Hlud hlaw

After a good start Friday night is was time to explore Ludlow the following day. I swapped going for a run (lazy me) for tea and my book by the window. I rarely get the time to read these days so I enjoyed a bit of quiet me-time without a dog pestering me to go out for a walk. Bliss.

Brew with a view

The name Ludlow comes from the Old English word hlud meaning ‘loud’ or ‘roaring’ referring to the river Teme and hlaw which means ‘hill’ referring to the small hill the town is situated on.

Had booked a table at CSons for 9:15am right down by the river, run by the same people as the pizza place. Once more fantastic food and a menu from which we would’ve happily ordered anything including the vegetarian and vegan options.

Full English with a twist for Rich and middle Eastern inspired brekkie for me, both unsurprisingly lush! Well done CSons! Not to mention the brilliant service again. They really got a good thing going here and a packed room was surely evidence that this place was popular.

The Lebanese brekkie

Heading back into town we couldn’t not go via the market. Lovely selection of stalls with arts and crafts and some good food. Got me a glass of jam and some french pastry, Rich got himself a bottle of local cider and we then just had to buy some lovely handmade bowls to replace the age old ones at home.

Amazing details on some of the houses
Excellent French bakery

Walked around a bit afterwards trying to find a pub showing the rugby but really only found one. Well that’ll have to do. Over to the castle next. It really is quite impressive and has been there since the late 11th century starting as a Norman castle with a few alterations as the centuries went by.

Well worth the £8 fee we wandered around the grounds climbing up the towers here and there.

Back in town around mid-day I had a snooze whilst Rich had a cheeky pint at the Rose & Crown. Picked him up afterwards to head over to Ludlow Brewing which is situated in an old railway depot. Very suitable setting for craft beer and real ales.

Ludlow Brewing

Grabbed a few munchies and couple of bottles of wine near the market square and now being all shopped out went to try one more pub hoping for rugby and atmosphere.

Seems that pretty much all pubs are rather cosy here, they don’t like to have tellies tho. Fair play. Might not exactly fit a grade 2 listed building.

The Wheatsheaf

Back to the only sports bar / pub The Compass. Screens everywhere. Rugby on, busy. Settled in only to have our chosen screen being switched to the footy just before halftime. Cranes our necks a little to see another screen where the rugby was still going but with the sound from the footy coming out of the speakers. Uh well, not much we could do.

Headed down to the Blue Boar around 6:45 an hour early for our table, but still no problem to get seated. A other nice pub, this one rather busy and vibrant. Food was mostly Greek with a few British classics. Nice for a change. Both shared falafel starter, then had the moussaka and shared a banoffee pie for pudding.

Stuffed we wobbled back to the apartment all pub-ed out and wanting a chill more than another watering hole.

Great day in Ludlow. Nice chilled place with so much local produce, fair trade and pretty much pedestrianised centre. Nice chill vibe. Tomorrow we’re going for a walk in the hills before heading back home already.

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