Splendid range of real ales and good food in character town-centre pub; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
The ground floor of this historic pub is divided into three appealingly decorated areas, with hops hanging from heavy beams and comfortable banquettes in cosy alcoves; the pulpit and pews come from a local church. A long central area has a fine stone fireplace, a chess table and board games, while the civilised lounge bar upstairs has high ceilings and big windows giving good views of St Laurence's church and the surrounding countryside. Friendly staff serve a fine range of real ales such as Hobsons Best, Ludlow Blonde and Gold, Salopian Darwins Origin, Woods Take 5 and a rotating guest on handpump, ten wines by the glass, 50 gins (including several local ones) and a farm cider; background music. There are picnic-sets in the back garden (which they share with the church). At the top of the building are four comfortable rooms with balconies and church views, and they also have nine smart rooms in their nearby Town House. Cedric Bosi (who owns the Church Inn with his brother Claude) also runs the Charlton Arms down the hill.
The good pub guide food review
Rewarding food includes lunchtime sandwiches, breaded scampi with pineapple salsa and curry sauce, black pudding scotch egg, ploughman's, beer-battered haddock and chips, curry-roasted cauliflower steak with stir-fry quinoa and chimmichurri sauce, pork chop with dauphinoise potatoes, cabbage and bacon, fisherman's pie, 8oz rump steak with onion rings and peppercorn sauce, and puddings such as lemon cheesecake with raspberry sorbet and crème brûlée.
Hospitality is in the genes of brothers Claude & Cedric Bosi.
Growing up in their family-owned Lyon bistro, they learnt from a young age the importance of creating a welcoming home-from-home environment for each and every guest whom visits.
Shropshire was the brothersu2019 first UK home when they originally arrived two decades ago, and have been reluctant to part with the area ever since.
Claude & Cedric pride themselves in being u201cmore English than Frenchu201d in lots of ways, and have restored well-loved local destinations to ensure they will continue to be part of the local heritage for many more years to come.
The Church Inn; nestled in the centre of the idyllic Shropshire town of Ludlow, is a Grade II listed building which harbours the warmth and character one would expect from what was originally an 14th Century house. Open year-round, traditional and hearty British pub fayre is served in favorable contemporary surrounds.
Hand-picked ales are a particular highlight, and are proudly sourced from local breweries within Shropshire itself, and also from the neighboring West Midlands.