FOOD & DRINK IN THE LOCAL AREA
We can definitely recommend Housmans in the town which has good ales and a varied menu of modern European food. Often there is live music at the end of the dining area on quieter nights of the week so do check their website.
Probably the best pubs in the local area are the Green Dragon and The Ragleth Inn (food 12-2.15pm, 6.30-9pm) in Little Stretton, which is around a mile walk. In particular the Green Dragon is open all day serving food and is very well reviewed and has a great selection of ales (including Butty Bach and HPA from Wye Valley Brewery) and ciders on tap and great food, although you’ll likely need to call and book on 01694722925. For the more adventurous there is a 4.5 mile walk taking in the hills. For the exact route download ‘OS Maps’ and take their free 7-day trial of the 1:25,000 map and search on Routes for ‘Clearviews to Green Dragon’ or click here to view the route or on your smartphone to open it. Another great walk is to The Royal Oak (closed Mondays, 12-2.30pm & 6-9pm food) in Cardington with the optional route over Caer Caradoc with spectacular views.
Catch is a new restaurant and bar that opened in November 2017 together with the Stretton Ale House which opens daily from 12-10.30pm (closes at 8pm Sundays). Note that some restaurants close selectively on Mondays.
The Yew Tree Inn pub and restaurant in All Stretton (200m along the road) has recently re-opened to the public and offers a warm welcome and decent ales and food.
Or try a five mile walk (2.5 hours, click here for route) over the Long Mynd to The Bridges in Ratlinghope which offers a wide selection of ales from the Three Tuns Brewery and good food, then catch the shuttle bus back into Church Stretton. Another destination is the Ludlow Brewery by the rail station in Ludlow which opens 10-5pm (6pm Fridays) serving award-winning ale Ludlow Gold. Also The Plough Inn at Winstantow is tied to Woods Brewery and offers food and ales at lunchtime and evening.
In Church Stretton the Sawaddee Thai restaurant in the market square is very good and the Jaipur Lounge Indian restaurant on the main street is popular. The Kings Arms (recently renovated and expanded serving food all day) and The Bucks Head are both character traditional pubs.
Further afield Fishmore Hall just outside Ludlow offers an amazing tasting menu at £70/head and also The Station at Marshbrook offers a selection of great steaks and ales. The Clive offers traditional British food on the same site as The Ludlow Food Centre which offers a wide selection of local produce if you plan to cook at the lodge.
For a decent cooked breakfast try the Lazy Trout Cafe or a more traditional breakfast in Jemima’s Kitchen at Victoria House. There are several cafe and coffee houses including Mr Bun the Baker, Ginger & Green Coffee House, Holly Bush Cafe and Berry’s. The Applegreen petrol station on the A49 also has a Subway and Costa Coffee (6am-7pm).
The Indian and Thai restaurants in Church Stretton offer takeaway collection, as well as The New Ruby and Ying Wah (chinese), Flamingo’s Pizza & Kebab House, Best Kebab & Burger House and Church Stretton Fish Bar (12-2, 5-9).
PRIVATE CATERING AT CLEARVIEWS
REAL CATERING COMPANY
The Real Catering Company can organise anything from cakes to filling your Clearviews fridge/freezer with easy stew and meals for you. They can support Afternoon Teas, Wedding Breakfasts, Hog Roasts, BBQs and cakes but our favourite has to be their dinner party menus which are cooked and served by your very own waitress and chef – this chef is a cut above so is our most expensive option.
Pre Dinner Drink: Chilled Mango Bellini
Appetiser: Tapenade Crostini
Starter: Fillet of Lemon Sole with Salmon and Prawn Mousse and a Lobster Sauce
Main Course: Fillet of Rare Breed Beef with Braised Ox Cheek and Wild Mushrooms
Fresh Pasta Ravioli Served with a Rich Red Wine Sauce
Steamed Asparagus, French Green Beans with Garlic and Pom Dauphinoise
Pre Dessert: Raspberry and Prosecco Jelly
Dessert: Pistachio Cake, Apple Terrine and Green Apple Sorbet
Finally: Fresh Brewed Filter Coffee and Homemade Chocolate Truffles
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JANE WILDE CATERING
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Prices: Dinner party min 8 people £29.50 per person
Jenny’s Catering can support a dinner party from £29 per person. They can also provide foil trays for large groups that you just pop in the oven which we can recommend as we use them ourselves when family come to stay and I am too busy to cook (don’t tell them as they don’t know!).
OTHER FOOD AND DRINK SERVICES
REAL ALE DELIVERY
Woods brewery was founded in 1980 in premises adjacent to the Plough Inn, Wistanstow on the southern
edge of the South Shropshire hills. They brew a range of regular and seasonal beers which are available on draught and in bottles. They can deliver 10 or 20 litre (18 or 36 pint) casks, 9 gallon casks or bottles by the dozen. For prices and to place an order please contact Jo Varcoe directly.
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Prices from: 18 pints from £30.50 or 12 bottles from £24. £5 delivery on a Friday
Premier Estates Wine produces good value prosecco for only £6.50 a bottle and free delivery (at time of writing).
Tanners Wines is family‐owned, family‐run and resolutely independent wine merchant based in Shrewsbury. It has been a family shipper of estate wines since 1842 and is run by James Tanner, who is the fourth generation of the family to work in the company. Good traditional service is what Tanners is about, but ‘traditional’ in the best sense of the word. In recent years Tanners has won many important national awards and accolades acknowledging the firm as one of the very best wine merchants in the UK.
Also see Wine Tasting on the ‘Things To Do' page.