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Charlton Arms, Ludlow

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Of several pubs visited in Ludlow on Saturday night, the beer in the Charlton Arms was in the best condition (my pint of Hobsons Best being very good indeed). Wye Valley Butty Bach and Bitter, Ludlow Gold and Wood's Take 5 were the other handpulls. Draughts/chess sets on the tables kept us busy for a short while and there was a much quieter clientele than in other pubs.
paul_d102 - 20 Jan 2020 11:24
Nice location, with terraces overlooking the river.
The Ludlow Gold was in excellent condition and there were 4 other ales available.
gefieder - 30 Jul 2018 19:32
Had a good lunch at the Charlie on Boxing Day washed down by a couple of very good pints of Wood's Ebony. Service was excellent throughout our visit.
paul_d102 - 29 Dec 2015 16:46
Pub in a truly stunning location. Situated right on the river, with superb views and within easy walking distance of the town centre, whist visiting the Ludlow Spring Festival yesterday. Good pint of Butty Bach here.
boozyfi - 10 May 2015 06:01
Not as good as it used to be - food has gone downhill since the new owners took over. Local ales, but quite pricey. Ludlow really is short of decent pubs.
HGSterling - 19 Nov 2014 19:19
I disagree with LowFlyer72... The bar is very old and traditional with knowledgeable staff and a couple of lovely cosy rooms. Great beer choice; Ludlow Best, Ludlow Stairway (excellent), Hobsons best, Wye Valley Butty Bach and a really good cider - Robinsons Flagon Cider. The terraces above the river are stunning, and must be packed in summer. We stayed over in one of the 9 or so rooms all named with a Shakespeare theme... I must also compliment the restaurant (which you can obviously take your beers from the bar into). I had a main course of Ox-cheek in a lovely rich gravy, and it was as good a meal as I've had... Attention to detail excellent throughout - Highly recommended.
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 13 Oct 2014 13:57
Fantastic terrace overlooking the river. Feels a bit more restaurant than pub, with public bar alienated from rest of establishment. Beer was OK, but nothing special.
TheLowflyer72 - 26 Jul 2014 06:39
It's OK, but found bar bland and a bit sterile. Beer was reasonable but nothing that special. Lovely location however by the river.
Pcorn67 - 20 Apr 2014 09:24
Some changes to the interior with the new ownership, but the beer is as before - ie well kept local ales. A popular pub and restaurant. There is a pub area and a restaurant area, and also a bit in-between which is used for both. So caters for all. And then of course there's the roof terrace when the weather's nice!
dpaajones - 15 Mar 2014 17:35
From their FB page: "Cedric & Amy Bosi are delighted to be taking over The Charlton Arms From Monday 20th January. We will be closing for one week and re-opening on Monday 27th January".

paul_d102 - 28 Jan 2014 10:32
Had a meal on Saturday Lunch time Excellent Ale was good as well.
f6c - 22 Dec 2013 22:56
Excpet for a small bar to the left as you go in it is more restaurant than pub. We ate hete and it was standard pub fare. The beer was good though.
anonymous - 26 Nov 2013 21:48
Tried here for lunch, but was put off by slow service. Good selection of ale, appearing OK. Not sure why, but staff seemed to lack interest, and it showed. Shame.
hoplover - 21 Nov 2013 18:50
Nice place and run by the same guys as the 'Church'. Ludlow, Gold and Stairway. Hobsons, Best and Wye Valley, Butty Bach on offer. Same good selection of whiskies as the Church with a very tempting lunchtime menu.
The_in4mer - 30 Dec 2012 17:00
1st called in here when it was still a pub. The side wall looked like it was about to fall into the river and work had already started on shoring it up and opening it up to streatch further up stream (now the hotel restaurant and function rooms). There was a loosly fastened blue tarpaulin sealing off the back entrance and only the front two rooms to the right of the front door off the road were open.

Looks like they have done a good job of restoring this, obviously into a hotel but the front two rooms especially the one with the bar in still has a local, chatty pub feel.

The Three Tuns Cleric's Cure and Wye Valley Brewery's Butty Back were excellent. Stunning situation beside the old bridge with view across the river to Ludlow.
Wirral_RealAlians - 23 Sep 2012 18:54
Enjoyed four excellent pints of Butty Bach overlooking the Teme on a warm summer's day. Lovely.
Kenny260556 - 31 Aug 2012 22:52
While really a hotel, there is a formal restaurant, inside bars and an upper level terrace bar overlooking the river and town. See the website for more details of the hotel. Service was friendly and efficient, I can't remember the name of the beer but it was very good. Our baguettes were also of a high standard. Sitting on the terrace with a pint in my hand looking at the scenery was most enjoyable, waitress service provided the food and other drinks.
Feed - 24 Jul 2012 21:33
Sister pub of the Church, beer was on good with four availiable. Food not tried but looked good. Worth a visit.
Swalebeermiester - 5 Oct 2011 17:51
Still doing very well. One of Ludlow's three best ale pubs (the Church and the Queens, since you ask!). Well worth a visit.
joegreen - 30 Jun 2010 22:27
I used to live in Ludlow and went in this pub on several occasions. A classic old fashioned pub with added parts to it making it stand out from the rest.The new balcony area is excellent and has stunning views across the rest of Ludlow. The function room is very cosy and has an outside area looking over the river. Great for summer evenings.Inside there is both a snug area and a posh eating area as well as pub meals I would also say that they serve the best pints in Ludlow, Ludlow gold was my favourite to drink ,also Hobson was always on handpumps too. They also had a good real cider on now and again,I heard it went down well. Staff were friendly and willing to have a crack.

If you ever visit Ludlow this pub is a must,It is one of my favourite pubs i have ever been in. top notch
markredfox73 - 4 Jun 2010 16:29


Verging towards Hotel rather than true pub, but a wonderful snug bar serving 4 real ales. Bishop's castle stunning value at only 2.10 a pint. All beers in good condition on our visit. Recent redecoration added to the quality of the experience.

Magnificent setting overlooking the river.

Apparently popular for wedding functions. I am not a marriage counsellor, but ignore her indoors and drink with the lads in the bar rather than on the supposedly glamorous restaurant/decking area.

Verdict: I think this would be a perfect winter snug bar.

R22
Polypinmath - 29 Mar 2010 10:13
Best beer in Ludlow - had several pints of Hobson's bitter which was on top form. Friendly laid back staff and good food.
ericthered - 16 Mar 2010 14:39
Not cheap for food, and no idea what accommodation might cost, but I agree with the previous post - this is a very decent place.
joegreen - 30 Jul 2009 17:26
I attended an event in the downstairs function room of this pub/hotel/inn a month or so ago. Dramatically located overlooking the river Teme, it must have one of the most picturesque locations of any pub in England. A number of different local real ales were available at both the upstairs and the downstairs bar. Rooms are available although I didn't stay.
grecian - 25 Jun 2009 12:13

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