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Clive Arms, Ludlow, Shropshire

Clive Arms

4.5
4.5
599 Reviews
£25 and under
British
There are a wide variety of restaurants in Ludlow, but Clive Arms stands out if you want traditional British food that makes the most of Ludlow’s local ingredients.

Our food is inspired by the seasonal produce of Shropshire and our surrounding counties. Many of our ingredients are handmade at Ludlow Farmshop. Our meat is reared in the fields surrounding us on the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakly Park Estate and is prepared by the award winning butchers at Ludlow Farmshop

Please note, we do add a 12.5% discretionary service charge onto the bill for groups of six or more.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00–14:00 Sun 12:00–15:00 Afternoon Tea Wed–Sat 14:30–16:30 Bar Mon, Tue 15:00–19:30 Dinner Wed–Sat 17:30–20:30
  • Phone number
    01584 856565
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Ludlow
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    Multiple dates available
    Whether you are planning a celebration or a catch up with friends, you can enjoy a selection of traditional, seasonal and unique afternoon teas. Featuring the finest quality and locally sourced ingredients that are, wherever possible, grown on our own farms. Each season we offer a very special seasonal afternoon tea too. So, whether you want to cosy up next to one of our roaring fires or sit outside in our sunny courtyard – we have something for everyone.
    Afternoon Tea photo
  • Pie Night

    23 Feb 2024 only
    With a special menu created just for the evening, you can enjoy a delicious, warming homemade pie – what’s not to love? A classic meal without the washing up! Our Pie Night will explore a unique twist on the pies that we all know so well.
    Pie Night photo
  • Taste of Spain

    15 Mar 2024 only
    Join us for a three course set menu exploring traditional dishes from Spain! From tapas style starters to a selection of traditional Spanish mains…
    Taste of Spain photo

What 599 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Shropshire

    Good for business meals

  • Shropshire

    Good for business meals

  • Shropshire

    Healthy

  • Shropshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Shropshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Shropshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Shropshire

    Most Booked

600 Reviews
  1. DebbieWB

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb food and friendly service are a hallmark of well a trained and professional staff. From arrival to departure a customer care is of the highest. well done! A little noisy at times when full. Perhaps a separate family area might help contain the noise.

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  2. Kathy

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the His & Hers Afternoon Tea as a family Birthday treat. The snug was a lovely relaxed area. There was a great variety with the food provided and all very tasty. Also good value for money. We will be back! Thank you.

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  3. Rupert

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful choice and variety of food. This reflected imagination and concern for diners health and well being within the framework of traditional fayre.

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  4. Dewi

    Shropshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food,good choice menu,no issues for us whatsever,waiting staff attentive.Very good.

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  5. Alan

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Regular visitor. Will keep coming back for special occasions.

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  6. SianA

    Inverness

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious well presented and varied afternoon tea. The setting was lovely and relaxed and the group of us had a lovely time.

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  7. TobyS

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely atmosphere in a restaurant that was very tastefully decorated. The food was very good quality with the Sticky Toffee pudding and Custard Tart deserts being among the very best desserts we have ever had. A lovely lunch that we look forward to repeating.

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  8. CarolS

    Herefordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, overall good experience.

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  9. Veggieantiquarian

    Warwickshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Warm welcome, rather limited menu for non meat eaters. Food was well prepared and tasty.

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  10. Paul

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a roast lunch that was very tasty. The beef was pink for me and less pink for my wife, as we requested. The vegetables were perfect, the roasters were OK and the Yorkshire Pudding was overcooked. My pudding was lovely but the crumble was barely OK, quite tart and the crumble top was thin and very sugary. But overall it was a nice lunch and we will try it again.
    Clive ArmsResponded on 27 January 2024
    Dear Paul, Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your roast dinners with us. The crumble on our dessert menu is damson and apple, as damson is a tart fruit this isn't an overly sweet crumble. I will pass on the comments to the Chef about the topping, however, we all know crumble to-fruit ratio is a personal preference! We do hope you'll visit us again soon. Best wishes, Katie Wright

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  11. DavidW

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Emily and her team outstanding service, good atmosphere

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  12. ClareM

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very well treated. Good chat with our butcher to tell us about the meat. We could choose the size of our meat. I had lovely lamb, and my husband a T- bone steak.

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  13. Creen

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met some friends here for a leisurely lunch. The bar priced the perfect location, quiets and with a log fire to keep us warm. The bar staff were attentive and efficient. Couldn’t fault it!

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  14. AmandaP

    West Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very nice food, good choice and tasty. Service was a little slow, perhaps they were short staffed. Quite cold in restaurant 12.5% service charge a little steep
    Clive ArmsResponded on 8 January 2024
    Dear AmandaP, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We add a discretionary service charge to tables of 6 and over. This is optional and can be removed from your bill if requested. I hope this does not deter you from visiting us in the future. Kind regards, Katie Wright Assistant Manager

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and very attentive service. Waitress was very friendly and very knowledgeable .

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  16. IainG

    Worcestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting, good service and great food. We had rump steak which was well cooked at medium rare and the haddock which was good as well

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  17. GrahamC

    Kent

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place to eat and drink. Well worth the short trip out of Ludlow town centre.

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  18. kidsfromthemids2

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very popular. Need to book. Excellent service and right next door to a "high-end" farm shop

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  19. PaulaM

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyed my meal at The Clive Arms where we meet up with relatives.However , the following points were disappointing- the booking was for 12 noon but we had to wait out in the cold as the doors were locked until just before noon. The discretionary service charge for groups of six or more- this whole concept is not popular with customers- we all prefer to leave cash tips. Finally , one of our group ordered 2 starters instead of 1 starter/1main as she was not too hungry- we were charged the full £25 for this , with no offer of a price reduction or a full sized ( double starter ) portion. Like most customers we don't spend hours scrutinising the bill which I appreciate could have flagged up some of these issues.

