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Rose and Crown, Ludlow

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Totally agree with Martinsh.. I'm from Leicestershire, so haven't got any Joules pubs that near, but have been in them in Leek, Lichfield, Bridgnorth and Ludlow, and always found them good. The Rose and Crown is (as again pointed out by Martinsh) large, surrounding the courtyard on 3 sides. I can't remember all beers when I visited on Dec 30th 2019, but certainly pure blonde, pale, old no.6, slumbering monk from Joules, plus a Woods and another... so no complaining...
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 31 Dec 2019 22:38
Taken over and refurbished by Joules, this is possibly now the best pub in Ludlow following the “demise” of the Church Inn (qv). It lies in a small courtyard off narrow Church Street. The entrance is at the far end of the courtyard – it’s not until you get inside that you realise that the rest of the buildings round the courtyard are part of the pub as well !

Inside it is large and rambling with thick stone walls, wooden roof beams and stained glass windows. The bar is to the right as you enter, and the area around is fairly spacious. However, the further away you get, the more tables you find ! There is even outside seating both front and back.

With all this choice of accommodation, its no surprise that people are constantly wandering about. After a while though you start to realise that quite a few of them are staff members ! [ no uniforms here ] Many of the others are looking for the toilets – and don’t seem to notice the sign saying “washrooms upstairs”. [ At the top of the stairs the signs points to “Washrooms and Meeting Rooms” – I don’t think they are the same place ! ]

There are six beers available on tap, the usual three from Joules plus their seasonal guest. And also two guest ales – beware these are behind a pillar and not immediately obvious. When I was there one of the guests was from Purple Moose. I had the Joules slumbering Monk, which was entirely acceptable.

The food available as somewhat limited. A range of about half a dozen main course plus “sandwiches made to order”. It isn’t cheap either. I had the scampi (£8.95) which arrived promptly and was very nice. They then had to search for a bottle of vinegar for me ...

The place seems to be a hive of activity. Various events were advertised, and I noticed that the next day would see both Live Jazz and a Quiz Night !

8/10 – pretty much what a pub should be like

Martinsh - 11 Apr 2017 22:47
Joule's Brewery have refurbished the Rose & Crown superbly, opening up some of the spaces previously used for other purposes to drinkers. As a consequence, there's a lot more room and even more of the building's character is on show. I tried the Pale Ale on Christmas Eve which was in good condition. Well done Joule's - an improvement on many levels.
paul_d102 - 28 Dec 2016 10:17
Told it was Ludlow's oldest inn, which it may have been originally, but most of the fittings in the creaky-floored bar seemed of a more recent vintage. The long hop-adorned bar offered five real ales: Doom Bar; Wadworth's 6X; Castle Rock Harvest Pale; Ludlow Gold; and TT Landlord. My pint of 6X tasted vinegary but the barmaid changed it without demur. Food (sea bass) was very nice. Although there were a few people in, the atmosphere was very subdued. My wife was not keen on the outside toilets.
Kenny260556 - 11 May 2015 18:53
What a disappointment. Cask Mark... proof that it's meaningless!

Some of the worst beer we've had in ages. Doombar not my thing, but also a poor example.

Notrim what we'd hoped for.
Girlabouttoon77 - 9 Apr 2015 21:03
Extremely disappointed. Poor quality beer, yet Cask Mark?!? Agree with previous people, sadly not worth trying.
CharliesBeer - 6 Apr 2015 00:50
Uninspiring range of beers last night including Doom Bar, TT Landlord and Castle Rock's Harvest Pale. Couldn't see anything from Joule's. No seats available (must have been one of the busier pubs in a quiet Ludlow last night) so we decided to go elsewhere and try again another time.
paul_d102 - 3 Apr 2015 22:30
Very mediocre. Ale was poor, cloudy, with tang.
boozyfi - 28 Feb 2015 01:02
beer was long in the tooth. Very average.
Pcorn67 - 20 Apr 2014 09:38
Now a Joule's pub and they had no less than four Joule's ales on when I popped in one evening. Quite a mix of buildings and courtyards - indeed the pub can be accessed from two directions - Church Street and Quality Square. Seemed like a decent place - has a nice old character but not touristy. The ale I had was good too. Well worth seeking out if after some beer whilst in the centre of Ludlow!
HGSterling - 7 Apr 2014 22:53
went here as this was a cask marque place - but maybe it was a off day had one pint of real ale and didn't taste up to scratch i did inform the barmaid so only stayed for one and then made me way down to the church inn
Robertlovingbeer - 21 Jan 2014 09:52
This weekend whilst exploring Ludlow a bit more we found the Rose and Crown. Despite a number of A-boards scattered around the alleys nearby it's easy to miss. The approach is though a courtyard (the toilets being here and like something from a past age!). The pub is very old inside with lots of character, but felt dark and dingy. In truth we were not particularly impressed by the beer, best described as average. OK if you find it.
hopster69 - 27 Oct 2013 14:47
Nearly missed this place. Slightly tucked away. Entrance to the pub isn't so appealing, but once inside it's like going back in time. Very old. Real ale served, but to be honest, not the best pints we've ever had! Staff don't seem very happy either.
PhilE - 11 Oct 2013 17:20
How did this pub get the Cask Marque? The beer was terrible. Has a pint of Boiling Well that was warm, cloudy and tasted leggy. Sorry, but not a great experience.
ahsund72 - 18 Sep 2013 14:18
Very nice olde worlde pub in the heart of Ludlow. Nice pint of Town Crier. Would go again if in town.
Mappiman - 28 Aug 2013 20:35
Always seemed to have missed this one on previous visits, perhaps because first impression was that it was more of a restaurant, and so it seeemed to be early on in the evening but calling back later on the room a the back has a lovely traditional feel.

Enjoyed a very nice point of Hobsons Town Crier. Must call in again on next visit. Set in an alley off Church Street on the right as you enter the alley is the restaurant but if you go to the end there is the bar (facing you as you enter the alley).
Wirral_RealAlians - 26 Sep 2012 22:20
Busy yesterday but it was Spring Festival day. The Hobsons Town Crier was nice. Hobsons Best and Wye Valley HPA also available. We didn't try the food as there was a 30 minute wait. Chris from the hire shop seemed a nice chap but was slightly the worse for wear!
paul_d102 - 13 May 2012 19:01
Lovely pub situated in courtyard. Three beers on including two from Hobsons. The Church Crier was the best I had all weekend, while sat by a real fire watching two dogs quietly begging for cheese bought from the market by some of the locals. Nice mix of clientelle, good bit of banter from the landlord. Will definitely return.
PlayByAle - 30 Jan 2012 15:27

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