Last stayed here in August 2009 when I said I would return. So glad to have done so. The hotel is a little outside Ludlow, an interesting town in its own right, but not too far by car from Shrewsbury, Ironbridge,the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean all of which are worth visiting paticularly at this time of year when the autumnal colours in the fields and on the trees are quite stunning. We received a warm welcome with the receptionist knowing our name & that we'd asked for a room with a shower. It was agreed that if we ate in the restaurant for our 3 night stay we'd get 3 nights accommodation for the price of 2. Although the bedroom was not very spacious it was perfectly adequate and well maintained - coffee, water etc replenished every day - with a pleasant view. The real attraction though is the superb food which would be difficult to surpass:- every evening we enjoyed canapes of butternut squash,quails eggs,olives and salmon bites. Veloute with celeriac and cauliflower were served with delicious home made bread.. Other mid course tasters were made of raspberry, pineapple and a hint of meringue and after dinner treats of mini pastries (lemon curd & grapes?) and little chocolat treats. For starters on the 3 evenings I had stuffed lemon sole with white onions and spinach, scallops and langoustine, all delicious. For the 3 main courses I had pork fillet which was tender and succulent, venison which had an excellent flavour but, I think, can always seem a bit tough, and rack of lamb which was fantastic. My husband had the gressingham duck, the pork fillet and chicken all of which he clearly enjoyed. It was particularly impressive that the staff offered to change the menu for us after the first two evenings we were there. Desserts of chocolat fondant, bavarois, appple tart and the cheese selection were equally delicious. Although most of the menu is French I was pleased to see, in addition, a selection of New World and other wines: in fact, the Chilean Sauvignon and Merlot which were not unreasonably priced, as was local mineral water, were first-rate wines. The service was excellent, intelligent and not intrusive, and the environment tranquil and delightful. The Shropshire breakfast ,too, as well as the smoked haddock and egg are to be recommended.and it's difficult to imagine the food being bettered anywhere. It's a reasonably expensive place to stay but as the food is quite outstanding I think it's a treat really worth experiencing.
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