Tiny town hailed as the 'loveliest in England'

Ludlow
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A charming market town in Shropshire has been recognized for having some of the best food in the UK, according to a survey by Which? Travel. The survey asked over 9,000 people to rate the food and drink offerings in their favourite inland towns and villages.

The historic market town of Ludlow topped the list with the nation's best-rated food and drink. This picturesque place was the only inland location to receive a five-star rating for food.

Home to nearly 500 listed buildings, the thriving medieval town was once described by poet John Betjeman as “the loveliest town in England.” To complement its picture postcard looks, Ludlow also has a thriving culinary scene which focuses on finely crafted recipes using fresh, local ingredients, across a wide range of eateries.

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The pretty Shropshire town of Ludlow
The pretty Shropshire town has received a five-star rating for food -Credit:Getty

Speaking about the town, a Which? spokesperson said: “Instead of a handful of high-end eateries, there’s a culture of local produce, along with numerous pubs and cafes, all served by people who care about the food.”

Visitors to the town have rated The Old Downton Lodge the best in Ludlow according to Tripadvisor, while Vaughan’s Sandwich Bar leads for cafes. The Boyne Arms is a highly rated gastropub, and CSONS, a cafe by the river, is another popular spot.

The Old Downtown Lodge has a five-star rating on TripAdvisor

To experience the local ingredients, visit Ludlow on the second or fourth Thursday of the month for the Ludlow Local Produce Market. This market features food and drink produced within 30 miles of the town and promotes sustainable food.

Wells, the UK’s second-smallest city, was named the second-best inland destination for food. The top five destinations for foodies include:

  1. Ludlow, Shropshire

  2. Wells, Somerset

  3. Lavenham, Suffolk

  4. Llangollen, Denbighshire

  5. Stamford, Lincolnshire

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