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.
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…
Just south of Ludlow towards Leominster, on the edge of Mortimer Forest, the ruins of Richards Castle are well worth seeking out. A rare example of a pre conquest Norman castle (built in the 1050’s), currently only the goats patrol the battlements.
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.
The imposing Wilderhope Manor is nestled in the beautiful countryside around Apedale just on the other side of Wenlock Edge from Sutton Court Farm. It’s run as YHA accommodation but you can still go for walks around the outside anytime and see inside on Wednesdays and Sundays between 2 and 6.
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.