If you’re planning a “staycation” or a short break in good ol’ Blighty, there’s no better place to enjoy the summer than stunning Shropshire. Designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, the unspoilt, stunning Shropshire hills hug a number of picturesque and quintessentially British towns including the historic market town of Ludlow.
La Bécasse benefits from a fantastic location in the heart of Ludlow and the team enjoy every opportunity to sample the super businesses and attractions in the town and region. We’re often asked by guests for recommendations of where or what they should visit, to which our answer is usually “How long have you got??” There are so many fantastic sights, sounds and tastes to experience that we thought we’d share just a few of our favourites with you and hope it helps if you’re planning a trip to the area, (and if you’re not, you should be!)
The Foodie Capital of Great Britain
For many years now, Ludlow has been blessed with the title “Foodie Capital of Great Britain” due to the gastronomic excellence found in the town. The town is home to a multitude of independent and specialist food shops, artisanal producers and the “Local to Ludlow” farmer’s market. Our walk to work passes the Swift’s Family Bakers on Corve Street, where you can’t help but be seduced by the delicious smells wafting out the door. Mousetrap Cheese, who have stores in Ludlow, Leominster and Hereford, and who also supply La Bécasse, is a Turophile’s absolute heaven. And of course, the Foodie tour of Ludlow would not be complete without a visit to the Ludlow Food Centre, a unique experience, highlighting the very best of local produce.
When it comes to eating out you are spoilt for choice in Ludlow. With a whole host of cafes, brasseries and fine-dining restaurants, there’s something to suit every palette and budget. If indeed you are planning a gourmet getaway, you may wish to organise your stay to coincide with the renowned Ludlow Food Festival, which takes place the second weekend of September (the 12th-14th of September this year). Considered by many to be the best of it’s kind, the nationally recognised event draws visitors from far and wide to sample and enjoy the very best in food and drink.
If you’re wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life then head to Middle Farm Cottages near Church Stretton for a date with nature. With 32 acres housing streams, woodlands, grazing and a well-stocked fishing lake, the lovely Sam and her team ensure that the cottages offer the ultimate countryside retreat. To experience rural peace and fantastic views, yet be located only a short and pleasant stroll from the centre of historic Ludlow, then consider a stay at the “small but perfectly formed” Ludlow Holiday Cottage. Where-ever you choose to stay, the stunning hills, valleys and forests, not to mention the panoramic views, make Shropshire a walker’s paradise.
History & Architecture
With approximately 500 listed buildings, a stroll through the medieval streets of Ludlow is itself a walk through history and an absolute pleasure. If you are interested in architecture and history then a visit to The Buttercross, St Laurence’s Church, The Readers House and The Feathers Hotel should be high on your “to see” list. At the top of most visitors’ lists is, of course, Ludlow Castle. Steeped in history dating back to 1086, the impressive ruins are not only the oldest part of Ludlow but are also the setting for many of the town’s events including the Food Festival and a Medieval Christmas Fayre.
This blog post has barely scratched the surface of the many wonderful things to do in Ludlow and Shropshire. We do hope you’ll enjoy visiting the town as much as we do living here. For more ideas and inspiration or to plan your perfect short break visit www.ludlow.org.uk and www.visitsouthshropshire.co.uk