Spend a day in Wigmore, just west of Ludlow, discover its medieval history, beautiful countryside, then treat your taste buds at The Oak Wigmore.
Eight miles west of Ludlow, the village of Wigmore boasts its own medieval castle site – a must for lovers of history and all things nature. Wigmore is a bijou find in Herefordshire’s crown and well worth a visit.
The 11th-century castle played an important role as a fortress in times gone by, due to its ideal location: close to the England-Wales border and sat just above Wigmore itself.
After being intentionally destroyed as part of civil war strategy in the 1600’s, the ruins are now purposefully left for visitors to enjoy in their fallen state, home and protector to lesser horseshoe bats and rare wildflowers. Visitors can access the English Heritage owned site for free.
The Oak Wigmore
A day exploring the romantic ruins and scenic views should naturally lead to sampling local culinary offerings.
The Oak Wigmore is a Good Food Guide award winning establishment, also included in the Michelin Guide. It offers a high standard of dining, set in an exquisitely restored coaching inn, radiating rustic and relaxed charm.
Pre and post dinner drinks and conversations can be enjoyed in the cosy, covered outdoor seating area.
Under the inspired direction of owner Lené Halliday and skilful local chef Ian Pugh, the seasonally dependent menus offer artistic and vast use of a bounty of local and seasonal produce including a regulars favourite, Herefordshire Beef.
Let your taste buds journey around a starter such as pan fried scallops with sweet pea, pickled carrot, star anise infusion and a tapioca crisp. Soft, light, fresh and crisp.
This could be followed by the Herefordshire beef fillet, blade bon bon, triple cooked chips, kale and broccoli cep puree, salsa verde, parsley and shallot jus. A steak cooked to your choice of perfection, with an arrangement of flavours on the plate to complement the meats buttery soft qualities.
If you love dessert, perhaps a finale of honey parfait, rhubarb, honeycomb and wild camomile crunch? Sweet yet sharp, crunchy yet velvety and light yet abounding.
The Oak Wigmore also offers two spacious double bedrooms, available on a pre booked basis, with breakfast included.
Discover more by visiting TheOakWigmore.com.
An exclusive offer for Shropshire Live readers: Quote SL21 when booking and get a free dessert when ordering a starter and main.
Article By: Claire Gutteridge
Writer with a passion for food and drink