The Poetry Pharmacy Bishops Castle is a charming bookshop on the High Street. It’s aim is to provide ‘poetry on prescription’ to counter the stresses of modern life. The beautiful victorian shop has a range of poetry and prose tending toward the highbrow – you’ll be unlikely to find Dan Brown’s latest here. You can talk to the ‘Poetry Pharmacist’ if you have a particular ailment, or even take a consultation for more serious matters. The Poetry Pharmacy also stocks a range of stationary and pills to cure what ails you, including Happy Pills, Hope Pills and Poemcetamol. As a new centre for poetry and creative writing in the Midlands there are regular poetry and creative writing workshops, as well as courses in bookbinding. There is also a Dispensary cafe serving a range of coffees, teas, tisanes, sherbets and sodas.
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.
Feather Hotel Ludlow
24-25 Bull Ring, Ludlow,
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.
BLACK BOUGH, 2 MARKET STREET, LUDLOW,
SHROPSHIRE, SY8 1BP
This is the walled garden at the magnificent Croft Castle taken a few weeks ago during the last days of the summer holidays. An absolute treasure just 30 minutes drive from Sutton Court Farm, with a fantastic country house, landscaped gardens and extensive country walks on the estate. Find out more here – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland.
This lovely 12th century Norman style chapel is just past the Tally Ho pub in Bouldon. If you want to have look inside the key is behind the board. Why they don’t put it on the front of the board is a mystery I have been unable to solve…
We spent a great day at the Ludlow Spring Festival in the grounds of Ludlow’s amazing castle. Vintage cars aplenty including this stunningly restored AA van. More real ale than you could shake a CAMRA approved stick at, delicious local food and live music including Ludlow’s own Call Of The Kraken to round the days event of in fine style.
Well, we finally got there! All the cottages have been refurbished and looking mighty good. Photo’s to follow! Our new Okofen Pellmatic biomass boiler is fired up and the freshly installed central heating system is making the cottages toasty warm in this unseasonably cold start to May. Thanks to the Neil and the rest of his alumni of the Newcastle Uni cycling club and there families who stayed at Sutton Court Farm for there regular get together / ride.
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.