Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Ludlow
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Ludlow restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 11 restaurants in Ludlow and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Ludlow restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Ludlow Restaurants
1. The Clive Restaurant with Rooms British, Modern restaurant in Ludlow Bromfield - SY8
This comfy B&B in a Georgian House (with 17 bedrooms) is one of the better places to stay in this foodie corner of Shropshire, a short drive from Ludlow. Limited feedback on the seasonal cuisine served in its dining room, but such as there is says it’s good all-round.
2. The Charlton Arms British, Modern restaurant in Ludlow Ludford Bridge - SY8
“The views from the window tables overlooking the river are stunning” at Cedric (brother of Claude) Bosi and his wife Amy’s well-established inn, on the Ludford Bridge (and with outdoor seating). Its gastrofare provides “a high standard of preparation and presentation” and “is reasonably priced, as are the wines”. “Well-kept real ales” too.
3. Pizza Ten Pizza restaurant in Ludlow 2b Quality Square - SY8
2019 Review: “Simple, fresh and so, so tasty pasta and pizza – perfect in all ways”, say fans of this independent pizzeria in foodie Ludlow, whose toppings show an unusual level of sophistication. “They just do everything right”.
4. Mortimers British, Modern restaurant in Ludlow 17 Corve St - SY8
“The food can be exceptional”, while “service is spot-on without being overbearing and condescending” in chef Wayne Smith’s oak-panelled dining room – a lingering taste of Ludlow’s former heyday as a gastronomic destination. The cuisine may not quite match the heights of Claude Bosi’s late, lamented Hibiscus, which used to occupy the same premises – but “it is certainly value for money”.
5. CSONS at The Green Cafe British, Modern restaurant in Ludlow Dinham Millennium Green - SY8
Maybe avoid the culinary fireworks for which this foodie town is known, and head to this gorgeously situated café, with a “really nice outdoor space” near the River Teme and beneath the walls of Ludlow Castle. Run by local food heroes, the Crouch brothers (who also operate in Shrewsbury) it provides tea, coffee, cakes, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday night.
6. The Cliffe at Dinham restaurant in Ludlow 6 Halton Lane - SY8
2021 Review: Just across the River Teme from Ludlow Castle, a short walk from Dinham Bridge, this small hotel incorporates a conservatory restaurant extension with garden views, and terrace for the summer. Reviews of Ian Pugh’s modernised but relatively traditional cooking are very positive: “consistently delivering a good quality dining experience, with an imaginatively presented, seasonal menu”.
7. Old Downton Lodge British, Traditional restaurant in Ludlow Downton on the Rock - SY8
“Absolutely lovely surroundings, worth a 6/5 for ambience!” – this medieval-to-Georgian country house with its own cider press, just outside Ludlow, is a “glorious” setting for newly installed chef Nick Bennett’s “tip-top”, “creative, inventive and delicious” cooking; and his “set menus offer just enough choice over a 3-night stay”. Pippa & Willem Vlok are “such friendly owners”.
8. The Stockton Cross British, Modern restaurant in Leominster Kimbolton - HR6
2021 Review: Between Ludlow and Leominster, this sixteenth-century, black and white pub was taken over and revamped in spring 2018. Feedback on the new regime is too limited as yet for a full rating, but all of it is upbeat.
9. Pensons at Netherwood Estate British, Modern restaurant in Stoke Bliss Netherwood Estate, Pensons Yard - WR15
A “delicious spot in the Herefordshire undergrowth” that’s “well worth a detour” – Peta Darnley “has created something really special with innovative, seasonal, regional fare” served in a converted barn on her family’s Netherwood Estate – earning a “very rare Michelin Green star for sustainability” – while head chef Chris Simpson (ex-Nathan Outlaw and Gidleigh Park) “conjures delicate flavours from local ingredients, many grown in their own kitchen garden, that build in intensity throughout the meal”.
10. The Baiting House at Upper Sapey British, Modern restaurant in Upper Sapey Stourport Road - WR6
2022 Review: Rescued by local regulars from the threat of demolition six years ago, this 200-year-old former drovers’ pub (‘bait’ as in ‘bite’ or ‘snack’) is now an upmarket pub-with-rooms on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border, serving food of a “consistently high standard”. “The lamb dishes are particularly delicious” (Kate Lane, one of the co-owners, farms sheep). Building on their success here, Kate and her lawyer husband Andrew Cornthwaite now have a growing collection of reinvigorated village pubs.
11. Stagg Inn British, Modern restaurant in Titley
“Consistently good unpretentious food” has long been the hallmark of this country inn on an old drivers’ route. Steve & Nicola Reynolds retired last year after more than two decades and it’s now “settling down under the new ownership” of London-born hospitality veteran Muralidhar Shanmugam, known as ‘Shan’ – and “the food is still first class”. Top Menu Tip – “unbeatable bread and butter pudding”.
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