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Set in the Shropshire countryside, west of Ludlow, Old Downton Lodge sits in its own private grounds complete with manicured lawns, a productive kitchen garden and a pretty courtyard. A charming retreat that can trace its roots from medieval to Georgian times, its located on the 5,500 acre Downton Estate.

Featuring nine distinctive bedrooms that integrate period features with modern facilities, it also houses a destination restaurant that has garnered glowing reviews from food critics, restaurant guides and foodies alike. The atmospheric room occupies a medieval hay-drying room with unique triangular windows, high ceilings and oak beams.

The kitchen showcases a daily changing tasting menu of five, seven or nine courses inspired by first-class produce from local markets, as well as foraging expeditions in the Herefordshire countryside. Contemporary British cuisine works its way though dishes such as peas, goats cheese and gooseberries, following on with langoustine, black pudding and plum before rose veal, onion sea kale, celery, truffle and black garlic, with beetroot proceeding the final course of strawberry with fennel and balsamic. Karl's accomplished cooking has been awarded four prestigious AA Rosettes.

Old Downton Lodge is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA Guide

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Contemporary British


Nick Bennett

Restaurant Opening Times

Dinner: 6.00 - 8.30pm Tue-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at Old Downton Lodge

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available, (9 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


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