Shropshire prizes its fresh and locally-sourced food and here are some of the best places to eat. Ludlow is most definitely still the foodie capital of the county and for high-end tasting menus, look no further than Old Downton Lodge, run by chef Karl Martin whose skilful technical cookery has earned the venue four AA rosettes. Still in Ludlow, look for Mortimers in Corve Street – a wonderful restaurant serving modern British and French food.
If it’s a convivial atmosphere in a comfortable setting you’re looking for, then The Armoury on Victoria Quay in Shrewsbury is hard to beat. Just outside Shrewsbury, in the village of Ford, you’ll find another restaurant that stands out from the crowd – it’s the Smoke Stop BBQ (The Road to BBQ) and it’s a chance to taste the real flavours of American food.
Newport has for many years had a thriving pub scene. The Fox, on the outskirts of town, has a fabulous menu and superb drinks selection. Visitors in the summertime can enjoy the vast beer garden too.
14 The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH
Carluccio’s is an Italian restaurant located in the middle of the Shrewsbury on the Square. A proud, authentic Italian restaurant chain, Carluccio’s offers friendly and affordable eating, drinking and shopping in a relaxed environment. Carluccio’s serve regional Italian food and the doors are always open – whether you fancy a coffee, an elongated three-course meal with wine, or something in between. Pop in whenever you want, for whatever you want, and stay as long as you like – that’s the Carluccio’s way. Visit website
Bromfield Rd, Bromfield, Ludlow SY8 2JR
Enjoy a relaxed dining and drinking experience with sensational seasonal and locally-sourced food. Freshly-made meals and light bites expertly created using produce grown and reared on their own farm and walled garden. Savour the sensational seasonal cuisine in the relaxed and friendly restaurant, private dining room, snug or outside seating area. It was also awarded an AA Rosette for Culinary excellence. Visit website
Pelham Rd, Upton Magna, Shrewsbury SY4 4TZ
The Haughmond is a modern coaching inn serves bold, unpretentious cooking with brilliant, seasonal, Shropshire ingredients. Whether you are looking for coffee, lunch, dinner, drinks or somewhere to lay your head, The Haughmond is set in the picturesque village of Upton Magna, just a few miles from Shrewsbury. Visit website
The Combermere Arms
Burleydam, Whitchurch SY13 4AT
The Combermere Arms dates from the 1540s and is a jumble of nooks and crannies – the character of the building has been well-preserved. Outside, make the most of the sunny spots with a lovely lavender-lined terrace where you can dine alfresco if you are so inclined, watching the world go by. But in the winter you can cosy up next to open fires. It is a classic Shropshire country inn to the bottom of its venerable boots. Visit website
17 Corve St, Ludlow SY8 1DA
Mortimers offers modern British/French food, served in a stunning restaurant in the idyllic historic town of Ludlow. For a taste of Mortimers, try the seven-course tasting menu, available at lunch and evening – it’s an unmissable experience! Visit website
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