I've been meaning to do this for a while. Shrewsbury is quite well served with places to eat, with a range of prices and menus types. Here are a few of my favourites, for no particular reason other than we like them. I have no connection to any of these places and they won't know who I am if they see this posting:
This is one that most visitors won't spot but it has something of a cult status amongst its regulars. It's several miles out of town in the Forestry Commission car park at Haughmond Hill - the location is much nicer than it sounds. It can be reached by following the B5062 towards Newport and turning right just past the ruined Haughmond Abbey after the long straight section. There will probably be signs. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The cafe was started a few years ago as a butty van when they spotted a possible market amongsts the walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders and dog walkers who visit the area. After a few weeks when the business looked to be a non-starter trade took off and word got around that you could get a decent bacon butty there. On weekend days there were few periods after opening when they didn't have a queue.
Last year the Commission decided to build a permanent structure and they were forced to compete with bigger and more "professional" concerns but the glowing comments in their visitors book, that was signed by hundreds of regulars must have helped somewhat because they now have a rather nice wooden cabin with a few seats and even a loo.
This is a super place to come on a fine day at any time of year for breakfast, sandwiches or delicious cakes and coffee. There are plentiful picnic tables and the trails are easy to follow and pleasant. some of the trails end up atop the escarpment overlooking the Severn and with extensive views to the west.
Watch out for the Coffee & Walnut Cake. You'll want a take-away!
This might be what is often termed a gastro-pub. Labels aside, they serve some cracking main courses from about £9 to £16 alongside an extensive selection of real ales, wines, whiskeys and more, with well trained and well turned-out staff. There is no music and no gaming machines but it's often busy so the atomsphere tends to be lively.
Situated on Victoria Avenue.just past Welsh Bridge. Booking advisable.
This is an old Shrewsbury favourite and popular with various sets and age-ranges. It's probably the first drinking experience for lots of students from nearby Shrewsbury School.
Situated at the bottom of Port Hill Rd on New Street it is probably best approached on foot from the Quarry Park and over the Porthill Footbridge that replaced the old ferry from which it derives its name. It occupies a lovely position on the banks of the Severn and its large beer garden fills up quickly on sunny days.
The normal menu is pretty good and a little cheaper than The Armoury but The Boathouse is my recommendation for Sunday lunch, because their carvery is quite excellent. What swings it for me is the quality of their roast potatoes, which are far better than the usual mass-produced carvery roasties, alongside some quality meats and an original approach to some of the veg. If you want an inside seat overlooking the river, get there early (opens 12 midday). Small car park plus nearby on-road parking.
The Boathouse is also one of the best places to watch the Flower Show fireworks.
A long-established wine bar on Dogpole, the standards here seem to have improved of late. Prices are a little higher than The Armoury but in my opinion, justifiably. There is usually something of interest on the small and well-considered menu. Decent beers and wines as well. Nice courtyard garden at the back for warm evenings. You can eat in the bar or you can try the separate restaurant room for a more romantic and intimate experience.
And now a couple of contrasting curry houses ...
On Monkmoor Rd, a couple of miles out of town, the casual visitor would never find this place. This is a really good traditional curry house - nothing flashy - standard curry fare, bhunas, madrases, dhansaks etc. but the head chef really knows what he's doing - and if you need proof look at the take away trade they do. No licence so grab a few bottles of cider from the Co-op next door. Prawn Pathia remains our favourite dish and the garlic naans are superb.
On Mardol and recently rejuvenated, The Curry House has been taken over by a couple of former staff of the TC above and they've madea good start. In contrast to the TC, here you can find a much more up to date menu with signature dishes and a fair bit of imagination, as well as the standards. We've been impressed by the Assamese Duck amongst other quite unusual dishes. As with the TC, expect a warm welcome from the friendly staff.
That's about it for now - there are other decent places that i haven't mentioned but might get onto soon. A colleague went to Draper's Hall last week and thought it very good. And there's the tratorria on Fish St that has never let us down. Hope this is of use to somebody.
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