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The Church Inn, Ludlow, Shropshire

The Church Inn

4.5
4.5
439 Reviews
£25 and under
British

Using Fresh and Locally sourced ingredients, The Church inn provides a menu of down to earth pub classics, perfect for snacking on with drinks or enjoying a hearty meal amongst friends.

Nourishing pies and traditional British desserts are served alongside an extensive selection of wines, beers and Ales for lunch an dinner.

A menu express is available from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

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Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–8:30 pm Sun 6:00 pm–8:15 pm

  • Phone number

    01584 874034

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Ludlow

  • Parking details

    Ludlow castle car park is available 200 yards from the church inn.

  • Public transit

    Assembly Rooms bus stop (2 minutes walk).<br />

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Small Plates

Great for sharing

  • Scotch Egg£6.00

    Chorizo Scotch Egg ~ Paprika Mayonnaise ~ Lane Cottage Salad

    • Whitebait£6.00

      Crispy Cornish Devilled Whitebait ~ Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise

      • Pickled Pear & Fennel Salad£8.00

        Pear ~ Fennel ~ Goats Cheese ~ Roast Hazelnuts ~ Honey & Mustard Dressing

        • Selection of Shropshire Salami Cured Meats£9.50

          Chorizo ~ Hunters ~ White Classic ~ Chili & Ale ~ Rosemary & Garlic ~ Fennel ~ Red Onion & Marmalade Chutney ~ Pickles

          • Crispy Pork Belly£9.25

            Pork Belly ~ Roast Pineapple & Peppers ~ Peanut Sauce~ Sesame seeds

            • Prawns & Chorizo£9.75

              Tiger Prawns ~ Chorizo ~ Garlic & Herb Butter

              • Squid£7.50

                Salt & Pepper Chilli Squid ~Sweet Chilli Sauce

                Mains

                • The Church Inn Burger£11.50

                  Bacon Cheeseburger ~ Brioche Bun ~ BBQ Sauce ~ Skinny Fries

                  • Hake Fillet£14.50

                    Pan Fried Hake Fillet ~ Spiced Lentils ~ Roasted Cauliflower ~ Coconut Puree ~ Spinach & Coriander

                    • Fish & Chips£13.95

                      Gluten Free Cider Battered Haddock ~ Chunky Chips ~ Minted Peas ~ Tartare Sauce

                      • Mcknight & Daughters 28 Days Dry Aged Beef£29.95

                        10oz Sirloin Steak ~ Chunky Chips ~ Onion Rings ~ Garlic & Thyme Flat Mushroom ~ Peppercorn Sauce

                        • Ploughman's Platter£13.50

                          Chorizo Scotch Egg ~ Local Pork Pie ~ Roasted Ham ~ Cheddar ~ Pickles & Olives ~ Selection of Crackers

                          • Venison Fillet£18.50

                            Heritage Carrots ~ Chive Pomme Puree ~ Cabbage & Bacon ~ Jus

                            • Vegan Curry£12.50

                              Roasted Cauliflower ~ Chickpea & Spinach Curry ~ Steamed Rice

                              • Steak Baguette£13.00

                                Bavette Steak Baguette ~ Caramelised Onion ~ Lane Cottage Salad ~ Shaved Parmesan ~ Skinny Fries

                                • Crayfish & Prawn Marie Rose Roll£12.50

                                  Crayfish & Prawn Marie Rose ~ Crusty Roll ~ Guacamole ~ Lane Cottage Salad ~ Skinny Fries

                                  Our Pies

                                  All Pies served with Mash and Side Seasonal Vegetables

                                  • 14 Hours Braised Beef & Ale Pie£13.50

                                    Swaledale Grass fed Beef, Ale, Roast Carrot & Celery, Onion Puree, Redcurrant Jelly, Mustard & Coriander seeds, Black Onion, Marjoram, Pepper

                                    • Roast Chicken & Leek Pie£13.50

                                      Slow Roast Chicken, Braised Leeks, Peas, White Wine, Bay Leaf, Lemon Juice & Zest, Parsley, Thyme, Maize, Poppy Seeds

                                      • Saag Aloo Pie (Medium Spiced)£13.50

                                        Maris pipers, spinach, chop masala, onion puree, garlic, cumin, ras-el-hanout, smoked red pepper, Kashmiri chili, methi, coriander

                                        Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                        What 439 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                        4.5
                                        4.5 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.5Food
                                        • 4.7Service
                                        • 4.4Ambience
                                        • 4.4Value

                                        NoiseModerate

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                                          Fit for Foodies

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                                        1. GH

