Shropshire Star

New chef takes over kitchen at top Ludlow hotel

Fishmore Hall, in Ludlow Shropshire is delighted to announce the appointment of Joe Gould as head chef.

Joe Gould

His philosophy on dining at Fishmore is completely customer focused. In Joe’s own words: “We listen, we provide what our guests want, and having won their trust in our abilities and standards, we can begin to excite.”

Joe was the proud winner of Chaine des Rotisseurs UK Young Chef of the Year’ in 2015.

One of the restaurant's dishes

His journey to Fishmore Hall is one steeped in establishments of the highest critical acclaim, including roles at one, two and three Michelin star level across the UK, Germany, Hungary, Spain and the USA.

With Joe at the helm, Forelles has launched a new seasonally-inspired menu and revised opening hours. Now open on a Monday, guests and locals will be able to dine in style from 6.30-9.30pm on the hotel’s new a la carte menu. Fishmore’s popular Bistro menu is now available from 12-8pm every day, rather than just evenings and diners can choose from lunch, dinner or the hotel’s famous afternoon teas. The restaurant is also open on Sundays serving both a traditional Sunday Roast and the full Bistro menu, for those seeking a lighter alternative.

Fishmore Hall

Laura Penman, owner of Fishmore Hall commented: “We are delighted Joe is joining the team. It’s an exciting time to be joining Fishmore Hall, especially following the investment in the hotel including the SpaShell, which launched just last year. Joe’s wealth of experience is ideal for the creation of exciting menus and unique experiences for our guests.’

Fishmore Hall is a 15-bedroom boutique hotel set in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. The hotel is just minutes from the Ludlow, the culinary hub of the county. The renowned Forelles’ restaurant has achieved 3AA Rosettes placing it in the top ten percent of hotels nationally.

One of the rooms at Fishmore Hall

In late 2016 Fishmore Hall launched its new SpaShell one of the first in the country complete with two couples’ rooms. Alongside the treatment rooms there is a hot tub, thermal cabin, sauna, steam room, monsoon drench shower and outside hammock.

Fishmore Hall is a Regency-style hotel, owned and run by Acorn Award winner Laura Penman. Laura purchased Fishmore Hall as a derelict property and in 22 weeks transformed it into a boutique 15-bedroom hotel.

Fishmore Hall spa

Located in the foodie destination of Ludlow, the hotel is easily accessible from the A49 and set in the breathtaking Shropshire countryside. The contemporary hotel welcomes those looking for a relaxed foodie break in one of the most unspoilt counties in England. Relaxation is the priority at Fishmore with modern decor and add-ons including pillow menus, Hypnos beds, Frette linen sheets, flat screen TVs and complimentary broadband. The bathrooms have been individually designed and feature large walk-in showers, giant waterfall showerheads, ELEMIS toiletries and perfect mood lighting. Exclusive use of Fishmore Hall is available on request.

Fishmore Hall spa

Fishmore Hall is giving guests the unique opportunity to stay for free in January 2018 when they book the hotel’s exquisite seven-course tasting menu. Priced at just £75 per person, with complimentary bed and breakfast, guests can relax after the busy festive period and banish the January blues in style at the renowned boutique hotel.

To book contact Fishmore Hall on 01584 875148 or visit