Going out in ShrewsburyShropshire

Discover the best pubs & restaurants in Shrewsbury

Town/City Name
Shrewsbury

County
Shropshire

Population
72,000

Going Out in Shrewsbury

About ShrewsburyAbout Shrewsbury

Nestled in the centre of Shropshire’s most wonderful areas of natural beauty, Shrewsbury is a large market town. The River Severn runs through the town which also sits within a few miles of the Welsh border. Shrewsbury has a wealth of history and contains some of Shropshire’s most impressive medieval style buildings, cathedrals, a beautiful Abbey and 9 bridges that cross the River Severn. Amongst Shrewsbury’s many history landmarks you will find Shrewsbury castle which is located in the centre of town set within beautifully landscaped grounds. Shrewsbury also houses the famous retired prison known as the Dana which you can visit and has been featured on several TV programmes.Shrewsbury’s quaint cobbled streets are lined with a wealth of boutique and quirky independent shops, with a fantastic indoor market hall which has won many awards including Britain’s Favourite Market Hall, back in the summer of 2018.

The magnificent train station has fantastic transport links, you can travel to other market towns that are fairly local to Shrewsbury such as Ludlow, or commute to a major city such as Manchester within 1hr 20min, London in 2 hrs 31mins and you can reach the Welsh coast in under 2 hours.

Shrewsbury has a vibrant and multicultural food and drink scene catering for all tastes and age ranges. The Pubs and Restaurants in Shrewsbury town are diverse and you can find pretty much anything that you crave, including: Gastro Pubs, British and Italian Restaurants, Indian Restaurants, Tapas, Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants, Fine Dining and more spontaneous eats such as award winning Fish & Chips, Chinese Takeaways, high quality Kebab Houses, Fast Food, Coffee Shops and Cafes – The historic market town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire really does have it all when it comes to places to eat and drink.Shrewsbury’s coat of arm depicts 3 loggerheads (leopards) with the motto Floreat Salopia translating to ‘May Shrewsbury Flourish’.

Shrewsbury is twinned with Zutphen in the Netherlands.

Places to eat in ShrewsburyPlaces to eat in Shrewsbury, Restaurants in Shrewsbury

Bombos Japanese Shrewsbury
Bombos
Japanese Shrewsbury
CSONS International Shrewsbury
CSONS
International Shrewsbury
House of the Rising Sun European Shrewsbury
House of the Rising Sun
European Shrewsbury
Peaberry Cafe Bar Mediterranean Shrewsbury
Peaberry Cafe Bar
Mediterranean Shrewsbury
The Curry House Indian Shrewsbury
The Curry House
Indian Shrewsbury
Ginger & Co Coffee Cafe Shrewsbury
Ginger & Co Coffee
Cafe Shrewsbury

Places to drink in Shrewsbury Places to drink in Shrewsbury, Pubs and Bars in Shrewsbury

The ALB Tapas Shrewsbury
The ALB
Tapas Shrewsbury
The Peach Tree Restaurant Pub/Bar Shrewsbury
The Peach Tree Restaurant
Pub/Bar Shrewsbury
The Loopy Shrew British Shrewsbury
The Loopy Shrew
British Shrewsbury
Darwin’s Kitchen British Shrewsbury
Darwin’s Kitchen
British Shrewsbury
The Crown Pub/Bar Shrewsbury
The Crown
Pub/Bar Shrewsbury
Blind Tiger Drinks Only Shrewsbury
Blind Tiger
Drinks Only Shrewsbury

A brief history of ShrewsburyA brief history of Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury was known as Scrobbesburh in Old English and to ancient Britons as Pengwern, the name eventually became Salop/Salopia which is still an alternative name for both town and county. It evolved further in to Schrosberie and finally to Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury was founded around 800 AD and was home to a mint in the 900s. In the late middle ages Shrewsbury’s success as a town cam e from wool production, The Shrewsbury Drapers Company dominated the Welsh wool trade during this time.

In 1403 The Battle of Shrewsbury took place in area now known as Battlefield. The battle was between Henry IV and Henry Hotspur Percy, the King was victorious. During the English Civil War Shrewsbury was a Royalist stronghold, the town finally fell due to a betrayal at what is now known as Traitors Gate or St Mary’s Water gate. Thomas Mytton was captured many Irish prisons hanged which in turn led to Prince Rupert executing parliamentary prisoners in nearby Oswestry.

In the 18th Century Shrewsbury became a popular stop off for people travelling from London to Ireland which led to a great many coach houses being built, some of which are still open for business today.

A lock of Emperor Napoleon’s hair is in the Shropshire Regimental Museum at Shrewsbury after he was sent to a nearby location to be guarded after his exile.

Shrewsbury is well known as the birthplace of Charles Robert Darwin, the naturalist, geologist and biologist, his book The Origin of the Species is widely considered the foundational concept in science.

During the second world war Shrewsbury received little damage helping the town keep many of its original buildings unlike many other English towns. The town wasn’t as lucky against 3 IRA bombings in 1992, severe damage was caused at the museum which saw many artefacts lost, the cost of the damage ran in to the hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Popular things to do in ShrewsburyPopular things to do in Shrewsbury

Great for kids in ShrewsburyGreat for kids in Shrewsbury

Great for dogs ShrewsburyGreat for dogs in Shrewsbury

Dog friendly bars in ShrewsburyDog friendly bars

Dog friendly restaurants in ShrewsburyDog friendly restaurants

Did you know?Did you know?

The Christmas Carol (1984) was filmed largely in Shrewsbury. You can see Ebenezer Scrooges gravestone in the cemetery at St Chads next to Quarry Park.

Hidden gems of ShrewsburyThe hidden gems of Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury was voted healthiest high street in the UK, meaning have the high street with most independent shops, here are a few: 

Clothing

Independent shopping centre

Books

Jewellery

Unique to ShrewsburyUnique to Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury holds a flower show in Quarry Park every year in August, usually the second Friday and Saturday of the month. It one of the largest events of its type in UK. It is also featured in the Guinness book of records as one of the longest running flowers shows in the world. 

The flowers show includes choirs, bands, a large kid’s area, food hall, food and drinks shows and a lecture marquee, the event ends with a fantastic closing display of fireworks bringing each day to a stunning climax.