We decided at fairly short notice to have a three night break in the Ludlow area and were pleased to find the ETB 4* rated Coach House at Elm Lodge on the outskirts of the town was available for the nights we wanted. We were given a warm, friendly and very informative welcome by Barbara, our hostess and were shown around our clean, well appointed and very comfortable apartment. There is an open plan living area with flat screen tv with dvd and free wi-fi connectivity. We really appreciated the good, old-fashioned firm three-piece suite - none of those horrible, floppy modern things that are murder on middle-aged backs!
The superking-size bed was also firm and comfortable, with a dressing table, bedside cabinets and plenty of storage in the big wardrobe. There was a modern, galley kitchen with microwave, electric oven and hob, kettle, toaster and a small breakfast bar. We preferred to eat on our laps with the thoughtfully provided bean bag trays on our laps.
The bathroom was wonderful - large and well appointed with a huge corner shower (big enough for two if you're so inclined!) and a good, deep bath. Hot water was constant and plentiful, no hiccoughs with the plumbing or heating. The views from the windows were across the nine-hole golf course which is part of Elm Lodge's facilities, and over towards Ludlow itself. The A49 road passes near the property, but we didn't experience any noise intrusion at all during our stay.
There was a high standard of 'extras' provided in the way of quality flannels, towels, toiletries, an assortment of hot drinks, biscuits and even a complimentary pint of milk in the fridge for that first cup of tea - very much appreciated.
Ludlow town centre is approximately half an hour's walk from Elm Lodge, down a long, unlit drive so if you're thinking of having a few convivial nights out on the town and walking back, you WILL need a good torch! I walk with a stick myself and I really wouldn't advise walking along the drive in the dark as the surface is uneven and without a torch you can barely see your hand in front of your face.
We ate at The Parkway Cafe and Restaurant on our second night. The food was absolutely excellent and I can particularly recommend the jugged hare which was exquisitely cooked and presented. However, the restaurant is very small inside and it could feel a little cramped to some but luckily there was a nice crowd of civilized people in whilst we were there, which merely added to an enjoyable experience. You might be advised to take cash to pay the bill with as they appear to be a bit hit and miss as to whether their chip and pin machine works and my husband had to go round the corner to the bank after we had finished. Two courses for the pair of us, plus a bottle of good red wine came to just under £70.
The third night we were there, we ate at a wonderful pub called The Unicorn. This place is what English pubs should be all about! It had a fantastic, original panelled interior with a huge log fire and a friendly welcome from the staff and locals. We both had the locally sourced pheasant with port and cranberry sauce, the cheese board (again, all local) and the raspberry and lemon sorbet. I think this was our favourite meal out of the two, not only for the perfect food but for the atmosphere, service and surroundings. Two courses for two with two alcoholic drinks each came to just under £50 and I would really recommend this place.
Also well worth a visit, and recommended by our hostess, was the Ludlow Food Centre just down the A49 at Bromfield. If you like regional cheeses, wines, ales, ciders, breads, pickles, preserves, fruit, vegetables, chocolates, meats, you name it, then this is the place for you! Much of what's on sale is produced on the premises and you can watch various things being made through the viewing windows which are all around the shop floor. Although the leaflet we read promotes the prices as being reasonable, we thought it was very expensive, e.g. £4 for a jar of jam or marmalade, £3.50 for a small bar of chocolate and £53 for a frozen turkey! Obviously everything there is above the standard that you would find in a supermarket and you will get all manner of unusual, specialist items that might be hard to obtain elsewhere, but remember to take a well stocked wallet or purse when you visit! We bought mainly cheeses and loved the Stinking Bishop, Smoked Worcestershire and the Cheese With No Name (yes, that's really what it's called!).
We've thoroughly enjoyed our short break in this lovely part of the world and we think Shropshire is a much underrated county. We would love to go again and wouldn't hesitate to stay at Elm Lodge, as it suited our requirements to the letter.
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