I have been very lucky to travel to see Andy and Jack in some awesome places on their Food and Fuel Tour over the last few months. One of my particular favourites was Ludlow, a beautiful town in Shropshire. As soon as I’d mentioned it to mum she got very excited about a cake shop, and as she has excellent taste, I knew I was in for a treat.
Andy getting the van cider bar set up…
Someone buy me this gorgeous riverside house in Ludlow please?
The boys getting their obligatory gig photo outside the White Horse. Not my best photography skills on display here…
The next day me and Andy treated ourselves to an amazing fish lunch at Ludlow’s ‘The Fish House’. With only a couple of tables made out of barrels, we knew we needed to get there early.
And boy, were we in luck. Having nabbed ourselves a table, we plumped for hot smoked salmon, chilli mackerel fillets and some amazing trout. All served with samphire and chunks of amazing bread.
The place was heaving with people popping in to buy up some fish.
Yes, that is a bassett hound in a pram. It is for charity after all…
Having had a wander round the village, me and Andy decided to go and feed the ducks. Unfortunately this turned into feed Andy more bread time…
Caught in the act!
Luckily he managed to save some morsels for the hungry ducks.
And like that, they were gone.
The real reason we were in Ludlow was for the boys to play at the Ludlow ‘Magnalonga’, a yearly food festival. 8 miles, 5 delicious locally sourced courses, and 5 delicious drinks. Jess and I couldn’t believe our luck!
Things kicked off at Ludlow brewery with a bottle of water (sensible) and a cookie to keep us going until the first stop.
First stop: local cider and ramblers pie at a riverside pub.
We even found the boys there too!
Next stop: pudding! Raspberry and white chocolate tart with raspberry ice cream, served up with an elderflower cocktail.
Unfortunately we had to skip the last stop (even with all that walking we couldn’t face the cheese) but we still completed the 8 miles. We couldn’t miss these views of the castle…
And back to the brewery we went for a final drink.
What a beautiful place. I seriously recommend the Magnalonga if you’re in this area next summer – you can find more details here.