It’s been very busy recently in the Cooked From Scratch kitchen – but we managed to grab a couple of nights away in Ludlow recently. What a revelation for a food lover! I thought I’d been transferred to foodie heaven.
The food festival is very similar to Abergavenny, just on a slightly smaller scale, so well worth a trip. Unfortunately, the day we went it absolutely tipped down with rain, which meant everyone was congregating around the stalls, sheltering from the rain – I would definitely go back though in the hope the weather is a bit better, allowing us to enjoy the festival properly.
Ludlow town itself is gorgeous. Lots of lovely architecture and quirky buildings and it is oozing with independent shops, restaurants, coffee shops & pubs. In fact, the only chain shop in the centre is a Costa coffee (they get everywhere!). The chains are ever present in the outskirts but not in the town itself. It’s a very pretty place and highly recommended for a weekend away.
We stayed at The Clive Restaurant and Rooms, which is attached to Ludlow Food Centre. It was a last minute booking and you are never quite sure what you are going to get, even after perusing the website.
However, we were more than pleased when we saw our room – it was spacious and airy and contained a seating area in addition to the bedroom area and bathroom. Tick!
We then took a look at the tea and coffee tray – and it wasn’t your usual instant coffee sachets with a few tea bags that’s for sure.
No – how about a cafetiere with Ludlow Food Centre’s own roasted coffee, along with a selection of organic teas and homemade biscuits? Tick, tick!
But, it didn’t stop there – oh, what a mini bar! Not your usual mass produced, branded products – oh no! How about local craft ales, local organic ciders, Fevertree tonic, local organic juices, carefully selected wines and Chase gin and vodka? Like I said – foodie heaven. And prices were on average with a mini bar. Tick, tick tick!
As the hotel is attached to Ludlow Food Centre, breakfast in the morning was in the food centre café. Their own breads, yoghurt, bacon, eggs (free range), pastries and just about anything else you could think of. Not only made there, but high quality products too. I must admit, I usually struggle to have breakfast in hotels (especially chains) due to the low quality of goods on offer – free range eggs are usually nowhere to be seen and the origin of everything else is usually quite suspect (and don’t get me started on the bread). But, this was so different – my only problem was what to choose! Tick again!
We ate in the restaurant in the evening, and again, were not disappointed. The majority of the produce was either produced on the estate or sourced locally. Tick, tick! The service was friendly and the food nicely presented, tasty and enjoyable. And the cheeseboard! It was supposed to be for one person, but contained whole wedges of cheese (most of which were produced on the estate). The crackers were also homemade, as well as the chutney. It was gorgeous, but so big, we (and the couple on the next table) had to ask for a doggie bag to take back with us.