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“One day I'll tell my great grandchildren...”

The Charlton Arms Restaurant
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Ranked #31 of 92 Restaurants in Ludlow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $28
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed February 2, 2014

...that I was at the Charlton Arms for their first lunch service under Cedric Bosi and witnessed the transformation on his return to Ludlow, before it became so difficult to get a table!

I last visited the Charlton Arms at the end of 2013. To be fair to them, at that time the end was already in sight and the sale had been agreed. So the decor was more shabby than chic, with tired carpets and an odd assortment of pictures and photos on the walls. The best food on offer was a filled baguette or jacket potato.

In just over a month, the transformation is incredible. Out with the tatty carpet to reveal honest wooden floors. Clean lines and brighter lighting in the dining areas. Crisp white linen napkins.

Best of all, of course, is the new menu. It will change with the seasons and availability of fresh produce, but today--in addition to the classic Sunday roast, there were treats like ox cheeks hash with spinach, button mushrooms and a celeriac remoulade (see photo). Portions were generous, without being overwhelming and service--though clearly being tested by the full house--was polite and efficient. There's a fresh and reasonably priced wine list (as an example, a 500ml carafe of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc was about £12) to complement the excellent local beers and ciders.

If Cedric continues to build the reputation of the Charlton Arms as he and his brother, Claude, have done with their previous projects, it won't be long before this place becomes a destination in its own right. I'm particularly looking forward to summer days on the terrace overlooking the river, with the great views up to Ludlow.

In summary, it's well worth a walk down Broad Street and over the bridge to be able to tell your own great grandchildren that you were there before it became famous.

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Me and my husband visited in January for his birthday as he had expressed a desire to visit every time we drove past this beautifully situated and externally very impressive looking pub.

Well, it just goes to show how you shouldn't be taken in by external appearances!

The problems we experienced included;
1, Nobody to greet us upon arrival in the restaurant - left standing around waiting for somebody to appear for well over a minute.
2, Exceptionally poor, almost inedible Garlic Mushroom starter.
3, Nonappearance of promised bread fingers with starter - replaced with burnt (on one side) and raw (on the other) piece of garlic bread -left as totally inedible.
4, Not one working (or matching) salt cellar in the entire place. Having tried every table, one actually fell to pieces in my hands when picking it up throwing salt all over the table!
5, A main course of Salmon with new potatoes arrived with no potatoes. Having spoken to the chef, the waiter advised that the restaurant had "run out" of potatoes. Nobody had thought to mention this either when ordering or when the food arrived however. This in a town where Tesco shuts at midnight!
6, The Restaurant was lit inappropriately brightly even though approximately 20% of the numerous light bulbs were out of order. The furnishings also appeared to indicate either a serious lack of good taste, money, or possibly both.

In fairness I have to say that the staff we dealt with were all pleasant, smiling and superficially concerned at least that our evening was less than perfect. Nevertheless, other than the kind offer of a small reduction on our bill to compensate for the lack of potatoes, none of our concerns appeared to be seriously addressed.

This restaurant is an enigma. It potentially has so much going for it. It clearly had a lot of money spent on it a few years ago, and yet the ambience, decor, quality of food and overall level of management appears to resemble a 1970s Bulgarian ski resort. Avoid.

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