The Buttercross, Ludlow
Ludlow, Historic and Vibrant
Ludlow combines the best of the past and the present. As well as being steeped in history it is has a deserved reputation as foodie destination. Here are some of our personal recommendations:
Founded by William De Lacy in the wake of the Norman conquest in 1066, Ludlow castle is one of the finest in the country. It was the headquarters of the Council of the Marches founded by Edward the IV in the 15th century to administer Wales and the border counties. Henry VII’s son Arthur lived here as Prince of Wales with his new wife Catherine of Aragon. When he fell ill and died in 1502 he was succeeded by his younger brother Henry who took Arthurs widow for his wife. The rest, as they say, is history…
St Laurence Church
Ludlows’ main church is one the best medieval churches in the country and the first thing that many visitors will see when they approach the town. Great views can be seen by climbing the church tower. When the young Prince Arthur died in 1502 his heart was supposedly buried in the church. A small plaque commemorates this.
This tiny museum in above the Buttercross is full of interesting local artefacts and information, as well as affording a great view down Broad Street, one of Ludlows’ most famous streets.
Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs
Blue Boar, 52 Mill Street
A great dog friendly pub on Mill Street, just down from the Market Square. Good value lunches and great atmosphere. Regular events are held in the quirky Sitting Room above the pub.
Smokehouse Deli and Chichetti Bar, 10 Broad Street
This fantastic little cafe and deli is based on the on the traditional ‘bàcari’ bars of Venice. Chicetti are small snacks or side dishes similar to tapas. Specialties include Turkish eggs and anchovies on toast. One of Ludlows’ best kept secrets.
Green Cafe, Mill on the Green
Probably the best place in town to appreciate Ludlow Castle in all its glory as it towers over you from its perch above Dinham Bridge. The Green Cafe is situated on the banks of the river Teme overlooking the weir, and serves fantastic breakfast and lunches from 10 – 4.30 except Mondays. The cafe was recently taken over by CSONS as an addition to their well regarded Shrewsbury restaurant. Their motto is ‘locally sourced, globally inspired’. Have a look at our news section for a sample menu.
Castle Tea Rooms
A great cafe in the grounds of the castle but you can visit without buying a ticket by passing by the ticket office. The principal attraction is the £5 lunch, probably the best value in Ludlow. The chickpea masala is a great option for vegans and vegetarians.
The French Pantry
This popular Ludlow institution serves hearty French cuisine in an atmospheric setting. Go hungry.
This is the best Pizza restaurant in Ludlow in our humble opinion. They have 10 different artisan Pizzas as well as a variety of other mains for those not taken by the round italian icon. A very popular spot so best to book we’ll in advance.
When an Indian is on the cards we’ll usually head to this restaurant on Broad Street.
Thai restaurant situated just off Market Square, with a relaxed al fresco bar at the back of the historic building. Also host regular music nights.
Something of a Ludlow institution, this restaurant serves buffet style food with plenty of choice for vegetarians.
The Dog Hangs Well
By day the headquarters of Son Of Saxon publishers, at night the Dog Hangs Well transforms into an intimate a parlour pub that only serves 3 drinks – beer, cider or soda water. If you’re looking for a Mojito you’d better look elsewhere. It is only open when the light is on outside – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 6-9pm.
Rose and Crown
This hidden gem is tucked away down a cobbled courtyard just past the Market Square. The venue for the South Shropshire Blues Club jam night on the 3rd Friday every other month, and also has regular live music and the Vintage Jazz Revival Band most Tuesdays.
Started in 2006 the Ludlow Brewing Company has fast established itself as one of the regions top beer makers. As well as serving there own excellent range of beers and ales, as well as pork pies and sausages rolls, the Ludlow Brewery is also one of the towns most popular music venues.