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AA rating
Restaurant with Rooms

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Rated from 3 to 5, and meeting all the criteria of black stars, Gold Stars are awarded to the best in Britain and Ireland within their particular banding.

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Customer rating 9 / 10
Based on 63 reviews

Excellent service and hospitality, allied with truly outstanding cooking

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At a glance

4 Rosette restaurant
Breakfast Award
Accessible rooms
Dogs welcome
Civil weddings

Peacefully situated, Old Downton Lodge is within easy reach of Ludlow's many attractions and has good parking, pleasant grounds, and is ideal for walks and country pursuits. Originally a farmhouse, this high-end establishment has bags of character and style. Bedrooms are spacious and very well appointed with comfortable beds and luxurious bathrooms. There is an honesty bar and excellent wine list. Breakfast should not be missed, and the four AA Rosette-worthy dinner is a real highlight; offered every Tuesday to Saturday evening, the imaginative six- or nine-course tasting menus use local, seasonal and foraged produce. The Market Menu is offered at lunchtime three days a week.

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  • Rooms: 10
  • Ground-floor rooms: 5

Room rates

  • Single room, minimum price: £155
  • Double room, minimum price: £155
  • Short breaks available
  • Credit cards accepted

Opening times

  • Closed: 23–30 December


  • Afternoon tea served
  • Dinner served
  • Last orders for evening meals: 25 hours


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Freeview TV in rooms
  • Other facilities: Speciality toiletries, home-made biscuits
  • Dogs allowed on premises
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Accessible bedrooms: 2


  • No children under: 13 years


  • Maximum number of delegates: 40
  • Theatre-style holds (maximum): 40
  • Classroom-style holds (maximum): 40
  • Boardroom-style holds (maximum): 40


  • Holds a civil ceremony licence
  • Maximum number of guests: 60

Getting here

From Ludlow onto A49 towards Shrewsbury, 1st left onto A4113. After 1.9 miles turn left signed Downton, 3 miles on single track road. Turn right, signed.

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