                                          GreyHam

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          We always visit The Church when we are in Ludlow. The staff are always great and the food excellent, although on this visit we had to pass one of our main courses back. The meal was fairly cold and when returned the staff were very apologetic, the kitchen produced a complete new plate of food so the only complaint was that I had nearly finished my meal when my wife’s new plate of food arrived. The only reason I scored “value for money” a bit low is that I had cod supreme with tiger prawns, it was absolutely fabulous but I thought £21 was pricey when the fish was a piece of cod and there was only 2 prawns. It was a bit noisy this visit mainly down to some loud locals standing at the bar, they should have been told to tone it down a bit. All in all a great place to visit and eat, and we will certainly be back the next time we are in Ludlow, we have never had any issues of any description in the past and these small issues this trip does not change our views.

                                        2. PJ

                                          PhilippaJ

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                          Food really good,had pie and fish and chips,desserts great also. Wine a little expensive but sign of the times!

                                        3. PJ

                                          PeterJ

                                          Essex

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          We were blow-ins so this was a late booking but all went well invluding the choice of table. Beef and ale pie was up to scratch as was the sweet potato, and the landlord's info on his selection of ales was spot on.

                                        4. EO

                                          EirianO

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Enjoyed the experience. Staff very pleasant. Food tasty and good value. Would visit again .

                                        5. P

                                          Parks

                                          Birmingham

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Always love visiting the Church Inn great staff great food and great beer thank you

                                        6. G

                                          Grandis12

                                          Bedfordshire

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on May 13, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Really enjoyed the eating experience here. Ambiance was good and it was clean, friendly & welcoming. The menu was varied and the beer poured well. Service was excellent the girls were so lovely. We had one of the steak pies and the cod. Extra gravy asked for and it arrived straight away. Plates were hot and food delicious. Cannot fault it. Highly recommend a meal here - it’s dog friendly too in one area.

                                        7. RS

                                          RuthS

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          We ate at the church on a Sunday evening. There didn’t seem to be many restaurants open in the town. Good choice of beers and gin! Lovely staff We just had starters and desserts All very tasty

                                        8. WB

                                          WayneB

                                          Shropshire

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely brilliant food, good selection of beers, very friendly staff.

                                        9. MG

                                          MichaelG

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Excellent food and service. Food is actually better than that at the Charlton Arms

                                        10. JS

                                          JonnyS

                                          South Wales

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Really nice food, great service, lovely interior,

                                        11. HN

                                          HelenN

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Easy to book, great service, fabulous food. Would definitely recommend.

                                        12. AG

                                          AndrewG

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food and service, really appreciate you fitting us in early

                                        13. MM

                                          MalcolmM

                                          London

                                          6 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                          A very warm welcome in this establishment which is located in the centre of Ludlow. The Sunday lunch was pricier than we often pay but the quality of the food justified the price. Would certainly recommend.

                                        14. JB

                                          JaneB

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Fantastic meal, staff were welcoming and nothing was too much trouble, would definitely eat here again.

                                        15. l

                                          leeg

                                          London

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Fabulous food and especially great pies! Wonderful service and excellent beers. Very impressed!

                                        16. KH

                                          KateH

                                          Worcestershire

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          Great food, really excellent service! A little too expensive to visit as regularly as I’d like for Sunday dinner, but the perfect choice for an occasional visit.

                                        17. G

                                          Gggh

                                          Warwickshire

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                          Excellent food. Great service. Much better than expected from the outside!

                                        18. LK

                                          LauraK123

                                          Surrey

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely lovely meal, great service and very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended.

                                        19. BA

                                          BizzyA

                                          London

                                          4 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on April 22, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                                          Lovely vibrant pub good town centre position Great waitress Good food but you need to offer a cheeseboard!!!

                                        20. LG

                                          LisaG

                                          Shropshire

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 20, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Visied The Church Inn twice in one week, it was that good. Food was fantastic and freshly prepared. The staff were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about the food and drinks they sell. The atmosphere down stairs was much better than the upstairs seating, much livelier with all the locals there. Overall it is excellent value for money and wish it was closer to home. Will definitely return if ever we are in Ludlow again. Thank you to you all.

                                        21. J

                                          Jezz

                                          East Lothian

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on April 20, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          As usual we enjoyed a superb meal at the Church Inn. We love eating here. It is always a great experience.

                                        22. C

                                          Catherine

                                          Worcestershire

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 18, 2022

                                          overall2food2service3ambience3

                                          The staff were good and the food was tasty, however, for the cost of the meals being quite high, the amount served was quite minimal to the extent we were still hungry and didn't want to pay the price for the puddings. Had the meals been more substantial, along with better value for money, then I would have scored this meal higher.

