It's true: Ludlow may have found fame for its Michelin Stars and for being the very epicentre of the UK's Slow Food movement, but Shropshire’s local eateries seem to have drawn inspiration from those facts. Perhaps too it's because so much outstanding local produce fills the busy markets and delicatessens; and this excellent fare now filters into every aspect of dining, from picnic to pub lunch to candlelit dinner.
Each Shropshire town is rich with the smell of fresh bread issuing from bakeries, the glistening pink of locally reared pork sausages hanging in butchers’ windows and the colourful fruits and vegetables that illuminate our market stalls.
For connoisseurs, Shropshire specialises in rare breed farming, so if you can tell your Old Spot from your Tamworth, there’s plenty to tease your palate. With ingredients like that, it’s no wonder the area attracts brilliant chefs, with two Shropshire restaurants currently starred in the Michelin Guide, and many more hot on their heels.
Rocke Cottage Tearooms may also be your cup of tea. It is rather special based on a 1930’s tea-room. It’s the sort of place where you might actually think you saw Miss Marple.
Aside from the glitz of the Michelin man, we can thank our rich soils for higher food quality all round. Rosettes abound, and our pubs are frequently winners of national awards. Shrewsbury alone is home to 30 restaurants, without including its many cafés, hotels and pubs. To see Shropshire food in all its glory, visit Ludlow as it hosts the annual Marches Food and Drink Festival in September – Meanwhile not to be left out Bridgnorth has its own annual food fair, a celebration of local food, held in the High Street in August.