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The Shrewsbury Hotel is a JF Wetherspoons hotel. The servery is straight in the door and stretches to the right and left. The drinking/dining area is splits into several sections, a couple very small, to fit the opening up of the building.

A half pint here

Real Ale: Jurassic (DBC);  Victory at waterloo (lees); Doombar;

                Abbot; Greene king IPA; Nightmare (Hambleton);

                Nognec Asian pale Ale

Bitter:       John Smith

Lager:      Heineken;  Fosters; Tuborg;  Stella; 1664;

Cider: Strongbow Guinness

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It does not matter if your glass is half full or half empty if you have plenty of glasses.

The Alb is a recently modernised and shifted up-market small lounge with and upstairs restaurant. Food and cocktails are highlighted. The beers are hidden to the left of the servery. There are dining style tables along the window side with tall tables and stools in the centre. It has a seating area outside on wide pavement.

Have a half  pint here

Real Ale:   Shropshire Gold (Salopian); Doombar; Zombie

Lager:       Peroni; Coors Light; Blue Moon; Grolsch

Cider:   Stowford press Guinness

There are Four Trails running on from one another therefore you can actually start at any of the 28 pubs and move on the number you wish. The complete trail will start at the railway station and return there at the end.


First Section - to the Welsh bridge and river. (blue icons)


Leaving the station car park cross over at the cross-roads and walk towards the river. Follow the curve around and walk on to next corner where The Alb is. Continue along this road which runs parallel to the river. At the next corner is The Salopian.

keep walking along the road and at the next corner turn left into Mardol where The King's Head is immediately on your left. On the opposite corner is The Shrewsbury Hotel. The Hotel's car park ends where the main road meets The Welsh Bridge. Cross over here to keep walking by the river. In quick succession are (on next page) Hickory's (formerly The Waterfront) and The Armoury. Cutting back there is a pathway between These two pubs. Walking up the brings you to Montgomery's Tower.

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King’s Head is an old (14th Century?) pub and looks it from the outside. Inside is opened up giving lots of room with darkness the only reference to a past age. There are table and seats to either side of the main door and the servery is past a large standing area.

Have a half pint here

Real Ale : Mojo (Robinsons); Doombar; Joker (Backyard) Side Pocket (Tring)

Bitter:  John Smiths

Lager: Carling; Stella

Cider;  Stowford press           Guinness

The Salopian is a bright blue bar on a corner opposite the river. There is some outside seating by the road. Inside there is a modern bar with a servery  mainly to the front but with a small counter to the right. The room is L-shaped around the severy with some small tables opposite the counter, tall tables in the far corner and lower tables around the corner. They try to have 8 real ales on. There are several TVs showing sports all the time.

This pub has been Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA pub of the year 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012


Have three here!

Real Ale : Oracle (Salopian);  Millstone (True Grit); Harbour Brewing Light Ale; Kashmir (Salopian) ; Seville (Dark Star); Infinity (blue Monkey);Station (Stonehouse); Citra (Oakham)

Lager: Grolsch;  Carling

Cider Guinness


The 28 pubs in the Shrewsbury Trail cater for a wide range of customers.

There are cafe-bars, restaurant-bars, old corner pubs, food-bars, shiny new lounges and some past their sell by date.


Most pubs have real ale and some have lots of it. the vast majority offer food and some are food places that offer beer.


There is a lot of outside seating available. most try to offer at least seating by the road to watch the shoppers go by. A few have actual beer gardens but many more have some sort of patio or at least a small open area for smokers.


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Shrewsbury is an Historic market town near the England-Wales border. The centre of the town is almost surrounded by a loop in the river Severn.  One road comes in from the North, close to the railway station,  without crossing the river while two roads enter the town centre by bridges, one called the English Bridge and the other The Welsh Bridge.

Shrewsbury is the county town from Shropshire. It is actually a large town with around 100,000 of a population. However, the city centre seems removed from  this largeness as it is 80% surrounded by the river Severn which gives it a separate feel. This is where the old town was and the new is built with and on it.

Shopping is varied with national chain stores in the shopping centres and local shops and boutiques in the local streets. The centre has many pubs, cafes and restaurants

Shrewsbury has an Abbey ( associated with the fictional character Brother Cadfael from the books by Ellis Peters), a Cathedral and a Castle.

Nearby is the World Heritage site of Ironbridge, also Stokesay Castle and Acton Burnell Castle. Nearby  National Trust properties include Attingham Park and Cronkhill Villa.

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