The Green Cafe at Dinham Bridge is one of the most atmospheric places to eat in Ludlow. The dramatic location, with Ludlow Castle towering above on one side and the wooded cliffs of Whitcliffe Common on the other, with the Teme opening out as it goes over the weir and under the bridge, as a backdrop for you lunch is just one reason to get yourself down there. The food, which has always been excellent but is now being being cooked by the talented lot from Shrewsbury’s excellent CSONS, is another.
Here’s some stunning drone footage taken by Still Droning On from Flounders’ Folly on Wenlock Edge. It gives an idea of the beautiful landscape we are lucky enough to call home in Corvedale and the Shropshire Hills. It’s a lovely walk up to the Folly from Callow Hill, a short drive from Sutton Court Farm.
There are so many brilliant producers of food and drink around Ludlow and the Shropshire in general. Here’s another example – Rhubarb Ketchup from the Ludlow Street Kitchen. Sounds weird but it’s great with sausages or even smoked mackerel. Get yours from the Broad Bean deli on Broad Street in Ludlow.
South Shropshire has some of the best (and least ridden) mountain bike trails in the country. From Sutton Court farm you are within a half hour drive of excellent single track riding at Bringewood and the Mortimer Forest just outside Ludlow, Bucknell, Bury Ditches and the home of mountain biking in Shropshire, Hopton Wood. MBR magazine reviewed the trail at Hopton on the website this month.
Start of the Salop Sludger yesterday morning. 100 hardy folk about to set off on a 40k (mostly) off road bike ride around Clun in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance. Well done to all those who got round the course (and indeed those who, like myself, didn’t quite). Great fun all round and bring on the next one!
I braved the wind to get this 360 panorama of the iron age hill fort of Nordy Bank. It lies within the Liberty Clee common outside Clee St Margaret and is a great place to visit from Sutton Court Farm.
Happy New Year from all of us at Sutton Court Farm, it’s been quite a year! We have said goodbye to our last guests for while as we have closed down for a complete refurbishment of the cottages. Look out for updates here – we are looking to re-open on May 1st 2018. In the meantime you can book online through our new availability and booking calendar at www.suttoncourtfarm.co.uk/availability, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunrise over the Clee Hills this morning. This picture was taken outside Stanton Lacey village hall. All three peaks resplendent in their snowy coats. Brown Clee, the highest point in Shropshire is to the left, Titterstone Clee with it’s distinctive flat top in the middle and Ludlow hiding away behind the hill to the right. You can walk or cycle up the hill through Haytons Bent from Sutton Court Farm to get to this view, fantastic at any time of the year. A steep climb, but worth it
Great day at the Ludlow Medieval Festival yesterday. Many thirsts were slaked upon the mead. Sutton Court Farm were lucky enough to host some of the talented musicians and technical staff who make this event such a success, including medieval brass band Baggshotte Waytes. Thanks to musical director Paul Saunders aka Hurdy Gurdy supremo Wyndbagge for the tickets!