Dorstone's Front Room
At the heart of the Dorstone community
Welcome to DFR
Dorstone’s Front Room (DFR) began life in 2008 when the village of Dorstone was informed that we would lose our small rural post office. For Dorstonians, the loss of our post office was a blow. Like many rural communities, the post office was the daytime hub of the village. It served as meeting place, information centre, last minute gift resource, and social glue.
So, we set out to replace what we were losing. With the help of over twenty-five village volunteers and a number of terrific funding resources DFR has become a key part of our rural life and a unique place to share a taste of what it’s like to live in our beautiful rural community.
Today DFR‘s team of committed volunteers continues to keep us at the heart of our vibrant community.
Tea & Snacks
DFR offers a cozy setting for teas, coffees and local cakes every day that we are open. Please join us whenever you want a little break from your everyday hustle and bustle!
At the end of every week, we host our regionally famous Bacon Butty Fridays with the best bacon buttys for miles around served from 10:00 – 12:00.
Gallery & Crafts
Out Post Gallery @ DFR maintains a regular collection of high quality crafts by very local artists. We regularly have prints and local photos, cards and postcards, ceramics, wood-craft, glass art, jewelry and forestry products (willow, baskets, etc.).
Our Artist-of-the-Month exhibits in the main area of the Front Room.
DFR is a registered Tourist Information site. We can provide:
- Local Walking Maps
- General Area Information
- Information on local Pubs and Accommodation
- Local Family History Links
and other useful support for visitors. Visitors are welcome to use our car park as a walking/cycling base and DFR is happy to open to accommodate post walk/cycle refreshment.
DFR only operates thanks to the hard, dedicated work of our marvellous volunteers. This dedication was recognised by Her Majesty in 2006 when we were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups.
Why not join the team?
Volunteering at DFR is fun – whether it’s a quiet day with one or two local residents lingering for a long chat and a go at our always-on puzzle, or one of DFR’s famous manic days with visitors, the crochet group and food deliveries. Volunteers generally serve one 4-hour session every two weeks. We welcome “regulars” as well as “irregulars” to fill in the gaps. Please contact Gill if you are interested in volunteering.
Dorstone’s Front Room is located in the village of Dorstone in the Golden Valley of western Herefordshire.
Dorstone’s Front Room
The Village Shop
Herefordshire, HR3 6AN
We’re open 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. We are delighted to schedule additional openings for groups and regularly welcome walking groups, cycling groups and riding groups as well as clubs and private gatherings.