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“Spoilt for choice” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Inn at Grinshill
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Grinshill
Certificate of Excellence
Shropshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Spoilt for choice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

As regular visitors to Shrewsbury a meal out with friends is always a high spot of the weekend. Each trip we tend to try different restaurants and feel 'safe' doing so as the standard of food in the area has, over recent years, become very high. On our last trip we tried the Inn at Grinshill as it was recommended to us by close friends who eat there often.

Wow, I am so glad we did as it was excellent.

Our friends , who were eating with us, had booked a table in the bar ('Bistro') but as I had seen the restaurant menu (it differs a little from the bistro - check out the web site) we arrived undecided where in the inn to eat.

Our table was ready and waiting but we chose another one to sit at and have aperitifs and peruse both the menus. The choice was not easy as there were dishes on both that appealed but as the restaurant menu is not served in the bistro a choice had to be made . In the end we stayed in the bistro because the menu for there read better than most restaurants I have visited and as the aperitifs had hit home we just didn't want to move - not even to the table that had been reserved for us. The staff could not have been friendlier they gave us all the time we needed to make up our minds and were relaxed about changing the table. So, what about the meal;

Pigeon breasts with sweetcorn, shallots and red wine juice was a little on the small side but made up for this with flavour and the fact that they had been cooked rare (don't worry I had been asked how I would like them served). On the plate they looked wonderful

The Pressed Duck with smoked duck Parfait and beetroot was flavourful too (my wife allowed me to try hers)

A pretty dish of Scallops with ras el hanout and micro coriander was also given 'top marks'

The main course of Belly Pork was beautifully plated and came with what the menu noted as 'black pudding and apple bon bon'. If 'bon bon' sounds a little too 'chefy' then I'll leave you to the joy of biting into it and simply say I will be back for more

Rib eye steak was cooked as requested and a pepper sauce was asked for and happily supplied

Crayfish risotto was the weakest dish of the evening, due to it looking little too brown (from the lobster bisque). However it was rich, tasty and very filling and so would have perhaps been a better choice as a single lunchtime dish

Wines were a French Sauvignon Blanc (as the New Zealand one was not in stock) and a really good Montepulciano. The wine list is a good mix of prices covering, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, America (North and South) and South Africa

Like the hosts, the inn is charming - just check out the ceiling in the entrance hall and the graphics in the restaurant to see what I mean.

I am sure we will go back on our next visit to Shrewsbury and I am also sure that yet again we will have a long debate on what to eat knowing that when we have made a decision it will all have be worth it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Staffordshire
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Just had a night at the Inn and wondered why we had left it so long since our last stay . From the minute we arrived to time of departure we were treated like old friends. Rooms warm, comfortable and above average in size and great bathrooms. Food top notch and catered for my wife - non meat eater. We've eaten at some great place in UK, Europe and further afield and found the Inn right up there - presentation, flavour and service excellent. Don't forget this is an Inn and that side not forgotten with good beer and comfy seating in front of log fire. Setting is great and with easy access to main routes. We'll be back very soon.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Not a stranger to the inn, I will say the term inn is misleading. You have a country residence here that has a friendly bar with books and games and open fire and sofas. Full of charm, carries through by the staff and Vikki Brazier the owner. There is a choice of menus from a (a not so simple) sandwich, to pie of the day to crayfish risotto, hand made pasta delicacies and in the wonderful award winning (2 rosettes..surely a third iminant?) Chef Chris Conde's quiet commanding presence at the pass is great to watch. Ask for table one! The food is full of flavour bursts, cooked pretty perfectly, and whilst in the style you would expect from such an awarded restaurant, is rich and filling and leaves you feeling like you have had a rare culinary treat. Some people may recall Chris appearing on masterchef the professionals...well go try his food! The rooms, six of them, are all creams and whites. High beds, beautiful bathrooms, quality bedding. And on top of all this, country walks and Shrewsbury town with all its history, right on their doorstep. This is a team that works!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Having got a baby sitter in to celebrate my wife's Birthday we were really looking forward to some posh nosh(two coverts in the Michelin guide).
We had a long wait for someone to take our order with no explanation for the delay. We felt like we'd be forgotten. A shame as it marred what should have been a great evening.
Once seated though, the food was of a high standard and reasonably priced. The restaurant was pleasant to dine in. My wife didn't like the constant whering of the fan from the open kitchen but I enjoyed the novelty. We rushed our deserts just in time to make the pre booked taxi home. We would have liked to have finished in time to relax in the bar before going home.
The experience could have been greatly improved if we were seated and served fifty minutes earlier and if the owners made more of an effort to keep us informed.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank John100000
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas Day here. Nice laid back vibe but quietly organised. Delightful decorations.. Friendly staff. Chefs were treading on thin ice with their modern 'chefy' take on Christmas meal and pulled it off with full honours. We opted for the roasted white onion soup which was so delicious. The turkey main course was faultless - it was presented very differently than the orthodox traditional meal but we so enjoyed it to the point of waxing lyrical. I congratulate the kitchen on being daring. It was perfect. We are fussy punters too so you truly earned our praise. (I could understand some traditionalists sulking and refusing to acknowledge the skill of the chefs here, wanting their mound of conformity, but we can only be honest in our reception of the plates of food). I hope the chef stays here for a while so I can go back with friends and colleagues. It was lovely to see my Mum so happy at Christmas as its been a tough time for her. I love the setting here and it's a nice village. A quick walk up the hill opposite will get the appetite going. Merry Christmas.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Chester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Wouldn't go to this restaurant again. When we walked in we were not welcomed. We entered via the bar area and the woman behind the bar didn't even look at us, simply carried on talking to a couple of men she was engaged in conversation with. She eventually asked us what we wanted to drink but I got the general impression she wasn't happy in her job and didn't really want to ask us at all. We past another member of staff on the way into the restaurant area, who made no attempts to greet us or help us find a seat. We waited a long time for our food. The presentation of the food was good, but the portions were small and it was very expensive for what we had. I have been in better resaurants that have not cost so much and have had a much warmer atmosphere..

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hampshire,England
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights earlier this year. A lovely welcome was received from the reception staff. Room was cosy and well furnished. Evening meal was inventive and well served. A few good walks are accessible direct from the Inn. Would return.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Craigmark
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Property: The Inn at Grinshill
Address: High Street, Grinshill SY4 3BL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Grinshill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Grinshill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Inn at Grinshill 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Formerly a coaching Inn, our establishment today is an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary décor. Its transformation began in 2001 when we bought it and over 18 months we set about a dramatic rebuild and restoration. Although many thought us foolhardy and overly ambitious, today, even much changed, the Inn evokes a sense of its own history. Above all else, we and our team work to ensure our guests enjoy the very best in hospitality. The Inn is a Grade 2 listed Georgian property, in a conservation area, located in the lee of Grinshill which is a site of special scientific interest and an area of outstanding natural beauty. There is a little train station in the next village which is a short stroll away, adding to the charm of this rural retreat. ... more   less 
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