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Overview

As you drive along the A49 just north of Ludlow the Clive Arms is impossible to miss. It is a striking building, a farmhouse in the 18th century and once occupied by Clive of India - his original coat of arms hangs above the fire in the vaulted and beamed lounge bar.

The Oakly Park Estate on which land it sits took control of the operation in recent years and totally revamped the place in 2019, redesigning the interior and adding three extra bedrooms to create a very stylish and informal inn.

The bar is a bright modern area sporting a cool, retro feel, with wood floors, fat radiators, leather chairs and booth seating, and an eclectic mix of artwork. There's a more traditional space with brick and stone walls where you can dine beside the log fire and you can sink into deep sofas beside a blazing wood-burning stove in the smart lounge area. Beyond is the contemporary-smart dining room. On warmer days take your drinks out onto the sheltered rear terrace.

Rooms from

18 doubles/twin; 1 family suite: £100

Good to know

All credit cards taken

Disabled access

Alfresco & private dining

Parking

No dogs overnight

Ludlow farm shop

Located behind the Clive Arms, the Ludlow Farm Shop offers a unique food shopping experience where farming, food production and retailing come together under one roof. Buy beef, lamb, Old Spot pork and game reared on the estate, and vegetables from the walled garden, as well as produce from local artisan producers.

A touch of culture

A vivid introduction to traditional rural life can be seen at the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum, with plenty of rare breeds, and crops cultivated using old rotation methods; all the work is done by hand or horse power, with period farm machinery. Craft demonstrations too.

Rooms

Behind the inn and well away from the A49, a group of barns set around a courtyard has been converted into fifteen stylish yet uncluttered bedrooms.

All have beams and are simply furnished in modern country style - think, rich fabrics, quirky wallpaper, comfortable Hypnos beds with handmade headboards, woollen throws and scatter cushions, upholstered easy chairs, Roberts radios, and decent beverage trays with local Trumpers teas, fresh coffee and homemade biscuits from the Farm Shop.

The ground floor rooms have pale wooden floors and overlook the courtyard, while the thickly carpeted rooms on the first floor have skylights in the roof, so the only thing missing is a view. Three new rooms above the inn offer more space and comfort - huge beds, Smart TVs, desk space and big bathrooms with roll-top tubs and walk-in showers, and posh 100 Acres toiletries.

Restaurant & bar

Provenance really matters to the kitchen team at the Clive - the 3-mile suppliers map on the menu champions the estate reared and grown produce and the local artisan producers.

All the beef, lamb, venison and organic pork comes from the estate farms, Oakly Park, which surrounds the inn, provides all the autumnal game, and Lady Plymouth's walled garden, just 1/2 mile away, supplies seasonal herbs, fruit and vegtables. Bread, cheese, jams and pickles are handmade at the Ludlow Farmshop and meat is prepared by the onsite butchery team.

The cooking is a well priced and the crowd-pleasing menus provide a good mix of British pub staples and interesting Mediterranean-inspired dishes. In the bar, typically tuck into Ludlow Gold battered haddock, bouillabaisse, pork belly with cider sauce, or a decent ham hock and piccalilli sandwich at lunchtime.

In the evening everything cranks up a notch in the dining room - beef fillet with black truffle and Madeira jus - and there's always a roast on Sunday. Quaff cracking Ludlow Brewery beers, gin cocktails and decent wines (20 by the glass) from an eclectic, well-chosen list.

Private dining

Created during the recent refurbishment, the Plassey Room is a stylish private dining room with blue-painted panelled walls, colourful vintage prints and local artwork, and classically upholstered chairs at a splendid oak table. The room accommodates up to 12 guests on one long table or 20 guests for a standing reception.

Things to do

One of Shropshire's most popular visitor attractions, Ironbridge Gorge is acknowledged as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. With 10 museums to explore, there's always plenty to see and so do at this World Heritage Site - designated for its history, geology and cultural heritage.

Shropshire is a cracking county for walking. Everywhere you go there are hidden villages, peaceful river valleys and tracts of delightful countryside with ancient field patterns. Head for the remote, secret country of the Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge, Clee Hills and the Stiperstones - a fascinating, mysterious landscape steeped in folklore and legend - and all are within easy reach from the Clive Arms.

Set in a green valley amid rolling countryside, 11th-century Stokesay Castle is one of English Heritage's rare treasures. The Great Hall remains unchanged since it was built in 1291, and one of Stokesay's most impressive features is its breathtaking Elizabethan fireplace, complete with elaborately carved overmantel. Across the courtyard stands the striking Jaccobean gatehouse, constructed in 1620.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest railway station: Ludlow

Taxi from station: 5min

Drive: Shrewsbury 44min; Hereford 41min

Address

Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 2JR

Enquire to book

To make a booking, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm.

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