The Clive Arms Ludlow to reopen in late April
Ludlow’s ‘farm to fork’ inn gets a complete makeover
The Clive Arms Ludlow, just west of Ludlow, is to reopen in late April following an extensive refurbishment. This will see the creation of a new open plan restaurant and bar offering, as well as an additional three bedrooms for hotel guests and the creation of an impressive outdoor dining area.
Previously known as The Clive Restaurant with Rooms, the main building has been closed for the renovation since January. The relaunch will take the Georgian coaching inn, part of the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakly Park Estate, into a new era as a genuine ‘farm to fork’ dining destination.
The new layout includes a main 40 cover restaurant with a separate cosy snug and further dining opportunities offered by extended bar areas. A new garden and courtyard area to the rear of the building will provide year-round eating and socialising areas.
Farm to fork inn
Menus will strongly feature food from the estate’s own farms and Walled Garden, as well as capitalising on the inn’s relationship and location next to its sister business, Ludlow Farmshop, which houses an array of artisan producers including the bakery, dairy, butchers and jam and pickle makers.
“We believe that the new Clive Arms will offer both diners and our hotel guests something really special. There are very few gastro pubs which can boast the sheer choice of local produce that we have as we are in such a unique location with the estate and farmshop on our doorstep. We tend to talk more in food meters than miles here!’ commented managing director Jon Edwards.
The focus will be on freshly prepared, locally sourced seasonal dishes served in a relaxed dining set up whether the occasion is a three-course dinner or a casual snack lunch at the bar. Not only does the beef, lamb and Gloucester Old Spot pork come directly from the estate but also the milk used to make cheeses, butter and ice cream. Single estate honey comes from the collection of over 100 hives on the land surrounding the inn. Fruits from various orchards go into the jams and depending on the season, there is bountiful supply of wild game including a herd of wild fallow deer.
In keeping with the ‘buy local’ ethos of the estate wherever possible furniture, furnishings and fittings have local connections. Books from the Earl of Plymouth’s main residence Oakly Park House will adorn the shelves of the cosy snug, as well as a number of paintings and some interesting botanical prints which have been restored. Paintings and prints by Shropshire artist John Napper, who lived on the estate, will also feature in the main dining area.
Classic British interiors brands such as Lewis & Wood, Colefax & Fowler and Nina Campbell are being used, with lighting from Jim Lawrence and Pooky. Nearer to home, Ludlow ceramics company Marches Pottery are designing bespoke lampstands and Welsh blankets from Hay-on-Wye based Great English Outdoors will be used in the bedrooms.
There’s a further nod to the Oakly estate with Ilex Studio table vases where diners will observe an acorn geminating and growing into a sapling which will then be replanted outside in the park and the vase reused.
“We have been working closely with Olivia Stirling, our interiors designer to deliver something special, a laid back but classic country inn vibe, using neutrals with splashes of colours such as teals, blues and yellows to bring warmth, something we know the old Clive was lacking. New and repurposed furniture stripped oak flooring, comfy sofas and club chairs will set the tone of our new look. Hats and walking sticks will be waiting for guests to borrow at the door and on chilly days, fires crackling inside to welcome them back,” added Edwards.
A new paneled private dining room seating up to 14 will cater for both leisure and corporate clients, perfect for events such as birthday celebrations, shoot dinners or even company training days, anyone looking for their own dedicated space.
An additional three bedrooms have been created on the first floor of the main building, two impressive suites and one further standard double. These join the existing 14 courtyard rooms to really boost the accommodation choice offered for overnight guests, positioning the hotel as a gastro destination for weekends and short breaks.
The surrounding area is packed full of great things to do from regular horseracing meetings at Ludlow Racecourse, located just half a mile away, to the town of Ludlow itself with its medieval castle that overlooks the river Teme. There are walking paths galore including the famous long-distance Offa’s Dyke trail that spans the length of the English and Welsh border and the Mortimer Trail a short distance away.
Further information on the reopening will follow.
Rooms start from £144 a night with the new suites starting from £194 a night on a B&B basis.
The Clive Arms is just five minutes from the train station and centre of Ludlow. It can be reached in just over 3-hours by train from London Paddington or 150-miles by car via the M40. Birmingham sits 40 miles away, Manchester 100 miles, Bristol 80 miles, and Chester is 70 miles away.