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good pub lunches in or near Ludlow, Telford, Church Stretton, Bishop's Castle? [Shropshire]

GretchenS Apr 6, 2012 08:26 AM

I will be staying several days based in Shrewsbury, with a car, and quite intrepid about driving anywhere with good food (or things to look at but that is for another site). Have found very little for pub lunches in the area, so would appreciate any recommendations.

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    Harters Apr 6, 2012 09:47 AM

    Hmmm. Tricky on the pub lunch front. Nowhere really jumps out at me as excelent.

    Ludlow is not what it used to be from a foody perspective although I still love the town. If I can persuade you to look further than pubs, then La Becasse would be brilliant for lunch. It lost its Michelin star this year but our meal last summer was certainly Michelin standard. The Ludlow Food Centre on the main road about a mile or so north of town is well worth a stop to see if there's stuff worth buying and the cafe isnt too bad. The Bull in town is a worthy lunch stop - sort of British pub grub meets Spanish tapas. The Church, at the top of Broad Street, does better than average pub grub (although it is a year or so back when we were last there) - looking at their website, I like the good selection of pies (which come with chips and salad)

    The Bell at Yarpole (near Ludlow) is, I think, still owned by 2* chef, Claude Bosi. It's a year or so since we were last there but it was a cracker of a lunch.

    At Church Stretton, I recall a reasonably OK pub on the main street. Can't recall its name but a Google suggests it was probably the Kings Arms - but don't blame me if I'm wrong and it proves to be crap :-0

    IIRC, Telford is a culinary desert.

    I'd be interested in hearing about any dinner places you turn up in Shrewsbury. As a "thing to look at " that also has a food interest, may I suggest a brief stop at the Battle of Shewsbury site, from 1403 (just outside of town). The actual battle site won't take too long to look at and there's a derelict medieval church - but there's also a farm shop (http://www.battlefield1403.com/home)

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    1. re: Harters
      GretchenS Apr 6, 2012 10:05 AM

      Ooh, thanks John. Sure, you can talk me out of a pub, it is my default but not my rule. I am not sure that I will turn up any dinner places in Shrewsbury. I have a flat there because the stop before, several days in the Cotswolds, will end with a romp through an incredible farm store (Hillers at Ragley Hall) where I know I am likely to buy too much food, from past experience. But if I do find a dinner spot worth reporting on, I will pass it on. And thanks for the other pointer, might need more veg so another farm shop is a good thing to know about.

      1. re: GretchenS
        Harters Apr 6, 2012 10:16 AM

        If you need a food top-up then the Food Centre at Ludlow is *the* place.

        Very local, very sustainable. The meat all comes from the estate farm.

        And there's windows into the kitchen areas from the sales area so you can watch stuff being butchered or whatever.


        That said, there are a couple of very good butchers in town (one of which specialises in game). And a couple of greengrocers which are committed to the "Local to Ludlow" scheme (produce from within a 30 mile radius) - although there's not going nto be much about if you're going in the near future.

        1. re: Harters
          GretchenS Apr 6, 2012 10:40 AM

          That Food Centre looks like a must whether I need food or not! Usually at this time of year (my favorite time of year to visit) there is local asparagus and salad greens, at the very least. My hosts in the Cotswolds gifted us with an armful of just-cut asparagus on our way out last time. But I know that everything varies from year to year so I take it as I find it. When is your New England trip?

          1. re: GretchenS
            Harters Apr 6, 2012 11:08 AM

            We arrive Boston on 3 May. We've three days in the city before going north and then back down south again to Mystic & Cape Cod. Three weeks in total. Really looking forward to it - we've not been to that part of the world before and there's a very different spin to the food from what we now of the more southern states. Seemingly big similarities in the cuisine in New England to Old England.

            You should be fine here for asparagus this year. The mild winter suggests there's going to be early cropping - already there's strawberries available (grown under glass of course)

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