The Angel Ludlow is set in one of the towns most historic building near the top of Broad Street. Run by the same family who own the excellent Chichetti’s a few doors down, the Angel Ludlow serves fine wine, cheeses and Spanish tapas as well as champagne and cocktails. The building was once a coaching inn offering rooms and stabling for wealthy travellers. A plaque outside the restaurant proudly proclaims the journey to London was made in a record 27 hours! Of course now the journey to London can be done in nearly half that time. Nelson and his mistress Emma Hamilton stayed in the hotel after the victory at the battle of the Nile, and waved from the crowds from the beautiful round bay windows that overlook Broad Street.
Of course the reason people visit today is for the fantastic food and drink. Specialities include Patatas Bravas, Burrata, Albondigas and Iberico Pork Paella. They have an extensive wine list and a sommelier on hand to help you with the selection.
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Broad Bean Ludlow is a delicatessen at the top of Broad Street (see what they did there?) just a short hop from the Buttercross. The shop is packed to the rafters with produce from staples such as flour and tea, free range eggs, canned food, condiments wine, beer, bread, pasta, biscuits and a whole lot more. The deli counter is stuffed with high quality produce from the local area and beyond. Take away coffees are also available from the counter. If you want to shop plastic free the Broad Bean Ludlow is a great place to start as they have a good selection of loose produce such as oats, dry beans and pulses, flour, dried fruit seeds, rice as well as a comprehensive selection of teas and coffees from around the world. The Broad Bean won the prestigious ‘Shop of the Year’ Award from the Guild of Fine food in 2018.
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Ludlow Spring Festival is the sister event of the Food Festival organised by the same team with a similar vibe, but takes place in May so gets the festival season off to a great start. Like the Food Festival, the event takes place in the dramatic setting of Ludlow Castle. The SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) tent has over 200 real ales form around the county and beyond. Most of the local brewers are present, including Hobsons and Ludlow Brewery, and a host of food stalls will ensure you won’t go hungry. There is live music in the marquee as well as talks and activities for kids. The Ludlow Spring Festival also combines the Marches Transport Festival when the castle courtyard is host to a variety of classic cars, vans, tractors and bikes.
The Feathers Hotel Ludlow is one of the town’s most famous landmarks and is often quoted as being the most photographed hotel in the country. It was built in 1619 by Rees Jones, the attorney of Pembrokeshire and a member of the ‘Council of the Marches’. The Grade 1 listed Feathers Hotel is a stunning half-timbered Tudor building with ornate carvings and Jacobean furnishings. Recently re-opened after a major refurbishment the Feathers Hotel Ludlow remains one of the towns most iconic destinations.
The hotel contains a Tea Room where you can sit down for cakes, scones tea, coffee or champagne, as well the more formal Plume@Feathers restaurant that serves a menu fusing British and French cuisine with an emphasis on local produce.
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The Black Bough Ludlow is a great quirky gift shop tucked away on Market Street next to the Chang Thai restaurant. The shop sells a range of items with a focus on quality and design. The products range from homewares to games and toys to books and kitchen ware. They also specialise in vintage and new watches.
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DM Walls Butchers, Ludlow is probably the towns most well known butchers. The family run shop was opened in 1952, and there is a second shop in Craven Arms. It is the home of the renowned ‘Ludlow Sausage’, which are prepared with a secret recipe passed on down the generations. Other produce includes rare breed cattle, free range poultry, local breed pigs including wild boar crosses, and a range of game meets including venison, pheasants and partridge.
There are a number of places in Ludlow for antiques, but 55 Mill Street, Ludlow, is a 3 storey Georgian townhouse just off the Castle Square, is where we’ll usually head for our retro/vintage kicks. It is filled to the rafters with retro objects, collectables, vintage clothes and antiques. It is run by a collection of traders, and each room has it’s own particular vibe. This is the place to go in Ludlow for an eclectic range of vintage and antique furniture, clothes, books, paintings, prints and bric a brac.
Harp Lane Deli is one of Ludlow’s top delicatessens, sourcing tasty products from local producers or further afield. Situated on the Castle Square overlooking the market they specialise in British and Continental artisan cheeses and freshly roasted, sustainably sourced coffee.
There are a few chairs inside to drink a coffee and have a pastel de natas or sandwich, as well as a table outside and a private dining room seating 8 available to hire. Alternatively get a takeaway drink for while you wander through the market in the square.
Bodenhams Ludlow is a charming department store situated in a 600 year old half timbered building situated at the top of Broad Street and opposite the Buttercross.
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Ludlow Food Festival was started in 1995 as a way of promoting the small food and drink producers of Ludlow and the surrounding area. It started as a relatively low key affair in the Castle Square but rapidly grew and then moved into the Ludlow Castle grounds. The area has always had an abundance of top quality produce to choose from and as such has attracted top chefs like Chistopher Bradley and Shaun Hill. Now there are a dizzying array of top producers on show, with a host of smaller independent farms, brewers and distillers amongst others.
Taking place in September, the Ludlow Food Festival has a programme of talks and demonstrations from top chefs and food producers from around the country. There are also side events such as the Sausage Trail, Pork Pie of the Marches and the Ale Trail. The Ludlow Magnalonga also takes place at this time. It is described as a ‘ramble and a feast in the marches countryside’. It is very popular so early booking is advised.
The organisers of the Ludlow Food Festival also organise a sister event called the Ludlow Spring Festival which happens in May.