm animals, it’s a much-anticipated fixture on the county’s rural calendar.

This year, Crumplebury’s Creative Director Keeley Evans and Executive Chef James Mearing are starring in the show, which runs Friday 23rd September through Sunday 25th September.

Crumplebury, near Bromyard


Ms Evans, who designed the contemporary space at Crumplebury – a stunning venue and fine dining restaurant with rooms in Whitbourne – and is Keeley Evans Design Lead, was invited to design the Garden Theater stage.

Featuring their sustainability-inspired space set of vintage farm equipment planted with seasonal greenery, vegetables and woodland finds from the Whitbourne Estate, celebrities including TV’s Nicki Chapman, Escape to the Country’s Jules Hudson and Gold Medal-winning garden designer Adam Frost will be featured by RHS Chelsea do it Meet to discuss everything from flower bulbs and spring planning to perennial planting plans.

In the Kitchen Theater James is joined by MasterChef’s John Torode, Suki Pantal from Jamie Oliver’s Great Cookbook Challenge, River Cottage’s Mark Diacono and Great British Bake-Off’s Chigs Parmar.

Ms Evans, who runs Crumplebury with her husband Joe, said she was thrilled to design the Garden Theater Stage and it was an honor to bring Crumplebury to the show.

Hereford Times: James Mearing, Executive Chef at CrumpleburyJames Mearing, Executive Chef at Crumplebury


“I hope to blur the lines between inside and outside – similar to the design at Crumplebury.

“I worked with Jon Wheatley who planted some huge old farm troughs I found on the property and we filled old Herefordshire apple crates with apples, squashes and squashes.

“I love taking farm scraps and making a feature out of it.

“I will create a cozy lounge interior with comfortable sofas, lamps and area rugs and throws and I have pressed and framed wild meadow flowers which I will hang next to a painting of Bill Evans, my father-in-law on the back wall.”

For all three days, Mr Mearing will be preparing seasonal dishes inspired by organic meats raised on Crumplebury’s home farm.


The 1,500 hectare Whitbourne Estate on which Crumplebury is based is home to a game hunt and herds of Shorthorn, Saler and Hereford cattle, as well as Lleyn sheep and Gloucester Old Spot and Tamworth hogs.

A productive kitchen garden provides salads, root vegetables, squash, onions, collards, beans and more, as well as Old English apples, all found on gourmet restaurant Green Cow Kitchens’ tasting menus.

“Our menus celebrate the season each month – what tastes best on the local farm and estate,” said Mr. Mearing.

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