A short walk from the sleepy town of Ludlow resides the luxury hotel, Fishmore Hall. Once an 1820s family home, owner Laura Penman has transformed Fishmore Hall in to a relaxing spa destination with astonishing views across the Shropshire countryside.
The hotel boasts a relaxing nordic spa to while away the hours, luxury bedrooms are fully equipped with Elemis goodies, and a conservatory restaurant looks over the gloriously green landscape.
The SPAshell, built off site and lowered in by crane, hosts thermal cabins, a steam room, a sauna and an outdoor Cedar hot tub overlooking the Clee Hills.
I’m booked in for the Elemis Full Body Massage, hoping to relax and unwind from a stressful week in the City. The massage is part of an extensive range of treatments on offer, including Lava Shell experiences where hot lava stones are used to massage and ease tensions.
My masseuse asks of any concerns or areas of tension I’d like to focus on during the treatment and chooses an aromatic oil to suit. After an hour of deep massage, my tensions have diminished and I’m ready for dinner…
Forelle’s restaurant is the heart and soul of the hotel. The newly appointed head chef Joe Gould brings a wealth of experience with him. He’s worked on projects at the Royal Albert Hall, London Eye and Ascot, and is the winner of the Chaine des Rotisseurs UK Young Chef of the Year 2015.
The nine course tasting menu allows for a mix and match approach, with meat and vegetarian options to select. Each course is paired with a wine to compliment. We become fully immersed in the impeccable gastronomic journey.
A trio of canapés begin the feast, including miniature Coronation Chicken Pies, Goats Curd Crispy Cones, and Pork Skin Crackers with Apple Sauce. A bread basket with a twist arrives next; Marmite Butter melts in to a wedge of Sourdough and Onion Focaccia is sprinkled with Paprika.
Wild Mushroom Risotto is our favourite dish of the night, with molten Blue Cheese and Pickled Walnuts for crunch. This is paired with a 2017 Chenin Blanc.
Goats Curd & Beetroot, Warm Artichoke & Crisp Noodles, and Salsify & Buckwheat hit the table consecutively.
The main dish of Cod is beautifully plated on Winchcombe Pottery and served with a Bacon Foam, Feta & Onion Seed Bread, and an Onion Seed Caviar. A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc works perfectly with this dish.
The ‘meaty’ main of Iberico Pork is served with Tabouleh and Sesame Sauce and paired with the Burlesque Zinfandel, our favourite wine of the night.
Back to back desserts conclude the evening; a refreshing Lemon Tart acts as a palette cleanser for the wonderfully indulgent Dark Chocolate Soufflé. Coconut Ice Cream and a Raspberry Cigar add to its charm.
We head in to Ludlow the following day and peruse an antiques market in the square. There are an abundance of charity shops, each an individual treasure trove. The town is tranquil , it showcases Tudor buildings and the famous Castle. An afternoon spent here rounds up our country getaway.
If you’re looking to relax this Spring, Fishmore Hall could be the perfect spot. They’re offering a 25% discount on all spa treatments through March and April for those looking to indulge in a relaxing break.
For more information visit www.fishmorehall.co.uk