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Top Choice Modern British in Shrewsbury

Golden Cross

Overwhelmingly romantic, this candlelit inn dating from 1428 has an impeccably executed menu spanning mains such as roast pumpkin and chestnut gnocchi or garlic- and rosemary-marinated lamb with creamed leek to lush…
Pub in Shrewsbury

Henry Tudor House

Tucked off Wyle Cop, this seriously overhanging black-and-white beauty was built in the early 15th century and is where Henry VII stayed before the Battle of Bosworth. Today it melds old and new with a zinc bar, lig…
Church in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Abbey

All that remains of a vast, cruciform Benedictine monastery founded in 1083 is the lovely red-sandstone Shrewsbury Abbey. Twice used for meetings of the English Parliament, the Abbey church lost its spire and two wi…
Church in Shrewsbury

St Mary's Church

The fabulous interior of this tall-spired medieval church contains an impressive collection of stained glass, including a 1340 window depicting the Tree of Jesse (a biblical representation of the lineage of Jesus) a…
Cafe in Shrewsbury

No 4 Butcher Row

Tucked away near St Alkmond's Church, this hip, bare-boards split-level cafe is best known for its fantastic breakfasts, from eggs Benedict to bacon baguettes or a full English with freshly squeezed juices. Light lu…
Cafe in Shrewsbury

Ginger & Co

A successful crowd-funding campaign propelled the opening of this airy, L-shaped cafe filled with upcycled furniture. It's a great option for a light brunch or lunch (smashed avocado on artisan toast with oak-smoked…
French in Shrewsbury

Drapers Hall

The sense of history is palpable in this beautifully preserved 16th-century hall, fronted by an elegant Elizabethan facade. Award-winning Anglo-French haute cuisine is served in rooms adorned with wood panelling and…
Castle in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Castle

Hewn from flaking red Shropshire sandstone, the town castle contains the Shropshire Regimental Museum. There are fine views from Laura's Tower and the battlements. The lower level of the Great Hall dates from 1150.
Pub in Shrewsbury


Despite being a modern creation, this cavernous brick space with long wooden tables, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, assorted collectables and the aromas of fine cooking feels like it has been here for generations.
Deli in Shrewsbury

Appleyards Delicatessen

A cornucopia of cheeses, ales, ciders and other Shropshire specialities crams this traditional shop.