Shrewsbury Beer Guide: Your Shrewsbury guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Shrewsbury

66 /100
Sophie's Beer Store (Internet-based)
10 MARDOL HEAD
“Great selection of bottles and cans that can be consumed on the premises.“
Wirralbeerveg 12 days ago
74 /100
Tap & Can (Bar)
13 CASTLE GATES
“A“
Wirralbeerveg 13 days ago
74 /100 10 MARDOL HEAD
“Worth a hit this one...“
Wirralbeerveg 13 days ago
52 /100
Alb (Bar)
14 SMITHFIELD ROAD
“Visited on 14th Sep 2020. It's had new lease of life since I last went in, it's now trying to be a trendy cocktail/wine bar (and failing) compared to the rough house it used to be. Black and white decor inside, outside drinking area out front, triangular plot, so a pointed frontage. Loud music, even at 18:00 on a Monday. Both members of staff pleasant enough, covid rules withstanding. Six pedestrian keg lines, no cask, small can selection (4) hidden away behind the bar (with no beer menu). Not a place I could recommend and somewhere that will not see my custom again.“
BlackHaddock 15 days ago
64 /100
Alb (Bar)
14 SMITHFIELD ROAD
“Cocktail bar and kitchen which offers a small number of beers (Camden Pale & Helles, Goose Island Midway) and ciders (Angry Orchard) on tap, and a handful of cans and bottles, some less mainstream. Inside is relatively small, and dark, and there is an outside seating area which can prove to be a bit of a sun-trap but is also right by the main road through the town.“
reidyboy 29 days ago
48 /100 14 CASTLE GATES
“Very surprised to find this on the data base, nothing wrong with the place (although they do get a bit of trouble now and again), but it's a bog standard Marston's house with nothing for a beer hunter to find unless they haven't been to England before and fancy a bland cask ale, or a common keg beer.“
BlackHaddock 37 days ago
74 /100 59A WYLE COP
“Visited for the second time on 22nd Aug 2020. First time was back in 2018 when it first opened. It's Shrewsbury's first 'hipster pub'. One cask line, 10/12 keg options and some interesting cans to choose from. Upstairs is wooden floors and open brick walls, street level more cafe like in nature. Friendly and pretty expensive, music was a tad loud for a Saturday afternoon for me.“
BlackHaddock 37 days ago
72 /100
Abbey (Bar)
83 MONKMOOR ROAD
“Visited on the afternoon of 22nd Aug 2020. It's a Stonegate Pub (small chain) and pretty foodie. Clean, tidy and neatly decorated, plush in fact. large beer garden and multi roomed. No new ticks for me, but six hand-pulls and some 'craft' keg lines. Friendly enough staff but too far from the centre unless you have plenty of time and fancy a pleasant walk.“
BlackHaddock 37 days ago
84 /100
Sophie's Beer Store (Internet-based)
10 MARDOL HEAD
“Brilliant online store which has cropped up since the COVID-19 pandemic. A massive selection of beer, plus a few well-chosen ciders. Lots of Belgians here, but the beers come from many places in Europe, although there are a handful from USA and New Zealand. My order included quite a few harder-to-find breweries such as Mad Scientist from Hungary, Germany's Sudden Death and the Corfu craft brewery Seven Island. Worth checking out!“
jjsint 48 days ago
60 /100 22 WYLE COP
“Small pub in the main street on the drag UP from English Bridge. On entering from the street, you immediately hit the bar (literally) ! Two sharp turns to get you to the rest of the pub. Front room is small with wooden panelling all over the place, another room farther back is larger with painted walls, and finally out back there is a beer garden which is the largest space of all ! Beer range normally consist of 6 cask ales (two sets of 3 pumps). Features mainly the local regional breweries such as Three Tuns, Wye Valley and Hobsons, sometimes one or two from further afield (e.g. Otter). Even post lockdown there were 5 beers on when visited. TV in front bar which is normally showing sport in normal times, but muted and not a large screen anyway. It’s doubtful if you’ll get any ticks here, but it’s a pleasant friendly place, and convenient resting halfway up the hill ! “
