Old Downton Lodge
“Creative cuisine in an idyllic Shropshire hideaway” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Not far from foodie Ludlow, idyllic Old Downton Lodge overlooks the Welsh Marches. Originally a farmhouse and cider mill, the lodge comprises a fascinating cluster of buildings – medieval, half-timbered, Georgian – around a courtyard filled with herbs and flowers. Dating from Norman times, the restaurant feels like the great hall of a castle with its stone walls, tapestry and chandelier. Nick Bennett’s team follow the seasons. Start with well-balanced cod satay with pak choi, spring onion and coriander; continue with Creedy Carver duck with chicory braised in orange, and crunchy candied walnuts, then end it all with caramel chocolate mousse, hazelnut ice cream and praline.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 25
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Steps for wheelchair: 5
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: Christmas
- Wines under £30: 4
- Wines over £30: 50
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
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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