The Charlton Arms Pub with rooms in Ludlow, Shropshire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Revitalised inn beside River Teme
  • Modern British cooking; classics too
  • Contemporary rooms; river views
  • Suite has hot tub on terrace
  • Terraces have fab river & town views
  • Dogs & kids welcome

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Overview

The Charlton Arms Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1PJ

The personal touch

Smack beside the River Teme and overlooking Ludlow’s iconic Ludford Bridge, the striking Charlton Arms has seen a new lease of life since Cedric and Amy Bosi took over the pub in late 2014. Although always popular, thanks to its fabulous waterside terraces and proximity to stunning riverside and forest walks, the Bosi’s have transformed the place into comfortable inn, refurbishing the nine en suite rooms (most have river views), and firmly placing the pub at the forefront of Ludlow’s dining scene. However, Cedric is no stranger to Ludlow. He arrived from Lyon in France in 2000 to work alongside his chef-brother Claude at the famed Hibiscus Restaurant in the town and in 2005 they put the Bell at Yarpole on Herefordshire’s food map, before heading south to London in 2010 to run two pubs in west London, when Claude relocated Hibiscus (two Michelin stars) to the capital. Cedric and Amy returned to Ludlow in 2014 to open their own pub having secured the lease on the Charlton Arms. It may be foodie focused but there’s a cracking bar serving four locally brewed real ales and a big welcome to dogs and families. Both the informal dining area of the bar, with sought after bay window tables, and the restaurant overlook the river, with the latter recently extended with folding glass doors leading to the summer alfresco dining terrace.

Sticky fingers

Families are very welcome throughout the pub; kids have their own menu and smaller portions are served; and there is a family room, plus cots and extra beds are available

Muddy paws

The pub is very dog friendly; they are allowed in the bar and overnight in all the bedrooms (£15 per night)

Alfresco

Two fabulous terraces are very popular with diners and drinkers on fine sunny days, as the views across Ludlow and up the Teme Valley are stunning. Watch the Teme tumble below Ludford Bridge from the upper terrace with a pint of Ludlow Gold or from the lower restaurant terrace as you dine alfresco (book early).

 

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin: £100-£160

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining areas
  • Parking

Gongs

Michelin Bib Gourmand; AA 5 Star Inn & 1 Rosette

Sleep

The Charlton Arms Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1PJ

Do not disturb

Comfortable and well-equipped bedrooms ramble across the upper floor of the pub – all are named after Shakespeare characters and most enjoy stunning views of the River Teme, medieval Ludford Bridge and the appealing townscape of Ludlow. The best, the Othello Suite, offers more space and French doors leading to a private terrace with posh cane chairs, olive trees in planters, and cracking views of the tumbling Teme, best enjoyed from the hot tub with a glass of champagne. You can also savour the view from the rattan-style king-size bed and the bathroom has a deep tub, a walk-in rain shower and Alogotherm soaps and lotions. Rooms are simply furnished in relaxing contemporary style with statement wall coverings and a mix of old pine, retro and more modern furnishings. Balthasar and Montague are beamed; Capulet has a roll top bath and a separate walk-in shower. Plans are to convert the downstairs function room into three spacious suites in early 2019. Each one will have its own private terrace directly above the tumbling Teme with great views of Ludford Bridge. Cedric and Amy also own The Townhouse, a beautifully restored B&B (9 rooms) in the heart of Ludlow.

 

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin: £100-£160

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining areas
  • Parking

Gongs

Michelin Bib Gourmand; AA 5 Star Inn & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The Charlton Arms Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1PJ

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£9; Main Courses: £9.50-£18.50; Desserts £6-£8.50)

Short monthly menus make sound use of fresh local ingredients and feature hearty pub classics alongside more inventive modern British dishes. Head chef Kristian’s consistent cooking certainly impressed the Michelin inspector, as the Charlton Arms was one of the few pubs to receive a Bib Gourmand for 2019, which are awarded to pubs and restaurants offering for high quality food at reasonable prices. Typically, from an October dinner menu, start with spiced Scotch egg with minted yoghurt, or seared scallops with chorizo, pea puree and lemon vinaigrette. Move on to hake with mussel broth, spinach and pork crumb, duck breast with spiced orange chicory and truffle mash, or a chargrilled sirloin steak with braised onion sauce, mushrooms, chips and charred baby gem, before rounding off with pear frangipane tart with lemon sorbet or sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and salted caramel ice cream. At lunchtime, tuck into fish pie or a classic bacon cheeseburger, or try what we ordered, warm ham hock and fried egg on toasted sourdough with skinny fries and salad, a light and delicious modern take on ham, egg and chips. Meat is sourced from the counties within the Marches – note the grass fed roast beef and the rare breed pork loin (served with all the trimmings) on the Sunday lunch menu. At the bar you’ll find four local real ales on tap, perhaps Ludlow Gold, Hobson’s Best and Wye Valley Butty Bach, a short, interesting list of wines (14 by the glass or carafe), and a decent selection of boutique gins and malt whiskies.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (8.30pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (12 midnight Saturday; 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin: £100-£160

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining areas
  • Parking

Gongs

Michelin Bib Gourmand; AA 5 Star Inn & 1 Rosette

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Charlton Arms

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Ludlow Brewing Company, Ludlow SY8 2PQ

In converted railway shed, this artisan brewery doesn't do guided tours as such but you can pick up bottles of brews like Ludlow Best and Black Knight from the shop and it also has its own small bar where you can taste before you buy.

