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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Renovated country house with high-impact, thoughtful cooking

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

It’s hard to believe that this handsome Georgian country pile just outside the foodie hub of Ludlow was falling apart until its current owners restored it in 2007 to the porticoed, pristine white boutique bolthole (with a spa tucked away in the garden) that we see today. Housed in an orangery extension, Forelles restaurant enjoys views of the rolling Shropshire hills as a backdrop to Andrew Birch’s modern take on classic country-house cuisine. As you’d hope, it’s all built on pedigree materials sourced from within a 30-mile radius (apart from seafood, of course, which comes from Brixham and Skye) and delivered via a three-course carte and six-course tasting menus (including a veggie version) that deliver thrilling assemblages of flavour and texture. Confit rabbit cannelloni with black pudding, tarragon, wild leeks and mustard velouté sets the tone, before the kitchen conjures up well-balanced main courses of immaculately cooked Shropshire lamb loin, say, supported by ewe’s curd, asparagus and confit potato, the whole thing aromatised with wild garlic pesto, or Gigha halibut alongside shrimps, sweet potato, sea lettuce and champagne butter sauce. At dessert stage, the good ideas just keep coming – perhaps light-as-air orange soufflé with milk chocolate and aromatic Szechuan pepper ice cream, or salted caramel fondant with crème fraîche and cider sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Andrew Birch

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 40
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Starter from 10
  • Main course from30
  • Dessert from10
  • 2-course lunch from24
  • 3-course lunch from29.50
  • 2-course dinner from40
  • 3-course dinner from50
  • Tasting menu from65
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20

Getting here

A49 from Shrewsbury, follow Ludlow and Bridgnorth signs. 1st left towards Bridgnorth, at next roundabout left onto Fishmore Road. Hotel 0.5 miles on right after golf course

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