Ludlow Food Festival

The Original Festival for Food and Drink Lovers

Richard Bainbridge

Where: Wot's Cooking Stage

Richard is a Norfolk boy through and through, coming from humble beginnings to running a Michelin starred kitchen to now owning and running his own restaurant 'Benedicts' with his wife Katja in the heart of Norwich.

Thanks to the considerable talents of its charismatic chef owner, Benedicts has become a bona fide Norwich institution. Described by Marina O’ Loughlin as a ‘little treasure’ the restaurant opened in 2015. The same year Richard shot to fame as a 'Great British Menu' winner, returning as a veteran judge in 2017.

The Norfolk native certainly knows his stuff. Four years at 'The Waterside Inn' under the tutelage of the Roux brothers were followed by five as Head Chef of 'Morston Hall,' where incidentally it’s where he also started his career washing dishes when he was 16. Richard moved around various kitchens in the UK and around the world including America, Ireland and New Zealand.

Since opening, 'Benedicts' has gone from strength to strength with a fast growing and dedicated loyal following, a gem of a restaurant with an imaginative approach that’s steeped in nostalgia. In his own words, ‘I want everyone who walks through the door of Benedicts to have the same experience as people who stepped through the door at my nan’s house’ Deliciously comforting, twists on the traditional and riffs on retro classics combined with contemporary creations.


Richard’s commitment has led to being awarded three AA Rosettes in January 2018, being named in the Square Meal Top 100 Restaurants in the UK 2016, winning the prestigious title of 'Best Restaurant' 2016 in Norfolk at the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards and being named as one of Sunday Times, Top 100 of Britain’s Best Restaurants in 2017. Richard has a regular column in the local newspaper (EDP) as well as a regular cooking slot on BBC Radio Norfolk and has appeared on 'Saturday Morning Kitchen' to critical acclaim. He continues to support local producers and enjoys giving back to local community by regularly working with schools and colleges to ignite passion into young people about food and the hospitality industry.



A chef doing a demonstration

11th, 12th & 13th
September 2020

Inside Ludlow Castle with more than 180 local food and drink producers and suppliers: real food, ale, cider, perry, wine and more from the Marches, with samples and tastings.

A musician playing at ludlow spring festival

16th & 17th
May 2020

Held in Ludlow Castle, more than 200 real ales, 150 classic vehicles and live music all weekend. That’s not forgetting over 60 food and drink producers to discover!

Happy walkers following the mangalonga walk

Sunday 9th
August 2020

A food and drink walk of approximately 8 miles adapted from our Italian twin town. A unique experience for food lovers and those wanting to explore the Ludlow landscape.