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Revised hours.

11:00 - 22:00

Lunch 12:00 - 15:00
Dinner 18:00 - 21:00

Booking advisable but not essential.

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Church Inn

(also known as Church, formerly Cross Keys; Gaiety Inn)

The Buttercross

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Premises Description

Accredited for beer quailty 2019 - 20

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 3,6 - 9 Mon - Sat
12 - 3,6 - 8.30 Sun



About the Pub

Popular fourteenth century town centre pub. Starting out as the Cross Keys, it has had several names since then, only becoming the Church Inn in 1979 (following a five year spell as the Gaiety Inn). The pub is located in an alley behind the Buttercross (originally the site of the High Cross, which was the official centre of the town). Behind it is St Laurence's Church, from which the pub takes it's name (the ashes of the poet A. E. Housman, the author of 'A Shropshire Lad', were scattered in the churchyard). Re-opened in December 2016 after a major refurbishment, the main downstairs room now has a very contemporary feel to it, with a range of seating styles to choose from. The original central servery has gone, being replaced by a smaller one to the side. A wide range of local ales is offered. Upstairs at the rear is a gallery-style room with additional seating, which overlooks the grounds of St Laurence's Church. The gents has also seen a facelift, with interesting results. In pride of place next to the bar is an old bell from the church dating from 1756.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 5 regular beers.

  • Hobsons Best
  • Ludlow Black Knight
  • Ludlow Boiling Well
  • Ludlow Gold
  • Salopian Darwins Origin

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Source: National

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Church Inn, Ludlow


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    10% Discount.


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Accommodation Accommodation

    9 rooms.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Rear upstairs area, seats 26.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • WiFi Wifi

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Church Inn

The Buttercross

Sat Nav Reference

52.36775, -2.719156


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

435 722 292 492

Nearby Station (450m)


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