Ludlow Food Festival

The Original Festival for Food and Drink Lovers

Nick Bennett

Where: Wardington’s Original Stage - Outer Bailey

Originally from Leamington Spa, he trained at Stratford upon Avon College, before joining the Mallory Court Brasserie as a commis chef. He progressed in this Michelin Star kitchen brigade to Demi-Chef de Partie, working up to Junior Sous chef within his first two years. Nick continued his culinary career working in Rosette and Michelin Star restaurants, The Curlew and Restaurant 56 at the Sudbury House Hotel.

In 2013 he had been named Sussex Young Chef of the Year and in 2015 reached the finals of BBC Two's MasterChef: The Professionals.

In 2019 was appointed head chef of Old Downton Lodge, Ludlow: "I am really excited to be joining the team at Old Downton Lodge. After visiting the property and surrounding area, it was an easy decision for me to make.  It is an extremely exciting time for myself and my young family and I can't wait to get started with [owners] Willem, Pippa and the team."



A chef doing a demonstration

9th, 10th & 11th
September 2022

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 singer at ludlow spring festival

14th & 15th
May 2022

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 14th
August 2022

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.