In a stunning Shropshire setting, you'll find Fishmore Hall nestled in the counryside, just a short walk from Ludlow. The grand, yet quaint, white building has a welcoming entrance and even more welcoming staff. Myself and a girl friend went along a couple of weeks ago to enjoy the seasonal menu and luxury bedrooms as well as make use of the spa and potter around the local village.
Fishmore Hall has been tastefully refurbished with a boutique feel. There are clean and cosy communal areas, as well as a contemporary restaurant setting and plush bedrooms.
We were given room four, a king size bedroom with a modern finish. As you can see, the theme came though in elegant tones of navy, slate, teal and monochrome. The spacious bathroom was stocked with Elemis products, with waffles robes and plenty of mirrors, lighting and plug access.
As well as local drinks in the mini bar, we were pleased to find fresh milk and premium Clipper teas. This could be topped up at any time, with the staff always happy to please.
After enjoying their spa facilities and a dreamy lava shell massage, it was time to scrub up and enjoy the latest additions to their menu at Forelles restaurant. Chef Andrew Birch prides himself on tasting (and surprise tasting) menus, sourcing the majority of their ingredients within a 30-mile radius of the hotel.
After some delicious local sour dough bread, we enjoyed tasters of Quinoa Spiced Yoghurt with Aubergine and Pig's Head Croquettes with cheese choux and truffle sauce. The quinoa was a light dish with Middle Eastern inspired flavours, but the winner was the pork for both of us. Indulgently crispy and light, marrying well with the airy cheese pastry and a smooth but punchy sauce.
For starter I opted for the Crab and Salmon Ravioli with basil, tomato, lemon and caviar with a spiced crab bisque, whilst my friend had Roasted Norfolk Quail with pumpkin, sage, nuts and seeds. Coming with a smokey and slightly spiced croquette, the quail was perfectly cooked with a crispy skin and melt-in-the-mouth meat. The homemade ravioli, with sauce poured at the table, had a beautiful citrus flavour with great textures of caviar, earthy spinach and flaky crab meat.
For mains we went for Loin of Scottish Venison with parsnip, smoked bacon, pear and dark chocolate, and Welsh Wagyu Beef with marrow, snails, garlic and parsley. Again beautifully presented, the beef was tender and flavoursome. The accompanying snails had a very soft and buttery texture, with a salty flavour which balanced well with the peppery beef.
To finish, we both couldn't resist the Salted Caramel Fondant. Coming with creme fraiche and cider sorbert, the "not having the same dish" rule went out on the window for this delicious dessert. Safe to say we would have been fighting over this one.
When we got back to the room, an evening Elemis pampering kit had been left on the bed. Again a special touch which added to the overall experience and attention to detail at Fishmore Hall.
For breakfast, residents can enjoy a selection of fruit, cereal and pastries as well as order hot dishes from the menu. We both went for poached eggs in the way of Eggs Benedict and Eggs Royale. Both were served with a deliciously silky hollandaise and inviting runny yolks.
Overall. Fishmore Hall is a lovely hotel with a luxury feel. Great for romantic weekends and girly getaways alike, it's most definitely a foodie destination which mixes boutique styling with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Have you been to Fishmore Hall? What are your favourite restaurants and hotels in Ludlow or the Shropshire area?
We stayed and dined as guests of Fishmore Hall. All opinions are honest and my own.