Restaurants

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…
Cafe in Ludlow

Ludlow Kitchen

Produce from the Ludlow Food Centre artisanal farm shop is served at this sunlit cafe 4 miles northwest of Ludlow off Bromfield Rd (the A49). Fantastic breakfasts (homemade toasted muesli; full English fry-ups with …
Cafe in Ludlow

Green Cafe

The Slow Food–accredited Green Cafe takes full advantage of its riverside position overlooking the weir with 25 al fresco seats (plus another 30 inside). Outstanding food spans warm salt brisket-beef baps (soft brea…
Pub Food in Church Stretton & Around

Bridges

Some 5 miles northeast of Church Stretton, at the base of Long Mynd by the river, this is one of those secret country pubs revered for its live music, riverside terrace, relaxed accommodation (dorm/double from £27/5…
Deli in Ironbridge Gorge

Deli-Dale

This wonderful deli is far and away the best place in the area for a light meal. Steaming-hot soups, salads, cakes and sandwiches are all freshly made; take them away or else dine in the cosy shop or at umbrella-sha…
Indian in Ironbridge Gorge

Pondicherry

Original features of this 1862-built former police station and courtroom include four lock-up cells (one's now the takeaway waiting area), the magistrate's bench, and blue-painted bars on the windows. Above-average …
Seafood in Ludlow

Fish House

Except on Saturdays when it's first-come, first-served, bookings are recommended for the barrel tables at this stylish fish and oyster bar. It sources Britain's best seafood – Whitby dressed crab, Arbroath smokies 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…