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New Restaurant in Ludlow (4th February 2013)

New Restaurant in Ludlow

A Ludlow food producer and retailer is undergoing a new development on its site just outside the town.

Ludlow Food Centre, situated in Bromfield to the north of Ludlow, is developing the former Conservatory Barn Cafe in to a new cafe/ restaurant called Ludlow Kitchen.  For the first time the business will be open in the evenings serving a variety of classic, locally inspired food.  The new business will increase its covers to 140, from 60, and will create a number of new positions.  The Food Centre is already one the largest employers in the south of the county, employing 81 local people and Ludlow Kitchen will increase this to at least 86 in the coming months.
Having recently employed a new head chef, Damien McNamara from Ludlow, Ludlow Kitchen plans to take on a new sous chef, barista, assistant manager and part time waiting staff. Ben Crouch, restaurant manager at Ludlow Kitchen says,
‘The new restaurant will be THE place to eat in Shropshire.  The new layout will include soft seating, a log burning stove, a sharing table and a garden room.  We are really excited by the new offering but it is essential that we find the best local talent to help make it a success.’
Ludlow Kitchen is marketing itself on the provenance of its ingredients and a unique dining experience which includes a large open kitchen.  Almost all the food used to create the new menu will come directly from the Ludlow Food Centre’s artisan producers.  The coffee will be roasted fresh on site in the Centre’s coffee roasting room and ground to order by the Ludlow Kitchen’s new barista.  All the meat will be from the Centre’s Oakly Park Estate which surrounds the area north of Ludlow.  Mr Crouch says,
‘The Food Centre is the ultimate larder to select our produce from.  The food is local or made on the premises and we can choose ingredients, cuts of meat, cheese and bread on a daily basis.  I am not aware of another restaurant that can claim such provenance across their entire menu.’
Situated on the busy A49, Ludlow Kitchen will also draw tourism to the area.  The previous Conservatory Barn was a popular meeting place in the south of the county and the new development, with its increased capacity, will look to develop this further.  Mr Crouch adds,
‘The aim is to create a relaxed and diverse dining experience in an environment that is friendly and inviting.  Our seating areas have been designed to give people choice and encourage both local visitors and tourists to spend time enjoying the wonderful produce this region has to offer.
Ludlow Kitchen plans to open in March.  For more information on the development, the positions available or for photographs please contact Ben Crouch on 01584 856000 or email ben@ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk .