Definitely one for Pub Curmudgeon next, as I dive into Ludlow, Queen of the Marches and default daytrip for the Kidderminster pashmina set.
I arrived in the drizzle, which tends to get pashminas wet, so the town wasn’t quite as hectic as on previous visits, though of course older Dads will insist on dragging bored sons round the castle in rain pointing out stonework.
As always, Japanese tourists and pub tickers are the hardiest, just ignoring the rain and getting on with it.
25 years ago the town seemed a bit otherworldly, but these days you’ll find a Costa and a Pizza Express, and that ultimate sign of the blandification;
Yes, the micropub had arrived. It was closed, of course.
Sadly, no-one has yet come forward to open the Feathers as a micro.
The main attraction in Ludlow remains afternoon tea, though I did see something that would appeal to Pub Curmudgeon and I.
Anyway, I was here for the Rose & Crown.
How had I missed this on previous visits ?
Joules have done a stunning job, and despite what these photos may suggest, there were already half a dozen (Posh) Old Boys in 2 minutes after the 11am opening, all spreading out around the rooms.
My first new Joules tick since Newport, Salop; I’d forgotten their attention to detail. They really are the Brunning & Price of Proper Pubs.
Polite staff, beer £3.30 a pint, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John (not in person) and seating with views to the courtyard.
A cool, foamy Pale (NBSS 3) left the lacings of the week, but perhaps I’d still pick the Nelson as my favourite Ludlow pub, and that’s not even in Ludlow.
Still, Salop was about to be pinked…