Blood Bay13 High Street
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Ludlow's newest pub, and quite possibly one of the town’s most intact late-19th century retail properties, with original exposed late Victorian features. A 9 month conservation project forms the backdrop for period glazed mahogany room-divide screens - creating three defined drinking spaces: a public bar on entering from High Street, a tiny snug to the right, and a back bar - accessed from the public bar or from Market Street. A Victorian curved mahogany bar, complemented by a back bar serving hatch, brass-mounted cut-glass ceiling lights, period seating with drinking ledges, and authentic inset lignum vitae beer engines enable customers to experience what it may have been like to drink in one of the many long-gone Victorian pubs of Ludlow. The pub sign, painted by local artist, Jonathan Adams, is in the style of eminent mid-19th century racehorse and pub-sign painter John Frederick Herring Snr, depicting the 1932 Grand National winner ‘Forbra’ - owned by the then-Ludlow mayor, William Parsonage - with the locally-owned blood bay horse and jockey Tim Hamey (wearing Parsonage’s winning colours of blue, white, grey and red) on Whitcliffe looking over Ludlow and Clee Hill. The beers are produced by The Blood Bay’s own brewing concern - Swan Walters & Son - employing the same ingredients from source and authentic late-Victorian brewing practice as requested in the hand-written recipes. Regularly available are India Pale and Stout. In addition, Swan Walters & Son will eventually brew all of the original Ludlow & Craven Arms recipes dated 1898, which include recipes for: Amber Bitter, K, AK, XX and Harvest Bitter, one of which may also be found on the third handpump. Note that under-16s are not permitted, neither is smoking anywhere in the vicinity of the pub (including e-cigs). In keeping with the ambience, mobile phones are also prohibited from being used on the premises. Dogs on leads welcome (on ground floor only). Toilets are located on the first floor.