3

The Three Tuns, Salop Street, Bishops Castle SY9 5BW

The renowned and historic Three Tuns and adjoining brewery (under separate ownership) has been the community hub of this unique little town since 1642. Explore the independent shops and rest and refuel on good food and a pint of Clerics Cure at this friendly and unassuming pub.

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The Ludlow Food Centre, Bromfield SY8 2JR

Part of the Oakly Park Estate, the Ludlow Food Centre offers a unique food shopping experience where farming, food production and retailing come together under one roof. Buy beef, lamb, Old Spot pork and game reared on the estate, and vegetables from the walled garden, as well as top quality produce from local artisan producers, many of whom make the food by hand on the premises. Allow time for breakfast, coffee or lunch at the excellent all-day Ludlow Kitchen Restaurant.

6

Hobson’s Brewery, Cleobury Mortimer DY14 8RD

Established in Cleobury Mortimer by the Davis family in 1993, Hobsons is one of the leading craft brewers in Shropshire and one of the most sustainable breweries in the country. The owners are passionate about craft and provenance and the primary ingredients are sourced within 30 miles of the brewery. Look out for the brewery nights and foodie events at the brewery, which includes a brewery tour and beer tastings.

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Wye Valley Brewery, Stoke Lacey HR7 4HG

Wye Valley Brewery is a friendly, family-run brewery that cares about real ales, real pubs and real people. Established by Peter Amor in 1985, the brewery moved to Stoke Lacy in 2002 and it is now recognised as Herefordshire’s leading cask ale brewery. You can visit the Brewery Shop and there are regular brewery tours and tastings during the year.

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Harp Lane Deli, 4 Church Street, Ludlow SY8 1AP

Established in 2014, this independent deli is run by people who are passionate about quality food and drink. Food is fresh prepared daily in the kitchen using seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. Call by for excellent coffee and cake, warm lunches or choose sandwiches, terrines and tarts from the deli counter, and peruse the shelves full of goodies to take home.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Charlton Arms

Activities

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The Edge Adventure Activities Centre, Much Wenlock TF13 6DB

The Edge Adventure Activities Centre at Much Wenlock, south-east of Shrewsbury, offers the chance to indulge in a huge range of popular activities. There's clay pigeon shooting, archery, zip wire, quad biking and much more. It's a great venue for a family party or a birthday treat.

8

The Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth WV16 4AX

There can be no finer way of seeing and appreciating the Shropshire and Worcestershire countryside than from the carriage of a steam train. The 16-mile heritage line runs along the Severn Valley from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.

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Bridgnorth Golf Club WV16 4SF

This picturesque 18-hole, mainly parkland golf course is a delight to play. Some holes are on springy hillside turf, while others are on land overlooking the Severn flood plain.

10

Ironbridge River Cruises TF8 7NJ

Enjoy the River Severn from the water at Ironbridge and get a unique view of the world-famous, historic structure. Gliding through the water, you may even spot otters, deer and kingfishers. There’s always plenty to see on the Severn.

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Fly with Buzzards , Church Stretton SY6 6TA

Soar above Shropshire in the company of buzzards, savouring the stunning views of verdant landscapes from a two-seater glider. One-day flying courses are available to give you a taste of adventure.

Shopping

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Roses & Fishes, Broad Street, Ludlow SY8 1GZ

This boutique-style shop in Ludlow's elegant town centre offers a wide and striking range of inspiring items, including soft furnishings, furniture, table lamps, chandeliers and limited-edition prints, plus original works of art and jewellery.

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55 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1BB

Shopping is a real pleasure at 55 Mill Street in Ludlow - a collection of traders housed among the historic buildings in this wonderful old town. Expect a treasure-trove of decorative antiques, French brocante (bric-a-brac), vintage clothing and textiles, architectural antiques and garden furniture. 01584 877200.

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Burway Books, Church Stretton SY6 6BN

Situated in the charming little Shropshire town of Church Stretton, Burway Books is a proudly independent bookshop where you can browse and buy to your heart's content. Expect to see some of the very collectable Lone Pine titles by Malcolm Saville - the stories are set in the locality.

7

Bodenhams, Broad Street, Ludlow SY8 1NG

Bodenhams on Ludlow's picturesque Broad Street is the place to go for an extensive range of men's and ladies wear for use indoors or outdoors. The black-and-white timber-framed building in which the shop is based dates back more than 600 years.

Places to visit

3

Attingham Park, Atcham SY4 4TP

Attingham Park is Shropshire's leading year-round attraction, and with its acres of parkland, miles of walks, walled kitchen garden and graceful mansion, you can see why it draws so many visitors.

