Since taking over the pub a few years ago, Frenchman Cedric Bosi (brother of acclaimed London-based chef Claude) and his wife Amy have quickly established it as one of Ludlow’s must-visit food pubs. Located on the town’s iconic Grade I listed Ludford Bridge (famous for its battle in 1459) and a short walk from historic Ludlow Castle, this smart, modernised stone-built pub has a lovely tiered terrace overlooking the River Teme. Inside, the airy dining area is relaxed and informal with scrubbed wooden floorboards and mismatched chairs. Whether it’s dogs, children or muddy-booted walkers, everybody is made to feel welcome at this riverside pub. Well-kept local ales such as Ludlow Gold keep beer drinkers happy and there are 14 wines by the glass. The food is excellent and the concise menu focuses on classy renditions of British classics with a Gallic twist, although the pub serves an excellent bacon and cheese burger with BBQ sauce and skinny fries. A typical meal from the carte might start with half a dozen Herefordshire garlic snails; or wood pigeon breast in bourguignon sauce, and continue with ox cheeks with horseradish mash, glazed carrots and girolles or Elwy Valley rack of lamb, minted peas, broad beans and dauphinoise potatoes. To end, perhaps choose blood orange posset with raspberry sorbet; or sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and salted caramel ice cream. Nine en-suite bedrooms are available, some with wonderful views over the river and across to the castle.