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Old Downton Lodge

Downton on the Rock, LUDLOW, SY8 2HU

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Proving that Ludlow is still worth a visit for the gastronomically inclined, this charming restaurant with rooms, set in beautiful countryside just six miles from the town, is a comfortable hodge-podge of architectural styles - Georgian, warm red-brick, half-timbered, medieval - set around a flower-filled courtyard. The sitting room was once the stable, and the restaurant, in one of the oldest parts, has all the atmosphere of a medieval great hall, with stone walls, tapestry and chandelier. Head chef Karl Martin makes the most of the fantastic home-grown and local produce available in his daily-changing menus, a set-price choice of five, seven or nine courses that explore texture and flavour in original and inspiring ways. Everything looks beautiful and you can be sure that nothing arrives on the plate without due consideration. Menu descriptions are simple - for example 'salmon, mussels, buttermilk, garlic, monks bread', or 'duck, carrot, chicory, pineapple, pine', giving just a hint of what to expect. Fruit appears in unexpected places - pomegranate with cod, perhaps, creating unusual combinations that are endlessly fascinating and very successful. Desserts are equally thoughtful and interesting - rice pudding might come with artichoke and beetroot, and barbecued pear with gingerbread and crème fraiche.

Further information

Tel: 01568 771826
& 770175
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: Xmas, Feb
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Karl Martin
Number of seats: 25
Steps for wheelchair: 5
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
No children under 13 yrs+.
Parking available.



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From Ludlow take A49 to Shrewsbury. Left to Knighton A4113, left to Downton. Old Downton Lodge after 3m
Nearest station: Ludlow

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