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

Latest reviews from Shrewsbury

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 27 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 30 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 33 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 72 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 72 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 72 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 77 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 77 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 77 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 106 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 149 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 149 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 149 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 151 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 151 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 151 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 151 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 151 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 152 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 152 days ago
52 /100 SMITHFIELD ROAD
“8 real ales and 4 kegs, plenty of crafty bottles too, and the eponymous focus on one of my favourite UK brewers, yet a somewhat dissappointing experience. Unwelcoming sports bar vibe, nothing even approximating comfort, dog-owners vaping inside, this isn't where you go to appreciate a beer. Ticks and scarper would be my plan, the 3 ticks were on good form, in particular as sparklers were absent.“
FatPhil 152 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 152 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 152 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 152 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 152 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 153 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 153 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 153 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 153 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 153 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 155 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 155 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 155 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 155 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 291 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 291 days ago
70 /100
Armoury (Restaurant)
VICTORIA QUAY, VICTORIA AVENUE, WELSH BRIDGE
“In my opinion this one is top three in Shrewsbury Lovely restaurant close to the river Also possible to sit outside This area are really beautiful. Especially during summer with all the flowers Lovely food and a decent bottle/tap selection “
Cunningham 291 days ago
60 /100 LOWER CLAREMONT BANK
“Just another large Spoon Nothing wrong with that Always possible to find something and ok food But nothing to recommend either “
Cunningham 291 days ago
60 /100 BRIDGE PLACE
“Just another large Spoon Nothing wrong with that Always possible to find something and ok food But nothing to recommend either “
Cunningham 291 days ago
70 /100 SMITHFIELD ROAD
“Top three in Shrewsbury! Lovely little place in the middle of the town. Probably 10 min walk from the train station. Quite good bottle selection and a decent tap/cask selection Also possible to sit outside. And watch sports Absolutely recommendable“
Cunningham 291 days ago
76 /100 10 MARDOL HEAD
“WoW Top three in Shrewsbury! Lovely little place in the middle of the town. Probably 10 min walk from the train station. Nice bottle selection and a small decent tap selection Highly recommendable “
Cunningham 291 days ago
74 /100
Woodfield Stores (Grocery Store)
52 WOODFIELD RD
“Small community shop with an emphasise on local / regional produce, almost like a farm shop than a typical neighbourhood corner shop, with a good range of bottled local beer, both on the shelf and in the fridge. It's hidden deep within the Copthorne area of Shrewsbury, a short walk from Shrewsbury. If you're in the Quarry park you could get to it in about 5-10 minutes via the suspension bridge by the Boathouse. Definitely seems to have a much larger range of Salopian (core and black label), Hobsons, Woods & Purple Moose than most other places in Shrewsbury. Good prices.“
minutemat 325 days ago
74 /100 4 CASTLE FOREGATE
“Visited on 11th June 2019, rained all day! You have to walk through the Snug to get into the main room and bar; nice decor with a pleasant feel to the whole place. Nine keg lines, one of which is a cider, two are regular lagers and the other six are changing 'craft beers'. They also have one hand-pull and loads of Gin. Didn't check out the bottles and cans, no beer menu's to see either. Friendly lass behind the bar and my two beers were fine, another good pub in Shrewsbury,“
BlackHaddock 353 days ago
76 /100
Woodfield Stores (Grocery Store)
52 WOODFIELD RD
“Visited on 22nd May 2019. Small shop in a quiet, affluent area of Shrewsbury. Focuses on local beers mostly with Hobsons, Salopian and Stonehouse to the fore. Ciders also feature along with Purple Moose and Monty's beers from Wales. Friendly couple fronting the place, coffee available to drink in; nice little set up. I found five new Salopian beers and a can from Munich to buy. Prices reasonable.“
BlackHaddock 373 days ago
68 /100
Woodman (Bar)
32 COTON HILL
“About a 5 minute walk out of town from the train station, this is one of 3 pubs clustered together on the corner of Coton Hill. A popular locals pub amongst residents here, it's split between two main rooms with a small outside seating area round the back. Usually focus on Sheffield or Huddersfield breweries such as Abbeydale and Mallinsons for no obvious reason, and usually have most of each brewery's new releases. Probably the pick of the three pubs on this corner.“
minutemat 411 days ago
76 /100
Abbey (Bar)
83 MONKMOOR ROAD
“A popular family pub located about a ten minute walk from the centre of Shrewsbury. General vibe is of an affordable family-friendly food-led pub with a drinks range that covers all bases. Solid real-ale line-up with usually 6 rotating ale lines from Shropshire / West Midlands, usually bitters and golden ales but if you're lucky you might find the odd hopped-up offering from Mobberley or Salopian. 2 keg lagers, 2 keg IPAs (Gamma Ray or Goose Island). Lillies Mango on keg with a range of Lillies fruit box ciders in the fridge. Generally quite a nice, warm comfortable place with plenty of areas to hide in private. Large outdoor seating area with dog station, though dogs aren't allowed inside. If walking from Shrewsbury you can take the route via the Abbey church itself over the English Bridge, or depending on where you are in the town centre, if you're near the Station Hotel for example, you can join the river towpath and cross the footbridge just before the Weir. Fun fact: this building was formerly the home of one of the Southam brothers, who started Shrewsbury's now defunct Southam Brewery, before conversion to a pub.“
minutemat 411 days ago
90 /100 10 MARDOL HEAD
“One of mine and my partners favorites. Her favorite for the crepes and hot chocolates, mine for the bottle fridge. Matt & Sophie are both very nice and informative, lovely ambiance and French feel to the place. Highly recommended.“
AndyTF2 480 days ago
70 /100 4 CASTLE FOREGATE
“Visited on 31st December 2018. 2 roomed trad looking place over the road from the station. Focus is on gin with 4 guest craft beers and a decent range in the fridge. Decor is smart and modern. Prices decent. Service good. Nice place.“
WingmanWillis 516 days ago