Martinsh 53 days ago
82 /100
Tap & Can (Bar)
13 CASTLE GATES
“Sunday afternoon; 26th July 2020. Met two other 'Ratebeerians' on arrival (Martin and Glen), my first visit. Modern, minimalist in design, benches and long tables mostly. Bar at the far end, three cask lines in use, loads of keg lines and plenty of interesting options in the fridge. Friendly owners and customers. Cosy it isn't, but can't be beaten in Shrewsbury for choice of beers if you fancy a ticking frenzy.“
BlackHaddock 64 days ago
60 /100 59A WYLE COP
“This is a new bar at the bottom end of Wyle Cop close to the bridge. Somewhat over the top in the post lock down world, queuing outside awaiting someone to notice you and guiding you to a table then having your rights read, I think they need to calm down on that front, but the bar is pleasantly light and open. High benches and school tables, not the comfiest but fine. You are currently not allowed to approach the bar to see what the beers are, which really gets my goat, but I do notice that they keep Untapp'd up to date, so that might be your best route, beers served at the table. Once they calm down it could be an interesting and pleasant place to visit, early days.“
imdownthepub 65 days ago
82 /100
Tap & Can (Bar)
13 CASTLE GATES
“Modern Craft bar quite close to the station in Shrewsbury. Visited in first month post lock down so everyone finding their feet but this seemed to do it without too much fuss, gathering information via a QR code and having dividers across the benches. All 4 cask lines were in operation along with a decent range of craft keg. Nicely busy on a Saturday afternoon. The fridges appeared to be well stocked, the owners liked a chat when they had time. Well worth a visit, a great addition to the Shrewsbury scene.“
imdownthepub 65 days ago
84 /100
Sophie's Beer Store (Internet-based)
10 MARDOL HEAD
“Solid place to get beer delivery from during the COVID-19 lock down. Easy to use and organized website. Ordered on a Weds afternoon (1600) and received my shipment by 1200. Great email correspondence as well and delivery service.“
SHIG 149 days ago
92 /100
Sophie's Beer Store (Internet-based)
10 MARDOL HEAD
“Easy to use website, interesting beers, good prices, swift delivery and no hassle. What else is there to say? Not too sure what score to put for 'Ambiance'?“
BlackHaddock 152 days ago
84 /100
Tap & Can (Bar)
13 CASTLE GATES
“Relatively new craft beer bar in Shrewsbury town centre (opened early December 2019), a stone's throw from the Railway Station and well worth a visit - 4 cask ale pumps & 10 draught taps offering an array of styles and breweries on a rotating basis, along with fridges offering a variety of cans and bottles. Very pleasant and accommodating staff, it has a great, friendly vibe and an excellent place to while away a few hours.“
reidyboy 155 days ago
70 /100 SWAN HILL
“A decent enough venue, smallish front bar and large dining area at the back. Salopian Oracle was well served, although there wasn't much of a selection available.“
Beermenace 194 days ago
56 /100 1 MILK STREET
“This would have been a lovely old pub years ago, but with a modern looking interior now in place the character has been lost. The focus seems to be on food now, ale selection was atrocious. I had a swift half and legged it.“
Beermenace 194 days ago
80 /100 1 CHURCH ST.
