ENGLISH Heritage is opening a new tea room at Stokesay Court.

The project has seen English Heritage convert Stokesay Cottage - which stands beside the public entrance to the castle grounds – into a venue for visitors to enjoy a locally sourced, fresh and seasonal menu with an emphasis on traditional Shropshire fare.

Local specialities will be the flavour of the day with Shropshire Fidget Pie, Shropshire Pudding and Shropshire Blue all on the menu.

Reflecting traditional Shropshire hospitality, the new tearoom has been designed to be welcoming, with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy summer sunshine and a cosy cottage feeling in winter.

The tearoom will also have a new outdoor space for play, coupled with meal options for kids, making it an ideal spot for families.

It will not only feed visitors to the fortified medieval manor house in England, built at the end of the 13th century by wool merchant Laurence of Ludlow, but also - given the castle’s location right on the Shropshire Way long distance footpath - the menu has been designed to appeal to walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts who may drop in.