12

Ironbridge Gorge, Ironbridge, TF8 7DQ

With its steep-sided, densely wooded hillsides and awesome industrial legacy, Ironbridge Gorge is one of the most dramatic landmarks in the region – if not the whole country. There’s so much to see and discover that a visit to the museums at Ironbridge – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and often described as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution - can grab your attention for hours, even days.

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Shipton Hall, Much Wenlock TF13 6JZ

Located in a glorious setting in the Corvedale Valley, southwest of Much Wenlock, Shipton Hall is renowned for its stunning views and gardens. A prime example of Elizabethan domestic architecture, a stone dovecote, 12th-century church, four-storey tower and rococo interior décor enhance Shipton’s appeal.

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Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock TF13 6HS

Shropshire contains many hidden gems and this is surely one of them. Wenlock is all that remains of a medieval priory. During the 19th century it was the home of William Pennybrookes, a leading figure in the local Wenlock Olympian Games, which are still running today.

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Bodenham Arboretum, near Kidderminster DY11 5TB

A short distance to the northwest of Kidderminster, Bodenham Arboretum is an oasis of trees, shrubs, pools, meadows and avenues where you’ll find more than 3,000 species from all parts of the world. The Arboretum covers 156 acres and there is an award-winning, environmentally sensitive building housing a visitor centre and lakeside restaurant.

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Upton Cressett Hall, near Bridgnorth WV16 6UH

Upton Cressett is a splendid 16th-century Elizabethan moated manor house with a Grade-I-listed turreted gatehouse. John Betjeman described it as ‘a remote and beautiful place.’ Working Tudor fireplaces, a banqueting room and an original oak spiral staircase are among the hall’s many features.

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Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury SY1 2AT

You’ll find a great deal to occupy and entertain you in the historic border town of Shrewsbury, including its wonderful castle housing the impressive collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust. Expect uniforms, paintings, weapons and medals from the 18th century to the present day.

18

Acton Scott Farm, Church Stretton SY6 6QN

Located in 18th-century buildings to the south of Church Stretton, Acton Scott’s historic working farm is a great visitor attraction for all the family to enjoy. Its key aim is to provide a fascinating glimpse of rural life at the turn of the 19th century.

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Dudmaston, Quatt, Bridgnorth WV15 6QN

The story of this 17th-century country house, south of Bridgnorth, has a fascinating contemporary twist. Discover Dudmaston’s family history in the lived-in family rooms and the see the wonderful art galleries, described as housing ‘one of the most important private modern art collections in a country house setting.’

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Chillington Hall, Brewood WV8 1RE

The present hall is 18th century and the parkland was landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in about 1730. In the grounds you’ll find a spot known as ‘Giffard’s Cross.’ This is where a previous owner, Sir John Giffard, is alleged to have killed a panther with an arrow from a crossbow.

21

Boscobel House, Brewood ST19 9AR

Over the years historic Boscobel House, not far from Chillington Hall, has been a farmhouse, a hunting lodge and even a holiday home. However, its greatest claim to fame is as a hiding place for Charles II after the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Walking

www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/walking

On Ludlow’s doorstep lie miles of byways and bridleways, threading their way across some of Britain’s most spectacular landscapes. The glorious border country of Shropshire and Herefordshire is a walker’s paradise. Most ramblers head for the four dramatic ridges of Wenlock Edge, the Long Mynd, the Stiperstones and the Clee Hills – A E Housman’s ‘blue remembered hills’. There is also a host of gentler, less demanding walks to enjoy throughout the region, and a stroll through Mortimer Forest is the perfect prelude to a fine dinner.

Cycling

www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/cycling

There’s huge potential for cycling in Shropshire, with many good circular routes starting in the county’s market towns. For something more adventurous, try the Shropshire Cycleway, which follows the county’s meandering boundary. There are also various national cycle routes running throughout the region, including the Mercian Way and the Six Castles Cycleway.

Events

www.foodfestival.co.uk

www.ludlowfringe.co.uk

www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk

www.shropshiretourism.co.uk

www.bridgnorthfestival.org.uk

The Wenlock Olympic Games, held every July, is one of the region’s more unusual traditions. Elsewhere, there are festivals, carnivals, fairs, shows and exhibitions throughout Shropshire all year round. The Ludlow Spring Festival in May is famous for its classic cars, great real ales and fantastic music. In summer, Ludlow comes alive during its annual fringe festival, and in September the historic old town plays host to the popular food festival where you’ll find passionate local chefs, workshops, hands-on cookery demonstrations and foodie surprises. The Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival, held from mid-August until early September, includes great music, art, film, poetry and much more.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From the A49 south or north of Ludlow, follow the B4361 towards the town centre. Charlton Arms is located beside Ludford Bridge and the River Teme. Parking to the rear of the pub

By Rail: Ludlow station is an easy half-mile walk or taxi ride away.

Address:

Ludford Bridge, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1PJ

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