We are proud to be based in a little corner of England that is world-renowned as a food and drink destination. Ludlow is often referred to as the ‘food and drink capital of the Marches’ thanks to its rich culinary heritage, diverse local produce, and thriving hospitality scene.
Ludlow’s reputation as a gastronomic hub dates right back to medieval times, when the town was a major trading centre for wool and other commodities. This prosperity allowed for the development of a vibrant food culture – with local farmers, butchers, bakers, and brewers supplying fresh and high-quality ingredients to the town’s markets and eateries.
In recent years, Ludlow has gained national and international recognition for its food and drink scene, thanks to the efforts of local chefs, producers, and food festivals. The town hosts several annual events, such as the Ludlow Food Festival (8th – 10th September 2023) and the Ludlow Spring Festival (12th – 14th May) which showcase the best of local and regional food and drink, as well as offering educational workshops and demonstrations. Make sure you pop in for a G&T with us at these events!
Ludlow is also home to several acclaimed restaurants, pubs, and cafes that specialize in using locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients to create innovative and delicious dishes.
For those looking for a fine dining experience there is Mortimers on Corve Street or Old Downton Lodge just outside town, where head chef Nick Bennett has created an exciting menu using the best local and seasonal produce. For a globally inspired and fresh perspective, CSONS on the picturesque banks of the River Teme is a must-visit. There is a whole host of eateries in the town worth exploring from snug cafes to gastropubs and restaurants, we could go on and on!
The town’s culinary scene is supported by a strong network of food and drink producers, ranging from artisan cheesemakers and bakers to craft brewers and distillers. The strength of this offering is best seen (and tasted) by a visit to the Local to Ludlow Market in the Castle Square (where growers and makers based within 30 miles of the town sell a range of high quality and carefully selected produce) also the award-winning Broad Bean fine food delicatessen on Broad Street.
Ludlow Farmshop is another great example of the ‘field to plate’ culture that is celebrated in Ludlow and we are thrilled to have our distillery based here. The farmshop itself showcases the best produce from the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakly Park Estate. Their farm extends to 6500 acres of rolling South Shropshire countryside and provides the shop’s beef, lamb, pork, and milk used for their dairy and cheese products. Make sure you pick up something delicious from them whilst you’re here!
Over the past few years, the Slow Food movement in Ludlow has grown from strength to strength. Slow Food UK aims to connect people with the food they eat and those who grow and produce it, in a sustainable way. Their ethos perfectly complements the food and drinks scene in Ludlow and you can discover more about this by taking a look at our blog – Slow Food in the UK – Celebrate What’s On Your Plate.
Ludlow’s combination of culinary heritage, quality local produce, and culinary talent make it a deserving title holder of the Food and Drink capital of the Marches.