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Very attractively converted from an old farm with barns and a mill, this restaurant-with-rooms a short drive from Ludlow has its sights set high when it comes to the high quality of its cuisine, and Karl Martin’s cooking – awarded a rare four rosettes by the AA – “shows a high degree of skill without confronting diners with too many tastes”. One or two reporters find the experience too costly, but all rate the victuals here as good or better.
“The big investment in all aspects of the operation backed up by a really friendly team is now paying off” at this attractive hotel (converted from ancient barns and a former cider mill) where the dining room feels positively baronial. As well as six-course and nine-course tasting menus, chef Karl Martin also provides a simpler ‘Market Menu’ option.
A short drive from Ludlow, this attractive hotel occupies ancient barns and an old cider mill, and its medieval hall-like dining room offers six- or nine-course menus from chef Karl Martin. All-in-all, it wins praise for “people who really care about what they do, and do it well”.
The dining room is in its pomp when set out for a party of eighteen, but it is equally atmospheric when laid out with tables of two or four. It has the feel of a grand medieval hall. In fact, it was built around the time of the Norman conquest, but do those small triangular windows suggest a more prosaic history? What you probably won’t see is the kitchen, where Head Chef Karl Martin is paring down the choice of stunning fresh local produce – there’s so much to choose from.
Karl produces a 6 or 9 course tasting menu for which he draws inspiration from local produce when he visits the Market and from his foraging expeditions in the Herefordshire countryside. Dinner is available on Tuesday to Saturday night only, between 6pm and 9pm. We will send you the menu in the week before your stay.
We do need 24 hours notice for Dinner Reservations but do call as we sometimes have space last minute.
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
Organise a “House Party” with a difference!
Exclusive use at Old Downton Lodge gives you plenty of room for your imagination to run riot!
You may choose a sedate dinner party with fine dining and exceptional wines: Enjoy aperitifs in the courtyard, before “lording it” in the dramatic dining hall and then retiring to the lounge for after dinner drinks and relaxed conversation long into the night. No doubt you will be basking in the glory of compliments from guests impressed by your choice of venue and the unique style of their luxury bedrooms!
If you want something a little different, then Old Downton Lodge can provide oodles of inspiration – there’s room for string quartets, jazz combos or mobile casinos and if your guests are the outdoor type then why not organise a clay pigeon shoot, a country walk or an off-road experience?
We now hold a Licence for Civil Ceremonies in the Dining Room or Museum Room. Intimate wedding parties are becoming ever more popular.
The chance to celebrate in style with close friends and family, where the sense of occasion is created by the quality of the event rather than the number of guests.
Owners Willem and Pippa know how to organise weddings: they made their reputation organising some of the regions grandest receptions and now they use their experience to bring the same high standards and attention to detail to exclusive weddings at the Lodge.
Self contained and away from the crowds, book Old Downton Lodge for exclusive use - it provides a wonderful canvas to plan a perfect wedding.
The courtyard and stunning scenery leaves photographers spoilt for choice.
The Sitting room and museum provide dramatic and spacious backdrops in which to entertain your guests – not to mention lots of inspiration for you to organise floral displays and bespoke decorations to ensure that your wedding really does reflect your own personality.
The dining hall combines drama and grandeur with an intimate feel – perfectly proportioned to entertain up to 45 guests in real style. Karl, our Head Chef can create fantastic menus that will impress even the most discerning diner.
At the end of a perfect day, you can rest content knowing that each of your guests has retired to a luxurious bedroom that is unique and full of character.
Old Downton Lodge Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Imaginative food, well served and in beautifully restored rooms. Lovely garden and very high standard bedrooms.."
"This was our 3rd visit to Old Downton Lodge, and we will be going again. The food is exceptional and the intimate but not stuffy atmosphere just adds to the experience. I would recommend this to anyone especially if you want to try something a bit different. We have had both taster menus and the market menu and stayed overnight on all 3 visits. Well done to Willem, Karl and all the staff - this a a real gem"
Downton on the Rock, Ludlow, SY8 2HU
|Monday||5 pm-8:30 pm|
|Tuesday||6 pm-8:30 pm|
|Wednesday||6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||6:30 pm-10 pm|
|Sunday||5 pm-8:30 pm|