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Stokesay Castle's New Tea Room

Close to Ludlow and one of Shropshire’s prettiest and most visited smaller attractions Stokesay Castle has stepped up to become a more welcoming destination for groups with the opening of a new 44-seater tea room.

English Heritage has converted a former potter’s cottage into a welcoming tea room, offering visitors and passers-by a range of locally sourced, fresh and seasonal food with an emphasis on traditional Shropshire fare.

Coach drivers and tour leaders can enjoy a free lunch and group members (11 or more people) receive 10% off during their visit to take advantage of the local specialities on the menu - like Shropshire Fidget Pie, Shrewsbury Biscuits and Shropshire Blue - and a range of ingredients sourced from local suppliers. The new Stokesay Castle Tea Room has a wood burning stove to make it cosy in winter and plenty of outdoor seating for summer - with panoramic views to Long Mynd and the Shropshire Hills.

Stokesay Castle is the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England, built at the end of the 13th century by wool merchant Laurence of Ludlow. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group.

A visit to Witley Court & Gardens with its newly restored Andromeda and Perseus fountain now firing every hour, can be teamed up with a half day visit to Stokesay Castle to make a full day itinerary.

Stokesay Castle, Stokesay, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9AH. For more information or to book a group visit, email stokesay.castle@english-heritage.org.uk, call 01588 672544 or visit www.english

Groups of 11 or more people receive a 15% discount at English Heritage properties and events (10% at Stonehenge). One tour leader and one coach driver are admitted free with each group (and do not count towards group numbers). Free familiarisation visits can be arranged for the Travel Trade. To discuss opportunities for group visits, to subscribe to the free Travel Trade newsletter Attractions, or to order a complimentary copy of the Group Visits Guide, call 0117 975 1349 or email traveltrade@englishheritage.org.uk