Shropshire is blessed with plenty of fantastic pub and restaurant accommodation – here is our pick of the best.
The Baron at Bucknell
Chapel Lawn Rd, Bucknell SY7 0AH; 01547 530549
A warm and comfortable inn, five minutes from Bucknell station. For overnight guests there are eight luxurious rooms (each individually styled) with the promise of a hearty local breakfast the next morning. Three of these are garden rooms, with their own hot tubs and a natural swimming pond just for garden room guests. Have a look at the website for ten walks that start and finish at the Baron.
Ratlinghope SY5 0ST; 01588 650260
At the foot of the Long Mynd, where the River East Onny meets Darnford Brook, this former coaching stop attracts walkers, cyclists and people who appreciate good beer. It’s a tap house for the Three Tuns Brewery. Just yards away are a few clean and comfortable rooms (including a family suite, sleeping up to six people, complete with kitchenette) and the Smithy, a lovingly restored 16th-century blacksmiths that’s perfect for two.
The Charlton Arms
Ludford Bridge, Ludlow SY8 1PJ; 01584 872813
This warmly welcoming gourmet pub on Ludlow’s medieval Ludford Bridge has B&B accommodation, ranging from comfortable doubles to suites. The luxurious Othello Suite has a private terrace and hot tub, and several rooms overlook the River Teme.
The Clive Arms
© The Clive Arms
Bromfield SY8 2JR; 01584 856565
A comfortable accommodation option just a couple of miles outside of Ludlow, the Clive is a well-regarded restaurant on the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakly Park Estate, next door to the famous Ludlow Farmshop. The 18th-century building is a former farmhouse; nowadays the adjoining barns provide spacious en-suite rooms for guests, including a family suite.
The Coach House
Norbury SY9 5DX; 01588 650846
In the 18th century this cosy, characterful stone house was a coaching inn; in the 21st century it’s a weekend destination in its own. For maximum indulgence, book yourself a table for the tasting menu (you’ll be in excellent hands with talented head chef Harry Bullock) followed by a night in one of the sumptuous bedrooms.
The Crown Country Inn
Munslow SY7 9ET; 01584 841205
This former Hundred House is all Inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors and cosy wood beams. After dinner and wine in the two AA-rosette Corvedale Restaurant (a courtroom in the 17th century, sometimes presided over by ‘the hanging’ Judge Jeffreys), you need only climb some stairs to your comfortable bedroom in the Georgian stable block.
The Crown Inn
Wentnor SY9 5EE; 01588 650613
Wentnor’s 16th-century inn is homely and welcoming, with low beams, exposed brick fireplaces and hanging horse tack. Local breweries (including Hobsons) are well represented and the pub fare is satisfying, using meat sourced from Church Stretton and vegetables grown locally. The B&B accommodation comprises four bright, clean and characterful rooms with the option of a full English or veggie breakfast in the morning.
15 St Mary’s St, Shrewsbury SY1 1EQ; 01743 358870
Named after the English naturalist who was born in Shrewsbury in 1809, this quirky bar and kitchen has décor inspired by his fascination with nature and botany. Downstairs is the restaurant and leafy, tropical-feeling conservatory for sipping cocktails; upstairs you can stay in five-star comfort on a B&B basis.
10 St Mary’s Place, Shrewsbury SY1 1DZ; 01743 344679
The Shrewsbury Guild of Drapers was a powerful guild indeed, in existence since at least 1204 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1462. One of its many legacies is Drapers Hall, a distinctive timber-framed building (completed in 1576) near to St Mary’s Church. The guild, now known as Shrewsbury Drapers Co, still occupies the hall today, but on the ground floor and upstairs are a fine-dining restaurant (with two AA-rosette yet unpretentious food and a great bar) and boutique bedrooms, rich in comfort and original character.
The Down Inn
Ludlow Rd, Bridgnorth WV16 6UA; 01746 789539
Four miles from Bridgnorth, the Down Inn is a cosy, family-run country inn with beautifully clean and airy en-suite bedrooms. For extra space, request the family room; there’s also an easy-access bedroom with wet room on the ground floor. The tariff is reasonable, the ales are local, the English breakfasts are generous and the carvery served downstairs will fill you up.
The Golden Cross
14 Princess St, Shrewsbury SY1 1LP; 01743 362507
Even if the food weren’t great at this upscale Shrewsbury inn, it would still provide an atmospheric hideaway for a drink – and indeed the Golden Cross has been keeping the townspeople watered for almost 700 years. Luckily, the posh pub food matches the stylish ambience, taking the best produce from the region and indeed the current season. The Golden Cross is also a boutique hotel with five bedrooms, each one styled to bring out the best of the building’s medieval character while remaining supremely comfortable.
Upton Magna SY4 4TZ; 01743 709918
This modern-day coaching inn, awarded two AA rosettes for dining, serves beautifully cooked pub classics at lunchtime and a more ambitious evening line-up. At weekends you can book in for Basils, the in-house restaurant, enjoying a five-course tasting menu. The bar has its own house beer, Antler, made by Marston’s Brewery. Seven en-suite bedrooms await tired travellers, plus a three-bedroom barn for self-catering.
The Hundred House
Norton TF11 9EE; 01952 580240
Near to Bridgnorth is this eccentric-in-a-good-way Georgian country inn with restaurant, lauded for its Secret Gardens and two AA-rosette dining. For overnight guests the quirkily decadent rooms are a delight, with antique furnishings, chandeliers and four-poster or half-tester beds, and en-suite bathrooms with Victoria & Albert baths and luxurious rainshowers. You may even find a swing in your room.
Barrow St, Much Wenlock TF13 6EN; 01952 727251
Now a two AA-rosette restaurant with rooms, the Raven has a special place in Olympic history. In 1890 it hosted a pivotal dinner between Dr William Penny Brookes and Baron Pierre de Coubertin (look for a copy of the menu from that night in the bar), giving rise to the modern Olympic games. Guest rooms within the original 17th-century coaching inn are spacious with large sash windows, while the courtyard rooms in converted medieval barns have cosy oak beams and trusses. A short stroll from the main building is Much Wenlock’s Victorian forge where you’ll find the remaining large and airy rooms, several with decorative cast-iron fireplaces.
45 Willow St, Oswestry SY11 1AQ; 01691 655444
Often cited by local people as their special place to go for a celebratory dinner, Sebastians is one of Shropshire’s longest-established fine-dining restaurants, serving French-inspired cuisine. The 16th-century building has five characterful en-suite rooms – think oak beams and brass-framed beds – should you wish to extend your evening.
The White Horse
Pulverbatch SY5 8DS; 01743 718247
One of many country pubs flying the flag for Shropshire produce and real ale, the White Horse in Pulverbatch is popular with both locals and walkers so you’re advised to book ahead for a table. The Arriva bus 546 from Shrewsbury stops conveniently outside this warm 15th-century inn. Three recently refurbished, en-suite rooms are available on a B&B basis – and you can enjoy a full English breakfast in the morning. If you’re heading out walking, packed lunches and laundry services are available. There’s also space for caravans and motorhomes to park outside, overlooking the hills, for just a few pounds per night.
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