                                        23. SA

                                          SimonA

                                          West Sussex

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          Lovely Sunday dinner, in a picturesque location. Staff are helpful and very knowledgable. Wide selection of beers, gins and wines. Very generous portion sizes for mains, hearty feast. Would recommend and thank you for looking after us! PS sounds strange, but the beer keg urinals are a charming touch!

                                        24. JB

                                          JayneB

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 15, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Went in for Good Friday fish and chips with my mum. Fish was cooked to perfection with delicious crispy batter. The chips were fluffy inside and crisp on the outside. Would definitely recommend.

                                        25. FP

                                          FiPenguin

                                          Surrey

                                          3 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 12, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                          Friendly service … lovely pie and had a bit of an issue as one of the measl was a bit cold but all sorted quickly and efficiently..

                                        26. GC

                                          GraemeC

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          My partner had delicious roast pork with all the trimmings and I had a great burger

                                        27. JG

                                          JoyG

                                          Birmingham

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Pub food at its best. We live in Ludlow and would definitely recommend

                                        28. J

                                          Janb

                                          Warwickshire

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 6, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Great good and service the only glitch was the fire was and it was far too hot in there, requested to move to a cooler table which they happily obliged Would definitely return

                                        29. CP

                                          CarolineP

                                          Shropshire

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 5, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Had a lovely meal, quick friendly service, highly recommend

                                        30. RV

                                          RichardV

                                          Yorkshire

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on April 5, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Welcoming, dog friendly and comfortable. An ideal venue for a special meal

                                        31. SH

                                          SueH

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 4, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                                          Have been before and I’ve always been happy with the food and service. Evenings can be noisy but tables upstairs away from the bar and people coming in and out are much quieter. In the centre of my favourite town of Ludlow and not far from the central carpark. Certainly would recommend it.

                                        32. CB

                                          ClaireB

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 1, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great service, friendly atmosphere. Best fish and chips and dog friendly which makes the evening for us. We’ll be back!

                                        33. F

                                          Finkky

                                          Gloucestershire

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 19, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          We had a very pleasant lunch at The Church Inn with friendly, efficient service. The food was normal pub fare but cooked really well- there is definitely a good chef working hard in the kitchen here. Enjoyed it very much & will return next time we visit Ludlow. You do need to book beforehand or you are unlikely to get a table, we saw several people turned away because they hadn’t booked.

                                        34. C

                                          Clare

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 18, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          Good food and excellent service from young waiting staff. Pricing was a little high, and was very noisy in upstairs seating area with poor acoustics.

                                        35. A

                                          Annmm

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 18, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Outstanding food, freshly cooked and with immense flavours. Very very pleased.

                                        36. AL

                                          AnneL

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                                          overall3food5service1ambience4

                                          Good tasty, beautifully cooked and presented food Service unacceptable

                                        37. CA

                                          CAROLU

                                          South Wales

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                          A lovely pub serving very imaginative and tasty food .The service was excellent, extremely professional staff .Would highly recommend

                                        38. SE

                                          ScoER

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Too many covers downstairs, maybe more expansive menu? Best beer on draught though, nice atmosphere and relaxed. Use curtain at front door please or chilly for eating customers.

                                        39. JT

                                          JaneT

                                          Shropshire

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 10, 2022

                                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                                          Delicious food, friendly and helpful staff. Cosy atmosphere. Will definitely visit again.

                                        40. TW

                                          TerryW

                                          Liverpool

                                          4 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on March 9, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Excellent meal at the Church Inn! My companion had the steak and ale pie and claimed it to be the best pie she had ever had. We are in Ludlow for a week and enjoyed the food and the place so much we have booked another evening before we return home. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend giving it a try if you find yourself in the area.

                                        Safety precautions

                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                          • Contactless payment available
                                        • Physical distancing

                                          • Limited number of seated diners
                                          • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                          • Extra space between tables
                                        • Screening

                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                        FAQs

                                        The Church Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 439 OpenTable diners.

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                                        Booked 9 times today
                                        Google Map for The Church Inn

                                        The Buttercross Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AW

                                        Additional information

                                        • Neighborhood

                                          Ludlow

                                        • Hours of operation

                                          Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–8:30 pm Sun 6:00 pm–8:15 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          British

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Dining

                                        • Dress code

                                          Casual Dress

                                        • Parking details

                                          Ludlow castle car park is available 200 yards from the church inn.

                                        • Public transit

                                          Assembly Rooms bus stop (2 minutes walk).

                                        • Payment options

                                          MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Additional

                                          Bar/Lounge, Beer, Wine

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