“The only pub that I really liked, on my recent trip to Shrewsbury. Very old traditional alehouse, multiple rooms to drink in, old posters and various bric a brac scattered round the place. Most of the beers were from the Marston's stable, so I opted for a guest ale from Young's, a double chocolate stout that went down a treat. Probably not a pub for militant feminists, as one of the rooms was men only up until 1975!“
Beermenace 194 days ago
72 /100 4 FISH STREET
“The Three Fishes is a pleasant and beer-led pub. It's quite old-fashioned and attracts an old-fashioned clientele. It's not the cheapest place in town, but the five casks, which offer beers from the likes of Ossett, Oakham, Ludlow and Salopian, are well-chosen and in good condition. One of those pubs that's better than the sum of its parts. I'd recommend popping in to see what is available.“
jjsint 199 days ago
62 /100 22 WYLE COP
“Basic pub with a crowded front area and more seating at the back. Not a massive beer list, they carry a few local beers on cask: Hobsons, Three Tuns and the like. Not the cheapest pub in the area but not terrible value either. Decent enough place but not all that remarkable. There are more beer-oriented venues to be found in Shrewsbury.“
jjsint 199 days ago
70 /100
Appleyards Delicatessen (Grocery Store)
85 WYLE COP
“Old quirky shop full with a variety of meats and cheeses etc. Good selection of local(ish) beers from Woods to Titanic etc“
AndyTF2 199 days ago
66 /100 30 BYNNER STREET, BELLE VUE
“Locals pub in the pleasant back streets south of the river, but can be easily walked from the centre. Traditional in appearance without being flashy about it, you come here for the ale selection as this is a popular haunt for CAMRA enthusiasts. You'll find something local here. The front of the pub has a courtyard mainly for parking but the rear has a beer terrace and bowling green.“
ManVsBeer 228 days ago
54 /100 4 CASTLE FOREGATE
“My top place in Shrewsbury. Oh, that's my top place to stay, not to drink, the room was a very decent price and it was quiet and comfortable too! The pub itself was infested by metastatised craftitis, there was craftbeer craftbeer everywhere, nor any drop to drink. Craftbeer, craftbeer everywhere, those toilets sure did stink. At least we could run away with a bottle to catch our train. I'm sure this provides the kraft ticks, but I'd much rather have a well-made twiggy bitter. Staff were fine, no complaints there. Prices quite crafty too, but resident/take-away discount only made them a complete rip-off (when you consider how much we drainpoured).“
FatPhil 271 days ago
56 /100 12 CASTLE FOREGATE TOWN CENTRE
“Seems rougher than some of the others in vibe, but don't be off-put; a bit like some of the north Oxford pubs, it's an urban workers' pub. Went here for the St. Anne's, and it proper delivered - 3 real ale ticks, on pretty good form too, one excelled. Staff were fine, customers chatty, you might even encounter a cancerous dog if you hurry. Excellent prices, makes you wonder if everyone else in town is ripping you off?“
FatPhil 271 days ago
52 /100 14 CASTLE GATES
“Looks a bit of a typical English boozer from the outside, the only non-typical feature is the wonky windows on the right - no, you're not drunk, they are that way. Inside, it's a very pleasant bar, big wooden serving area, 4 hand pumps front and centre, and a Marston's (their tie) tick for me. Competent service. Interesting locals speaking some dialect that seems closer to goblinish than any language I understand. Extremely convenient for the station, and a pleasant venue, but unlikely to be a tick source particularly often, I'm guessing.“
FatPhil 271 days ago
84 /100
Tap & Can (Bar)
13 CASTLE GATES
“Visited on 14th December 2019. Single roomed micropub situated close to the Railway station. Decor is very smart and modern. Several well stocked fridges on the left and a great array of cask and keg beers available. Seem to have done a deal with Atkien of Kaufbeuren as 3 or 4 of their beers on. A good selection of cask and keg beers from the UKs better brewers. Staff were super friendly, even had a chat with the owners dad. No food available. Prices good. A really great place in Shrewsbury and a must stop off, especially if you've got time between trains.“
WingmanWillis 273 days ago
56 /100 16 CASTLE GATES
