The mid-nineteenth century listing building, formerly a hotel, re-opened as The George Ludlow recently. It was one of those rare cases where a building has been brought back into use as a pub and they have done a splendid job.
It’s absolutely huge, a winding network of nooks and crannies. Just perfect for an intimate drink with loved ones. The building apparently has a more historic core, according to the listing records. It has been beautifully refurbished in a light, airy and contemporary style. It feels fresh, clean and welcoming.
The pub offers a Mediterranean style menu, including wood-fired pizza. This is no doubt a nod to the former occupants, Pizza Express, who must have left some infrastructure in place that it was common sense to make use of!
The drinks are on me
I just stopped by for a drink and a nosy. It was bustling, as you would expect for a piping hot day on Ludlow Food Festival weekend. Cask options were two from locals Ludlow Brewery, and a slightly incongruous feeling London Pride. My Ludlow Gold was in prime condition, extremely refreshing as I enjoyed the sun in the roomy beer garden. There is a nice terrace which is perfect for eating al fresco (who knows how long this sunny spell will last, so make the most of it!)
The team were friendly and welcoming, but clearly getting to grips with their new roles. I guess the level was of trade was unprecedented for them as there was definitely a glass collecting issue! But that is just a minor wrinkle. I wish the new team well and definitely recommend stopping by on your next trip to Ludlow because it is a stunning building and a real dream of a new pub.
The team didn’t know I was visiting and intending to write up my experience. I paid for my bill in full, and this is my own unbiased opinion. What you see is what you get I’m afraid!