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  20. StuartN

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food but crackling too hard to eat. All the rest was great - service good

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  21. Mandy

    Worcestershire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thoroughly enjoyed my food but quite disappointing that there was no parsnips with my turkey dinner also as it was all plated up i would expect a small jug of extra gravy but that said what i did have was lovely. We were sat in a nice position where it was not too noisy. Service was good, not over the top and also gave us a few minutes after each course. I thought the price for 3 courses was fair. Would definitely go again.

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  22. DavidT

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good choice of food, well cooked, and excellent service.

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  23. KeithP

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first visit to the Clive Arms. Service, ambience and the welcome could not be faulted. After the excellent starters we had 3 of the 4 of us chose the Lion of Pork as our main dish. Presentation looked great but as we tasted the dish all 3 of us realised the dish was massively over salted and totally inedible. The food was removed without issue and 2 off us switched to the sirloin steaks which were perfectly prepared as was the other pasta dish chosen. So disappointed with our initial meal quality but perfectly happy with our re ordered meals when they arrived. Unfortunately I suppose these things do happen occasionally , I can’t ever remember sending a meal back anywhere before but this first experience would not deter us from trying the Clive Arms again.

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  24. SharonH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Xmas parties going on so some noise but to be expected and wasn’t a problem for us. Didn’t enjoy the crab starter but enjoyed the chicken and pork mains. Staff were very attentive and efficient.

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  25. Jillo

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    went for sunday lunch, the meal was excellent and the waiting staff were very polite and attentive. Good value for the money and would return again

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Worcestershire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was quite average as was the service. Two waitresses having a long chat with one another instead of attending to customers would be a good start.

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  27. DebraH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely venue for a special birthday. Friendly and efficient, knowledgeable staff. Plenty of space ie tables not on top of each other. Very, very nice restaurant with excellent food. Couldn't fault it.

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  28. AudreyF

    Shropshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Our starters were good but the pork and steak mains, average, overpriced and oversalted. A request for some apple sauce for the pork, was refused with a "sorry not available" - somewhat disingenuous from a place offering Sunday lunches!

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  29. Hilary

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Excellent menu with clear info about allergies. Husbands chicken was good but the pork loin was disappointing.

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  30. GrahamC

    Kent

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent venue, just outside of Ludlow and conveniently sited on the A49. Excellent choices on the menu, and they often put on themed nights as well. It's well worth checking out their website.

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  31. JacoP

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely overall. Great food and lovely staff. The fire was left to go down quickly which was a shame. If there was a roaring fire all evening I think it would added a bit more ambience.

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  32. JacoP

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It would have been even better if the fire was kept going later than it was but that is just a very minor issue.

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  33. NicolaM

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Bar staff a little disinterested, acknowledgment was very slow, we ordered a bottle of Prosecco, we were asked if we wanted a ice bucket and the bottle was not opened for us. Our table was booked for 6.00 pm so the restaurant was very quiet, staff were not very attentive and we felt the staff dress code was more suited to a chain pub/restaurant. We were a little confused as to your target market, we felt that we did not have a fine dining experience, it was expensive pub food. Food wise we had steak and lamp, the steak was ordered medium rare and it came medium to well, yes this could have been sent back but then one of you would be eating on their own. The lamb was very nice. We would not recommend to a friend for the above reasons and the lack of atmosphere. Overall a little cold, impersonal and uninviting.
    Clive ArmsResponded on 20 November 2023
    Dear Nicola, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am sorry to hear your experience was not up to our usual standards. The member of staff on the bar this evening is one of our newest members, therefore still in training, I am more than happy to go over the comments to improve the service. After serving your meals, when checked on nothing was brought to our attention about the steak, only upon clearing to which we apologised and the comments were passed on to the chef. We always encourage customers to raise any concern in order for our staff to rectify dissatisfaction at the time of dining. We are not a fine dining restaurant, however, we pride ourselves on locally sourced, delicious food along with friendly service. Kind regards, Katie Wright Assistant Manager

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  34. KevanB

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m never disappointed having lunch at The Clive, and last Friday’s was a perfect 10 for food and services.

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  35. StephenT

    Shropshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and good value for money, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere

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  36. CathieB

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect stay. Excellent staff. Wonderfully relaxing break will definitely be returning

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  37. Addick

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Shame that the Onny had invaded the cellar but otherwise very good

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  38. Doornobs

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My sister had recommed the clive to me, she lives on downton estate close by, i brought my lifetime friend with me, we had an amazing time, wud luv ti come again for xmas aft tea when all your xmas decoration are up, was so lovely. Only thing that was sad was i didnt get to see the stunning scenery as i travelled over clee hill, it was misty... never mind we can't have it all xx

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  39. Shropshirevisitorludlow

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd visit. Amazing food. Great service! Will be back

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  40. KatyP

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good service and food, super steak and lamb. Dogs were made welcome too

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FAQs

Clive Arms is rated 4.5 stars by 599 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Clive Arms

Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 2JR

Additional information

  • Area
    Ludlow
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sat 12:00–14:00 Sun 12:00–15:00 Afternoon Tea Wed–Sat 14:30–16:30 Bar Mon, Tue 15:00–19:30 Dinner Wed–Sat 17:30–20:30
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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