Old Downton Lodge

“Imaginative cooking in historic building.” - AA Inspector



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Within easy reach of foodie town Ludlow’s many attractions, tranquil and characterful Old Downton Lodge is a former farmhouse and cider mill overlooking the Welsh Marches. The lodge comprises a fascinating cluster of buildings – medieval, half-timbered, Georgian – around a pretty courtyard filled with herbs and flowers. Dating from Norman times, the elegant restaurant feels like the great hall of a castle with its stone walls, tapestry and chandelier. Start with yakitori mackerel, pickles, yuzu and ginger, which might precede Gressingham duck, spring roll, strawberry and turnip. Finish with a well-balanced dessert of gingerbread, toffee apple, cider and Calvados.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Old Downton Lodge
Downton on the Rock, LUDLOW, SY8 2HU


  • Seats: 25
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Steps for wheelchair: 5
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: Christmas
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 50
  • Wines by the glass: 12
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Shropshire

Perhaps nowhere else in England will you find a county so deeply rural and with so much variety as Shropshire. Choose a clear day, climb to the top of The Wrekin, and look down on that ‘land of lost content’ so wistfully evoked by A E Housman. Peer through your binoculars and trace the course of Britain’s longest river as the Severn sweeps through the county, from the Breidden Hills to Wyre Forest, slicing Shropshire in two. To the north is a patchwork of dairy fields, hedgerows, copses and crops, broken at intervals by rugged sandstone ridges such as Grinshill or Nesscliffe, and dissected by a complex network of canals.

Spilling over the border into neighbouring Cheshire and North Wales is the unique meres and mosses country, with serenely smooth lakes glinting silver, interspersed with russet-tinged expanses of alder-fringed peat bog, where only the cry of the curlew disturbs the silence. South of the Severn lies the Shropshire Hills AONB. It’s only when you walk Wenlock Edge that you fully discover what a magical place it is – glorious woods and unexpectedly steep slopes plunge to innumerable secret valleys, meadows, streams and farmhouses, all tucked away, invisible from the outside world. 

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