A luxurious boutique hotel tucked away in the Shropshire hills, Fishmore Hall in Ludlow is perfect for a gourmet getaway.
Book it now if: You want to get away from it all and eat yourself into contented oblivion. Ludlow prides itself on its foodie reputation – Slow Food is a big deal here, and there's a string of Michelin-starred restaurants in the town.
Bedding down: There's just 15 rooms, which are all individually decorated, while the beds could sleep three or four without any trouble (if you felt so inclined) and you can choose from their pillow menu. The showers are ultra-luxurious, with waterfall shower heads, baths built for two and you can arrange spa treatments. Even the minibar is packed with local goodies, including Ludlow Vineyard's white wine and nibbles from the Ludlow Fruit and Nut Company.
Feed me: From prosecco and canapés in the lounge to start to dessert and 10 cheeses, it's a gourmet dream – and even if you wouldn't know Michelin from McDonald's you'll be dribbling with pleasure. All the ingredients used are sourced from within a 30 mile radius where possible, with dishes like Mortimer Forest saddle of venison and Pork with sautéed langoustines you're certainly not limited. Breakfast is just as good – the minute steak with shaved truffle and fried egg are good enough to leave you speechless with greed. A three-course menu costs £46.50 including canapés and amuse bouche, while the seven course Shropshire tasting menu costs £55. A nine course menu gourmand is priced £65, and you need to order the last two in advance.
Easily bored: The hotel is just a short drive from the medieval town of Ludlow, with its black and white timbered buildings and the ruins of the castle to explore. There's a market four days a week, including Friday and Saturday, and the Ludlow Food Festival takes place in September, as well as the Spring food festival in May. Plus you're only a short drive from the Welsh border.
What's the damage: Rooms cost from around £89 for a standard double, with regular foodie special offers.
Point me in the right direction: Fishmore Hall, Fishmore Road, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 3DP (01584 875 148/www.fishmorehall.co.uk)