It isn’t exactly a cutting-edge dining room, but with its warm oak panelling and beautifully dressed tables, La Bécasse provides comfort and intimacy – as well as looking the part for serious business. As a purveyor of the finer things in life, it also maintains Ludlow’s reputation for top-end food backed by supremely professional service. Highly regarded chef/patron Will Holland has moved on to plan his own solo venture, but the kitchen is in safe hands and visitors can continue to enjoy an appealing menu of classic and creative modern dishes – from a seasonal starter of local wood pigeon with pumpkin, blackberry and Madeira via turbot with sweetcorn, couscous, coconut and seaweed to desserts such as coconut rice with passion fruit, peanut and chilli. Prices are steep, but set lunches (£30 for three courses) offer a financially painless way in. Also check out the new No.1 Vaults private tasting room.