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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Hopton Castle is a ruined castle keep situated outside the village of Hopton Heath. There was a settlement there before the Norman Conquest but the building that exists today was most likely built in the 13th century but in a style to suggest an earlier date. During the civil war it was owned by the Wallops who where parliamentarians in a part of the country dominated by forces loyal to King Charles. A garrison of 30 men commanded by Colonel Samuel More (who kept a diary of the events) was held siege for 30 days by Prince Rupert Royalists. Although More lived to become the governor of Montgomery Castle, many of the surrendered troops were brutally killed, and ‘Hopton Quarter’ became a byword for treacherous treatment by opponents. You can see a film of the siege of Hopton Castle here.
The castle was restored and opened to the public in 2011. Admission is free.
Berrington Hall is a stately home owned by the National Trust and situated in north Herefordshire about 20 minutes drive from Sutton Court Farm Holiday Cottages. The neoclassical mansion house was designed by Henry Holland and is set in landscaped gardens created by his son in law Capability Brown. The house and gardens were created in in the 18th century by London banker Thomas Harley. Sunsesequent owners included the 7th Lord Rodney who inherited the estate in 1864, but was forced to sell later in life to pay gambling debts, and Lord Cawley, a Liberal MP who made his fortune producing black die, particularly after the death of Queen Victoria sent the country into mourning in 1901.
There is a cafe in the old stables, and a fantastic Georgian walled garden with a rare curved wall designed by Capability Brown. Berrington Hall is situated just off the A49 between Ludlow and Leominster.
Simpsons gift shop, Bishops Castle, has a fantastic range of eclectic and quirky items and is the perfect destination for picking up something unusual for the folks back home during your stay in South Shropshire. A good range of books on a variety of subjects but specialising in nature, local interest, regional and traditional culture and outdoor pursuits as well as guides to the local area and and books by local authors. A great range of cards, stationary, homewares, toys, kitchenalia, homewares are all personally curated by the excellent Dave Simpson, who will usually be on hand to help you make you selection.
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.
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.
Croft Castle is a beautiful National Trust property set in the rolling countryside of North Herefordshire. It makes an ideal day out from Sutton court Farm Holiday Cottages. Croft Castle has been the seat of the Croft family for over 1000 years. Situated near the village of Yarpole between Ludlow and Leominster, the Jacobean house is surrounded by fabulous gardens and parkland. The main house is more of a stately home then castle, the medieval fortress was destroyed by parliamentary troops in 1645. Before that in 1461 the Battle of Mortimers Cross took place on the grounds. Sir Richard Croft was one of Edward of Yorks advisors during the War of the Roses and the battle helped Edward to victory and the crown. The Crofts where an important family in the Welsh Marches with close ties to the Mortimers.
The surrounding gardens and parkland would be with a day out in itself, with a magnificent avenue of Spanish chestnuts and several huge oaks including the famous ‘Candelabra Oak’. If you continue through the parkland you will reach an iron age fort with great views of the surrounding countryside. The Fishpool Valley walk takes you through wonderful woodland past the series of dams and pools as well as the icehouses and pump house which were part of an ambitious victorian engineering project.
Bury Ditches, located a few miles outside Bishops Castle and Clun is an impressive iron age hill fort on a beautiful site managed by the Forestry Commission. The ditches themselves are comprised of four massive earthwork ramparts and you can walk around the perimeter and really get a feel for what it would have been like in the iron age. Needless to say the views from the top of Bury Ditches are fantastic, stretching out to Clee Hill, Wenlock Edge and the Stiperstones. The fort was ‘rediscovered’ in 1976 when a storm felled a number of trees at the summit and the ramparts where revealed.
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
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