04/04/2018 0 Comments
Restaurants in Focus
The Charismatic Frontman: The Charlton Arms, Ludlow - Cedric Bosi's journey from Lyon to Ludlow has been a remarkable one.
When Cedric Bosi landed in Ludlow to help his brother at the Michelin-starred Hibiscus restaurant, he could little have imagined that he'd own two pubs and a hotel within 15 years.
But withe the support of his wife, Amy, the charismatic restaurateur has been remarkably successful.
Having worked alongside his brother, Claude, he moved to The Bell, at Yarpole, in North Herefordshire, where he gained invaluable experience. He moved to London, running a series of dining pubs, then returned to Ludlow to take on The Charlton Arms.
It earned a rating for The Good Food Guide in 2016 and looks set to go from strength to strength. Cedric also co-owns The Townhouse with his brother, a hotel in the town's Broad Street.
And he, Amy, Claude and Claude's wife, Lucy, also own The Church Inn, one of Ludlow's most popular pubs, which is situated behind The Buttercross.
"I love the town," says Cedric. " It is where Amy and I have chosen to make our home and bring up our two children.
"It's a beautiful place, the customers are very discerning and expect high standards and we work with really good producers."
The Charlton has established itself as one of Shropshire's premier dining pubs where customers can enjoy locally-sourced, seasonal food on ever-changing menus. Claude works with chefs to brush up their skills and make sure menus are on point.
And Cedric runs the front-of-house, providing starry service for guests.
"Claude and I grew up in Lyon and our parents ran a bistro. I tried cooking for a little bit, but it wasn't for me. Claude was the one who stuck at that but I preferred to be out in the front with the customers, making sure everyone was having a good time.
" We grew up in that environment and we all still go back to France each year to catch up with our family and have a great time. When we are at work at The Charlton or The Church Inn, we are really just trying to replicate that experience that we grew up with.
"My earliest memories are of people having great food and service and that's our mission here in Ludlow."
The Charlton offers real ale, fantastic food and a warm welcome for visitors. A short walk from Ludlow town centre, it is situated on Ludford Bridge and customers can watch salmon leaping along the weir at the right time of year.
It has earned one AA rosette for culinary excellence and has developed a reputation for great food and drink since Cedric and Amy took over in 2013.
"It's simple food," added Cedric. " We might serve starters like smoked salmon Scotch egg with béarnaise sauce; twice baked cheese soufflé with cheese sauce and parmesan shavings or potted pork with gherkins, toast and a mixed leaf salad.
"Then mains might include a Berkshire pork chop with black pudding mash and creamed cabbage; a corn fed spring chicken with peri peri crumb, Borlotti beans and chimichanga or a great quality rib eye steak with Provencal tomato, chunky chips, onion rings and a peppercorn sauce.
"It's all about great flavours and good value."
And, of course, great service.