Ragleth Inn, Little Stretton

Ludlow Road
Little Stretton
01694 722711

The Ragleth Inn presents quite a sight on a summers day with lush foliage covering the pub and colourful hanging baskets decorating the ground floor gables. Inside, the pub has beams and bare brick walls, and is largely set up for dining. Food is a high-end version of pub standards, and home made burgers are also on the menu. It serves a good choice of cask beers with Ludlow Gold and Wye Valley Butty Bach as the two regulars.

At the back there is a large garden with views of Long Mynd the high moorland plateau dominating this part of Shropshire. Probably the nicest walk up Long Mynd is via Ashes Hollow which starts at the campsite a couple of hundred yards behind the pub. A walk in the other direction from the front of the pub takes you to the Stretton Hills and the steep, conical Ragleth Hill which gives the pub its name. Understandably the pub is popular with walkers and cyclists.

Next door to the pub is a 16th century timber framed building called the Ancient House which was once the Sun Inn. When the Ragleth was built in the early 19th century it became the new Sun Inn and the old pub closed. At some point in the 20th century the pub name was changed from the Sun to the Ragleth.

Just across the road is the picturesque timber-framed and thatched All Saints Church (photo 2). This isn’t quite as old as it looks, dating from 1903, and is one of very few churches built in this style.

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