Places to go out & eat & drink in Shrewsbury
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Local Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs, Bars, etc in Shrewsbury

Places to eat & drink in Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury is built on rising ground in a loop of the river Severn which almost forms an island. England’s ‘finest Tudor town’ has always occupied an important position near the Welsh border and was the seat of the Welsh princes of Powys back in the 5th and 6th centuries. Later it became part of the region of Anglo-Saxon Mercia and during the Norman period was enhanced by its mighty stone castle as Edward l set out to subdue his Celtic enemies. Once an important centre of the clothing trade, this county town still has more than 600 listed buildings. The river is crossed by two fine bridges traditionally known as the English Bridge and the Welsh Bridge.

The castle was restored in the 18th century by the engineer and architect Thomas Telford. More famous these days is the local 11th century Benedictine abbey, setting for the Brother Cadfael novels by author Ellis Peters. The Cadfael connection is explored in 'The Shrewsbury Quest', a themed visitor centre near the Abbey. Shrewsbury public parks and gardens were made famous by the television appearances of their creator, gardener Percy Thrower and each year the town hosts the Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was born here and educated at the all-boys Shrewsbury School, founded by Edward Vl in 1552. Maybe there was something in the air in those days but he went on to pen his ‘On the Origin of the Species’ and change forever the way we interpret the world around us.

Outside the town stands the one-time Roman citadel of Viroconium which has undergone excavations from as far back as the 1860s. At one time it had a population numbering over 6,000 and is thought by some to have been a stronghold of King Arthur.

We cannot give a full list of all available food outlets but below is a small selection of those available in Shrewsbury or surrounding areas.

Places to eat & drink in Shrewsbury...

La Lanterna

St. Julian's, St. Alkmond Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Tel: 01743 233552         

La Lanterna is a small Italian Restaurant situated in Shrewsbury Town centre, in The Old Vestry at the back of St. Julian's. It is a very busy restaurant, especially in the evenings and weekends, so we recommend that you reserve your table in advance. We are a Smoke Free restaurant.
Type: Restaurant

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Saracens Restaurant and Hotel

Hadnall, Nr Shrewsbury, SY4 5TB
Tel: 01939 210877    E-mail:    

A historic Grade 11 listed building with great charm, housing the "Wishing Well Restaurant" and Wellington Dining room. Under the management of Sam Leese and family. A meal prepared by our award winning chef will delight your tastebuds. New Wishing Well Conservatory and secluded sun trapped courtyard, relax with a drink in our cosy bar..... Open for lunch and dinner or by arrangement for private functions. All dietary needs can be catered for. Disabled facilities available.
Type: Restaurant

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Burlton Inn

Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5TB
Tel: 01939 270284    Fax: 01939 270204
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The Burlton Inn is renowned for its delicious and imaginative award winning food, complimented by a selected range of real ales and fine wines. The menu offers a wide and varied choice of dishes with both local and global influences. As the seasons change so does the menu including a "Specials" board which recommends the latest from either the local butcher, fishmonger or greengrocer.
Type: Pub/Inn

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Mytton & Mermaid

Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 6QG
Tel: 01743 761220    Fax: 01743 761292

Antique oak tables, candles and freshly cut flowers alongside excellent food and fine wines from around the world, go hand in hand with friendly, efficient service. Food has always been a big passion of ours and we like people to come to us for something a little different. Our seasonal menu's incorporate local ingredients to inspire a modern British menu.
Type: Restaurant

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Abbots Mead Hotel

St Julian's Friars, Shrewsbury
Tel: 01743 235281         

Our 50 cover restaurant which over looks the garden at the rear of the hotel, offers A- La-Carte and Table d' hote menus, plus a selection of vegetarian dishes. All meals are freshly prepared using as much local produce as available by the hotel chef Andrew. The restaurant is also available for Weddings, christenings and all special occasions.
Type: Restaurant

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