It was my Father-in-laws birthday yesterday so we packed up the car and headed over to Ludlow for the day. Shropshire has always held a special place in my heart, so we like to go back there whenever the opportunity arises. As luck would have it Ludlow really isn’t so far from where I’m living these days, so I don’t need much of an excuse to pay the old town a visit. My grandparents owned a small-holding on the Shropshire and Welsh borders so I spent many a summer holiday driving around pretty villages and enjoying picnics in the hills. It was my idea of perfect and a tonic to the monotony of school and homework.
We’re lucky to have friends who live in Ludlow so we often nip off there for the day. We’d been telling my in-laws all about our shopping adventures so they decided they’d like to join us too.
There’s nearly always a market on which is great for a mooch around. This week there was a flea market full of old antiques and curiosities. Naturally I was desperate to get my hands on lots of vintage finds to go in my new flower studio. There were old wooden crates, little silver goblets, cut glass vases, tea cups and saucers – it was enough to make Mr Page go round the twist in fact. He isn’t the keenest on my rag and bone collections, I have to be honest here. I on the other hand love the look of something old and bedraggled next to perfect, soft new blooms.
So after we’d ‘looked’ around the market, we went for coffee in a beautiful little tea room, gazed through the windows of our favourite little pottery shop – many of the shops are closed on a Sunday so it’s worth bearing that in mind if you’re taking a drive over. Unless you’re coming to see the flea market of course, and if you are then Sunday’s your day.
We went for lunch at The Charlton Arms which is a real find for any food lovers visiting Ludlow. It belongs to the brother of Michelin star chef, Claude Bosi, and I can assure you that chef skills most definitely run in the family. We last ate there quite a while ago and I have been desperate to get my hands on one of their wonderful Scotch Eggs ever since. Absolute mouth watering stuff and top of my recommendation list if you’re visiting. We had Scotch Eggs to start – and by Scotch Eggs I actually mean soft boiled eggs with a smoked salmon, dill and potato surround. Delicious. Then we had the famous roast potatoes for main course – accompanied by the finest roast beef, honey and mustard glazed carrots. I mention the roast potatoes because if you visit – or have visited before, you’ll know why.
Then we headed home via our friends’ house and these two love birds who we spotted on the wall. Cute hey?