The interior was 'Olde Worlde' but nicely laid out. Restaurant is upstairs. The meals are plain but plentiful and the staff pleasant.
Cash only - No credit cards
Favorite Dish: Tradition Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding
On 21st July 2005 the Slow Food Ludlow Convivium held a meal in this restaurant . We concluded that it was a good example of an ethnic restaurant that is not anglicising the menu inorder to pander to the English palate.
The dishes seemed to us to be authentic Japanese sushi, meat and desert dishes in a town that has lots of up-market Michelin type restaurants. Whilst the meal was relatively expensive it was for a four course meal in the evening.
I am not usually a fan of busy places serving large numbers of people, but I made an exception just as long as we got there early.
De Grey's is such a Ludlow institution for morning tea and coffee, lunches and afternoon tea served in an historic setting I just had to shout about it. They serve over 200 people at their busiest and still managed to get the Tea Guild's Award of Excellence for the past six years, I had to try it.
They are also famed for their award-winning bread, cakes and patisserie made on the premises. They offer B&B in luxury bedrooms. I wish Id' know about this place before I had made my hotel reservations.
I heard that this place has recently been put up for sale, so I do hope the new owners keep up the marvelous work.
Favorite Dish: I felt so pampered sat there being served by staff in formal lack skirts and starched white aprons.
I ate the best stollen I have ever eaten outside of Germany and my husband gorged himself on a sticky chocolate cake. As a mid morning treat, it was well worth the expense.
This cafe is a real hidden Gem, we popped in for lunch last summer after some hard antique shopping. The coffee there is the best i have ever tasted, they offer two blends Lavazza and illy, makes starbucks seem like nescafe in comparison. The menu was quite extensive offering mainly homemade hot meals sandwiches, jacket potatoes and breakfast items. We had the home made soup of the day (leek and potato that day) it was lovely and definately HOMEMADE not chunky soup out of a tin. The cafe runs table service wich extened out to thier patio area wich looked to seat around 40 we decided to sit out, its a little sun trap and with the parasols etc it seemed like we were on the med. Service was very atentive. All in all the best cafe we have been to in a long while and definatly worth the hunt to find it.
Favorite Dish: Well we had coffee and soup and both were very good and should really have been more than we were charged.
Fancy eating "calf's sweetbreads with potato and olive cake followed by cardamom figs with burnt honey and yoghurt pannacotta"?
By early 2005, Ludlow had seven top restaurants recommended by the Michelin Good Food Guide. This is the largest number for any one British town! This is because of one or two entrepreneur chefs, easy access to high quality fresh local food (and the town's Food Festival).
Of the seven 'Michelin' restaurants, five were in Ludlow town ~
Dinham Hall is next door to the Castle. The restaurant is in a grand 18th century mansion. The chef serves "French cuisine".
Hibiscus is a small, oak panelled restaurant half way down Corve Street. Claude Bosi seems to specialise in French cuisine too! Egon Ronay recently described it as the top UK restaurant. Prices began at £42.50 for three courses in Autumn 2004.
17 Corve Street, Ludlow
Tel: (0)1584 872325
Koo Japanese Restaurant, on the main road through Ludlow towards the River Teme.
127 Old Street , Ludlow
Tel: (0)1584 878462
Mr Underhills is below Ludlow Castle on the banks of the River Teme. They also offer rooms for the night!
The Merchant House. Unfortunately for Ludlow, the Merchant house closed in February 2005. It had been the first of these restaurants to open in the town. But the proprietors decided to expand and move their business to larger premises elsehwere. What a shame!
On top of that list, the Houseman Restaurant in the historic Feathers Hotel has won an AA rosette.
Favorite Dish: Why not read the review of Hibiscus by the Shropshire Advertiser online newspaper http://www.shropshirestar.co.uk/show_article_25186
Directly opposite the Gatehouse to Ludlow Castle is the Castle Lodge Buttery. It is one of those cafe's ideal for tourists. Views out of the window to the castle walls. Cheap, simple, filling food.
It is also child-friendly. They have a child's high-chair available. They also offer children's sized meals.
There are a range of basic hot meals, baked pototoes, soup, cakes and coffee.
At the opposite end of the town, off Corve Street near the new Library, the Parkway Cafe offers a similar menu, with more choices of meal, but equally good value. This is more of a local shoppers' secret, so maybe will have more room to spare. Address: Parkway, off Corve Street.
Favorite Dish: Definitely go for the 'Jacket Potatoes', which are healthy eating and good value, about £2.50. They also sell 'All-day Breakfasts' for £3.85.
Apparently there are three restaurants in Ludlow that have been awarded a Michelan Star. My guide told me that this could in part be because Ludlow gets the very best beef from Hereford and other ingredients from the fertile country surrounding the village. Sadly I didn't know this before I had eaten dinner, but it makes Ludlow a town well worth further culinary investigation!