Ludlow Food Festival

The Original Festival for Food and Drink Lovers

Karl Martin

Where: Castle Inner Bailey

Karl is Chef/Patron of the FOUR AA Rosette 'Old Downton Lodge' Restaurant with Rooms, nestled deep in the hills just outside Ludlow.

Under Karl's leadership, the accolades keep coming, with not only the rosettes which put Old Downton in the top 10% of restaurants in the country, but a place in the 2017 Michelin Guide.

Karl began his career as 'potwash' at the age of 14, before training at Henley College in Coventry followed by experiences in many different restaurants in the Midlands. Inspired by his Father, who himself was a Restaurant Manager and Simon Haigh, Executive Chef of The Eden Hotel Collection whilst he was at Mallory Court in Warwickshire helping achieve it’s Michelin Star. He taught Karl 'calmness, focus on flavours, dedication, inner calm and self belief.'

Working closely with local suppliers, Karl brings only the freshest produce to the table, producing the daily changing menu from inspirational visits to the Market and foraging expeditions in the Shropshire/Herefordshire countryside.

Allergic to anchovies and addicted to tomato sauce. He refuses to cook kale (there is a reason why) and if cast away on a desert island, his luxury item would be a Viennetta!



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.