Fishmore Hall is a welcoming boutique hotel and the twin standard room we had was very comfortable and it was nice to see it had an in room fridge which allowed us to store our dogs fresh food. £30 for our two small dogs stay for two nights was a little expensive as we know they are cleaner than some humans but I suppose a big dog could make a dirty mess which would require extra cleaning. The hotel provide lovely Molton Brown toiletries, which we use at home, however a wet room may not be everyone's taste if you prefer a relaxing soak in a bath, but the on site spa could help you on the relaxation front.
The restaurant produced delicious food, however we felt that they were not adept at coping with large numbers as we sat down at 1835 for dinner and admittedly after hors d'oeuvres and an amuse bouche we only received our starter at 1940. The restaurant specialises in either a six or nine course tasting menu, which having two dishes my wife can't eat meant we couldn't par take and went a la carte. I don' t think that the restaurant increases the portion sizes at all to allow for guests just eating three courses as every dish be it a la carte or tasting menu appeared to be the same size to us. We had to fill up on bread! If staying I would recommend the tasting menu if you want to feel full, however I cannot recommend the turbot which came with cucumber as a vegetable which made the source a watery thin soup and the turbot was gone in two mouth fulls. My wife's scallop starter whilst tasty was just one thinly sliced king scallop and my mother's main of lamb consisted of just two tiny slices whilst my wife and father's main of monkfish was more cauliflower than fish. As I said, have the tasting menu if you wish to feel replete.
Breakfast provided a huge menu choice but again more staff are required to be on duty to speed up the service. I was disappointed with my eggs benedict as the spinach included was full of grit and I could not really eat it. The full English the second day was good but would've loved to have had English mustard and ketchup with it but after serving there were no staff around to ask for any. We also arrived in the unstaffed dining room before two other couples who were served before us which was slightly annoying but not the sole member of staffs fault as he was busy fetching another breakfast when we all arrived.
Would I stay again, probably not. The two night stay for two people with two dogs with two 3 course dinners (one night with 2 additional guests and the second night my wife skipped desert) cost just shy of £650, so we didn't feel that as lovely as it was that it was value for money. Would have been nice not to be charged for tea and coffee after dinner after three courses costing £50 but I suppose they wish to make more money from your stay. We visit Ludlow frequently and we shall be returning to the Feathers which is in the centre of town with free parking, doesn't charge for our pets and also provides lovely food with decent portion sizes. We can also recommend Dinham Hall hotel but again their chef doesn't understand decent portion sizes!
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