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The Church Inn

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The Buttercross


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Double En Suite
£70.00 - £90.00
Per Room per night, breakfast included

Twin en suite
£70.00 - £80.00
Per Room per night, breakfast included

Family En suite
£80.00 - £100.00
Per Room per night, breakfast included

The History Of The Church Inn

The Church Inn stands on one of the most ancient sites in Ludlow, going back at least seven centuries and for much of that time known as the Cross Keys - so the name dates from pre-reformation times, because two crossed keys were the sign of St. Peter and hence of all Popes. It is in a document of 1446 as belonging to Ludlow's notable Palmers Guild, who is 1551 had to pass it over to Ludlow's Corporation when the dissolution caused religious houses to be surrendered.

It has had many uses down the centuries - by barber-surgeon, blacksmith, saddler, druggist and so on - but it was still generally described as the Cross Keys. But in 1792, from which time a list of Ludlow's hotels, inns and pubs survives (there were 55 then), it had become the 'Wine Tavern near the Cross' (The 18th Century Buttercross outside the front door), and the name Cross Keys wandered around at least another three locations in Ludlow, never to return to Church street.

In 1846 Ludlow Corporation had to sell a vast number of its to pay for losing a lawsuit, including these premises. They went out of licenced use again, and tenants including Ambrose Grounds, who was Mayor1852/3 and an early Manager of Ludlow Gas company. They reverted to their old trade quickly because in 1876 John Wollaston was operating them as Wollastons Wine Vaults. His widow was letting them at £85 a year in 1890 until selling out in 1895 to the Cheltenham Original Brewery Company, who renamed them the Exchange Vaults.

This continued under two other breweries ownership until 1974 when after an extensive refurnish they became the Gaiety. Just before January 1979, the name was changed yet again, this time to the Church Inn - as apt a name as the ancient Cross Keys because this is the nearest licenced house to St. Laurence's Parish Church.

The Church Inn has nine rooms, all en-suite with their own tea making facilities and a colour television.

The Bar

As well as the range of the 8 traditional ales, including regularly changed 'guest beers' there is a choice of Wines and Spirits, cocktails and soft drinks. Bar meals are served; from a quick ham sandwich, out to order, to a complete meal, like trout or steak followed by a selection of puddings.

The Restaurant/Function Room

The restaurant seats 34 - and it is often worthwhile booking a table especially towards the weekend, as our reputation for carefully chosen ingredients and freshly cooked dishes usually ensures a full house. The ancient town of Ludlow is an excellent base to explore the beautiful Marches countryside. Evidence of the turbulent past is everywhere; there is virtually a hill fort on every hill, a castle mound in every village. The counties of Shropshire/Herefordshire/Worcestershire and Powys have experienced many invasions - tourists, you'll be pleased to know, have never over-run the area!

The town itself is a joy to walk around. Norman frontier post, medieval 'capital' of Wales, Georgian social centre - reminders of Ludlow's history are everywhere. Ludlow is situated roughly halfway between Hereford and Shrewsbury on the A49. The Midlands and the Motorways are about an hours drive away.

The Church Inn stands right in the centre of the town, directly behind the Buttercross.

There is a public car park a short walk away and some parking in the streets nearby.

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By Road

From the junction of the A5/A49 (S) Shrewsbury, take the A49 south to Ludlow. In Ludlow bear left off the A49 on to the B4361 Bromfield road. Follow the road on to Coronation Avenue and then Corve Street. Turn right on to King Street and follow to High Street. Finish at The Church Inn.

By Public Transport

From Ludlow Train Station - 10 minutes walk

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The Church Inn facilities include:

  • Foreign languages spoken
  • In town/city centre
  • Inn
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Accept children (minimum age)
  • Additional charge for pets
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted
  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Central heating throughout
  • Events Venue
  • Pets accepted
  • Pets allowed in bedrooms
  • Pets allowed in public areas
  • Real log/coal fires
  • Separate guests' lounge
  • Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties
  • Wireless/internet access
  • Colour TV in all bedrooms
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Modem point in all bedrooms
  • Non smoking rooms available
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Telephone in all bedrooms

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