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“A good experience if you are a foodie” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ludlow Food Centre

Ludlow Food Centre
Ranked #1 of 9 Shopping in Ludlow
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Owner description: Voted Great Taste Awards Shop of the Year 2015, Britain's Best Food Hall 2014 Winner of the UK's Best Farm Shop Award 2013 Makers of Best Blue Cheese at the British Cheese Awards 2013 Gold Medals at the world marmalade Awards In house Butchery, Dairy, Jams, Bakery, Coffee roasting and Kitchen The Ludlow Food Centre is a unique food shopping experience, where farming, food production and retailing meet to create a very special environment. The shopping area is surrounded by 8 food production kitchens where you can see food being produced through large picture windows. Ludlow Kitchen nesxt door serves the same locally sourced food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Ellesmere, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A good experience if you are a foodie”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

We love visiting Ludlow and always include the Food Centre on our trips. The range of food is exceptional, although sometimes the quality of the vegetables is not so good. They make a wonderful, heavy, dark sourdough bread with caraway seeds - a bit like pumpernickel but much lighter - which is heavenly spread with smoked salmon pate or served with soup. I do think though that the prices are too high. I would have liked to do a separate review of the cafe, because it deserves its own site on Tripadvisor. The food here is not the cheapest, but it is all locally produced. We called in for breakfast whilst staying at the Travelodge, and we had very good local bacon sandwiches, with a sauce made at the Food Centre. In the past we have enjoyed lunches here - I would particularly recommend the cheese ploughmans, with 3 local cheeses. If they have Oakleigh Park cheddar and the Cheese With No Name, it really is a wonderful experience. Cafetiere coffee is good, also. As for the staff, I make a point of asking them about the food, and they are always knowledgeable - or if they don't know, they go and ask and come back with the answer. I have never found them to be unfriendly or inefficient. In fact, we visit now to eat at the cafe rather than to buy food at the Food Centre.

Visited December 2011
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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Four-counties Cooperative Farm Produce Centre at Ludlow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2011

Nr Bromfield, just north of Ludlow. A magnificent, beautifully laid-out Food Centre - with a large food display and purchase Hall - within grounds offering a Cafe and other facilities. Produce from Herefordshire, Powys, Shropshire and Gloucestershire is available: a vast array of vegetables, cheeses, meats, poultry, English wines and many other foods and spices are on sale at competitive prices - not the inflated prices sometimes associated with 'farmer's markets' and suchlike. Very well worth a visit: you are bound to find something that attracts your eye ! Plenty of parking and other attractions.

Visited December 2011
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Wales
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“Not Cheap, But excellent choice.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

One of those great places to stop off at either passing through, or whilst on holiday in the area. Brilliant for all types of local produce. With bread freshly made on site. Like I say, not a cheap place, but quality is assured (sausages are brill').

Visited November 2011
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Hulme End
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“Great Idea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2011

We wish more towns would just get on with it like Ludlow does instead of moaning about the big 4 moving in and closing down towns and villages. These behemoths are not the be all and end all of food retailing.
This facility is a glowing example of what can be achieved. It actively encourages new food production businesses to start up as they will have an outlet for their produce at this centre, and the quality of the product they manufacture themselves on site is excellent. Let’s face it; you get what you pay for. Personally we would prefer to know where our produce has come from.
Come on U.K. towns and villages, get a grip and follow the example set by Ludlow Food Centre. There will always a market for quality food be it free range or organic, especially when it is locally grown / produced.
If you are in the area it is well worth a visit, you will not be disappointed.
Shop locally.

Visited September 2011
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“I wanted to hate it but I loved it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2011

Everything about the place screams tourist rip off. It's out of town, on a main road, new buildings and altogether a bit fake. However the coffee was the best I've had in England and the produce was amazing. The meat section in particular was fantastic. Our freezer is now well stocked! I would like there to be tasters available so haven't given full marks and the location is fairly horrible but overall- excellent.

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