“Fairly pleasant boozer. Lots of brickwork, including a large double-sided fireplace. Mind the step to the bar, mind you. 4 real ales, one being a local tick for me, and 12 craft keg. Very convenient for the station, so a pretty solid one to include on a crawl no matter if you're local or on tour.“
FatPhil 273 days ago
58 /100 49-50 WYLE COP
“Pleasant well-lit hotel bar. 4 real ales, and 4 craft keg. Interesting selection of bottles in the fridge, some not so commonly seen, and including some cider ticks for this tourist. Friendly staff. Food looked a bit premium, but there are hundreds of other places to eat, if you chose to do it here, you deserve to pay for it.“
FatPhil 273 days ago
52 /100 1 MILK STREET
“5 hand pumps and 8 kegs. Banks's beers on OK form. Competent staff. Pleasant eatery environment, centrally located. Blah, blah, blah. There's better in town, but a lot worse too.“
FatPhil 273 days ago
56 /100 50 HIGH ST
“Nice little family-run local with some OK Banks ticks (and other Marstons non-ticks) on draught. Friendly staff happy to recommend other pubs in town. Locals chatty too, got an introduction into the origins of the regional names from one amateur linguist lady.“
FatPhil 273 days ago
66 /100 4 FISH STREET
“A slightly cockeyed, dimly lit Tudor buildingdripping history inside and out. Old pump clips adorn the ceiling's beams. A quiet locals' pub that gave us a tasty beer on absolutely top condition, for the best prices in town so far - 6 real ales, 5 macrokegs. No music. This place was so quiet, in fact, that we wanted to whisper while here, though more people, of a mix of ages, arrived, and a general burbling of conversation did develop. Opening hours seem to sometimes have a mid-afternoon break, so plan well.“
FatPhil 274 days ago
56 /100 15 BELLSTONE
“Cafe? Restaurant? Bar? Who cares, it's got 3 real ales plus 10 keg taps, including a house beer from Joule's. Best of all, the staff immediately volunteered exactly what it was an alias of when I asked who brewed it. Nice place, balancing sophistication and comfort.“
FatPhil 274 days ago
52 /100 48 MARDOL
“Beautiful tudor building outside and in, very cosy interior, reclaimed historical dark beams, and very few straight lines. Only one of the 3 hand-pulls on, but it was a tick, a small selection of macrap also available. Staff served us a first pour of the day which was poor, but happily replaced it when the issue was reported, still, the mistake should not have been made. Looks like they do traditional pub grub lunches, 12-3, but didn't eat. More a venue for the appearance, rather than a ticking venue.“
FatPhil 274 days ago
68 /100
Armoury (Restaurant)
VICTORIA QUAY, VICTORIA AVENUE, WELSH BRIDGE
“More restaurant/cafe than bar, but theoretically sells beer, which is what's important. Started the monday morning crawl here as it apparently had the friendliest opening hours. This confused the staff, as they thought they weren't open. After a little head-scratching they realised that they were indeed open, so we proceeded with plan A. 8 real ales, including 4 ticks for me, made this the best haul of the trip, samples offered, though thirds were not. Upon leaving most of one of the beers, staff did inquire why, and we reassured them it was just preference/mood, not an intrinsic flaw with it, and they did understand what I was going on about. Lovely large open building, busy decorations, even down to a small library at one end, wonderful window views too. Seems popular with an older crowd early in the day, nothing wrong with that. Great place, well worth a visit.“
FatPhil 274 days ago
62 /100 SWAN HILL
“Lived in, but not tatty interior, quirky layout with multiple bars/snugs. Final pub of the day, and the staff were happy to start cleaning up around us without disturbing us. Good prices, and found multiple (2 beer, 1 cider) ticks, even tough the selection wasn't huge. A worthy stop, as you're coming to the Benbow already on your crawl. Upstairs loos and creaky staircase gave a Pint Shop (Cambridge) feel to the place.“
FatPhil 274 days ago
68 /100 24, SWANHILL
“6 real ales, 10 keg, plus many bottles. Nice boozer, unpretentious, but not grotty. I always like seeing hopbines, and the ceiling here ticked that box, as well as having picturesque beams. Quiet ambience, candle-lit, really pleasant venue. Friendly service. Must-hit stop on a crawl.“
FatPhil 274 days ago
58 /100 NEW ST
“Pleasant enough gastropub next to the river, near the north side of the Porthill footbridge, so a sensible route to return to the centre after the Bricklayers Arms. Didn't have any ticks for us, so didn't stay, but did have 4 real ales on from the 6 hand pulls.“
FatPhil 275 days ago
60 /100 COPTHORNE ROAD
“A little bit of a trek, but worth it. Lovely wood interior. Spacious, but the L-shaped bar dominates the place. Was quiet on a sunday night, we were the only customers. Great staff, informed us we were their first Estonians. Sampler tray available, which was useful. Joule's beers all on form.“
FatPhil 275 days ago
72 /100 17 FRANKWELL
“Pubs don't get much better than 8 bag-in-box real ciders and perries, and a troubadour playing Madness songs on an acoustic guitar. Couldn't do justice to the cider list - too many ticks to be practical. Tiny place, really cosy, friendly staff. Top spot, well worth crossing the river for.“
FatPhil 275 days ago
64 /100 128 FRANKWELL
“3 hand pull, 9 keg beers, 1 cider. Coctails seem to be popular though. Lovely steampunk interior, if you like cogs, you'll be happy. Competent staff, but slightly scary prices for England: 2.95 for a half. Craft's gotta craft, I guess. Nice venue, has real character.“
FatPhil 275 days ago
52 /100 137 FRANKWELL
“Felt a little like an outsider here. Window seats let us hide behind a brick pillar and pretend we didn't exist. Nice enough internals though, and the 4 hand-pulls gave us a tick - absolutely filled to the brim, but unfortunately with a northern sparkler, that ruined the beer. 50m from the wheatsheaf, and that's where you ought to be heading if you cross the river to this side.“
FatPhil 275 days ago
54 /100 BRIDGE PLACE
“Large spoons, didn't have a particularly comfortable feel to it, there is a bit of an impersonal hotel feel I quess. Beer selection typical for JDW - found me a tick. Not too busy, so I didn't have a delay in being served.“
FatPhil 277 days ago
64 /100
Royal Oak (Bar)
COTON HILL
“The Sky Sports banner is a little off-putting, and the main bar has tellies aplenty to justify their claims of catering to sports lovers, but fortunately there's a small cosy side lounge with a bay window which is much quieter, and a very pleasant place to watch the world go by. 10 real ales, including 3 winners. All beers listed on monitors behind the bar, so order-by-number is a protocol that works. Had the glasses for 3 thirds, but not the entries in the till, so we overpaid, but the prices were darn cheap anyway, I considered this just to be a tip. Quality was pretty solid. Like the Woodman, definitely worth a visit.“
FatPhil 277 days ago
70 /100
Woodman (Bar)
32 COTON HILL
“A quick hop from the Bird, and a step up in almost every possible way. Only one tick here, but the selection was pretty varied across 10 hand-pulls, and the one we had was in excellent condition Classic English pub, where we ended up sitting had a beautiful wood interior, fireplaces, and subdued lighting that made it feel a bit like a library reading room, very relaxing. Two bars, not connected internally at all. A feature that permits me to give an extra point for the staff - they were lovely and chatty, telling us about the history of the pub, and permitting us to hop between bars via the serving area. A great place, and well worth a visit.“
FatPhil 277 days ago
48 /100 51 COTON HILL
“My first stop in Shrewsbury - the Coton Hill corner of town. Locals pub, seemed quite popular, the bar had a tatty lino-floored pool area, but a more pleasant fireplace side with no remaining seating space, filled with punters who seemed perturbed or confused by the arrival of non-locals. Found a local tick, and a second, larger, room which was completely empty - plenty of wood, and nice bay windows, but creepy in its deserted state, knowing the other bar was full. Staff were perturbed or confused by the concept of giving correct change. One for completists.“
FatPhil 277 days ago
54 /100 12 CASTLE FOREGATE TOWN CENTRE
“Hmm the customers were like described by BlackHaddoc Not that I have a problem with that I would gladly stayed here for a couple of beers more Not that good selection. But some new for me Just across the street when you are at the train station I would recommend Station Hotel instead“
Cunningham 413 days ago
72 /100 4 CASTLE FOREGATE
“Hmmm this one is also a contender for a top three spot Ok it is a really Gin place. But the bottle/can selection is really god! Small pub located at the hotel just across the street when you are at the train station Also a decent tap selection “
Cunningham 413 days ago