39 restaurants in Shrewsbury
Restaurants in Shrewsbury:
Wem Road, Shrewsbury, SY4 3DS [Map]
Part of the Whitbread family, Table Table restaurants aim to bring great value tasty pub food to an ever increasing eating-out public who like well prepared and genuine food served by friendly staff in relaxing surroundings. If that sounds too much like a dream come true be assured that at Table Table they also walk the talk, and are pleased to have the chance to prove it.
Their well located restaurants are spread across a wide range of decors and styles, and all of them share a determination to provide comfort, warmth and relaxation. Their buffet menus for special occasions are remarkable value.
In keeping with modern trends they provide dishes to nibble or share as guests consider the spread of options on a menu that could be described as British with welcome incursions. So as you share long Italian flatbread, and dough balls and dips, or a sharing platter with an imaginative range of finger food starting with garlic and breaded mushrooms, it's time to think about the relative merits of aromatic duck parcels, a prawn cocktail, breaded Camembert or sticky chicken goujons to name but a few.
Many an innocent dish from the past has been hi-jacked in the best possible sense into becoming what is now called a 'pub classic'. Wiltshire cure ham with eggs is served with chunky chips and beef, mushroom and ale pie, or chicken and chips are all familiar with British tables, be they in the dining room or the kitchen. Now they have been added to by chicken fajitas, a sweet red pepper, crème fraiche and fennel tart, a leg of duck slowly cooked and served with a Bramley apple and cider sauce, or chilli con carne with basmati rice, sour cream and guacamole and nachos. So is the humble burger with six enticing toppings.
The point is they, and others, are all here at Table Table, well prepared with quality ingredients, and presented in a way that makes you hungry even if you thought you weren't.
Getting down to the more serious side of the table keep an eye open for the seafood pie, a delightful assembly of things fishy including crayfish, red snapper, prawns and clams. Many of their steaks are 28 days matured, including a 7oz fillet. All steaks are served with watercress, roasted cherry tomatoes, a flat mushroom and chunky chips. A choice from 4 sauces adds the final touch of enjoyment.
Pastas and salads embrace some well known and loved names, but for sheer enjoyment the hot smoked salmon salad takes some beating - flakes of hot smoked salmon mixed with a house salad and soy and ginger sauce. A real winner.
Snacks aplenty cover hot baguettes with the like of grilled pork loin and Bramley apple sauce, sandwiches filled with Cheddar cheese, or prawns and Marie Rose sauce, and jacket potatoes with such temptations as chilli con carne. Add a bowl of chips for only a little extra.
A well travelled wine list offers helpful advice for the uninitiated and there's an impressive choice of draught and bottled beers and lagers. All in all it would appear that Table Table are more than achieving their aims, providing the opportunity for people to eat out enjoyably, with excellent value for money. Long may they continue to do so.
For completely up to date information on menu changes and special offers do make a regular check on their lively Website.
Family, Pub, Traditional
Old Potts Way, Shrewsbury, SY3 7ET [Map]
With quality food, friendly staff, quick service and excellent value for money, Nando's is a great place to eat. Don't expect identikit, pre-fab restaurant interiors which are usually a staple of the larger chains; each restaurant is tailored to its local surroundings and customers, offering up a unique restaurant experience to go with the equally unique taste of legendary, Portuguese, Peri-Peri chicken.
Your peri-peri chicken, when the chips are down so to speak, is a fresh A grade chicken that has never seen the inside of a freezer, but having made the supreme sacrifice is butterfly-cut, marinated for 24 hours in a secret brew called - you've guessed - peri-peri, and is then cooked to your choice over an open flame.
There are, of course, many variations on this broad theme, numerous plays on words such as Nando's experi-perience, peri-peri good reasons why you should eat at a Nando's' and all one hopes is that for their sake chicken never goes out of fashion. New Nando's are opening all the time, peri-peri quickly in fact, the spicy bastes become hotter and more daring, and the full platter offers a whole chicken, large chips or spicy rice and Nando's salad or coleslaw.
Since chickens are vegetarian it seems logical you can order veggie or bean burgers and patties, and still feel the heat from the peppers. All in all, Nando's is hotly recommended for those occasions when you have a large following of permanently hungry children, or adults even, to keep happy - the only thing taken really seriously is the quality of those peri-peri good chickens.
Nando's is a place for bright people who love to laugh and love to eat, and is guaranteed to spice up your taste buds. Their fun approach to life means that when you visit Nando's you can fully relax without the airs and graces associated with more starchy dining out.
For the location of your nearest Nando's restaurant and a host of details about menus, parties and drinks, a click on their Website will reveal a Pandora's box of information.
Atcham, Shrewsbury, SY5 6QG [Map]
Located on the old A5, now mercifully relieved of its traffic load by the M54, opposite the gates to the National Trust's Attingham Park, the Mytton as it is colloquially called sits beside the twin bridges over the River Severn with gardens sloping down to the river.
It is a thoroughly jolly place with a large and handsome area in front of the bar in which a variety of mis-matched, but attractive, chairs and tables provide no-nonsense eating space with plenty of room for large family parties. Beyond is a more formal area for those that like it.
The menu, whilst relatively short is well augmented by a list of daily specials. Dishes are generous, straightforward and served by cheerful, briskly efficient waiters. A good wine list is supported by a selection on the board from which most normal human beings could make a satisfying choice.
10 St. Mary's Place, Shrewsbury, SY1 1DZ [Map]
Counted among Shrewsbury's finest dining destinations, Huxley's at Drapers Hall is located in one of the oldest buildings of the historic market town. Even after more than four centuries, the unique and historical hall still presents much the same appearance.
Guests are given an opportunity to dine in an interior furnished with seventeenth century furniture amidst exposed beams, a 1658 fireplace, traditional linen, silverware and paintings and sculptures. You could stop by for a meal created by Chef Nigel Huxley or simply enjoy a cocktail, chat with friends, or play a game of backgammon.
The menu offers a blend of traditional and contemporary creations that include gourmet dishes as well as lighter and simpler food. First courses of seared scallops are served with chilli sauce and crème fraîche with cucumber ribbons while mains of freshly roasted crispy duck comes to the table straight from the oven with orange, Cointreau and capsicum sauce and a risotto of fish and shellfish appears with parmesan shavings and lemon.
The wine list is made up of easy drinking wines as well as French, Italian and New World vintages.
Brasserie, Modern British
Market Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LG [Map]
If you like wholesome, fresh and reliable seafood caught and reared under carefully controlled conditions, well presented in unfussy surroundings, and you enjoy being well looked after by pleasant staff, Loch Fyne is for you.
There is an increasing awareness of other food staples with an extended choice of meat dishes, but it is the original fare upon which their success was created that prevails. Loch Fyne kippers, a fine bouillabaisse, braden rost, kiln-roasted salmon fillet, and the toothsome oysters on ice, with a selection of accompaniments, all are to be found throughout the various restaurants, as well as Glen Fyne 21 day aged rib-eye steak and Scottish smoked venison. There is invariably a well-travelled wine list available which is sensible, both in content and prices.
Loch Fyne's greatest achievement has been to prove to a sceptical populace that chains or conglomerates can be made to work in the eating-out public's best interests.
55 Mardol, Shrewsbury, SY1 1PP [Map]
Pizza Express remains a hugely popular bedrock of casual eating. Its popularity is testimony to the fact that across the country, they have restaurants where you will always be guaranteed a good nosh, with children's tastes being well catered for.
Pizza Express has gone even more Roman, and following the success of that particular example of listening to their public have introduced Romana pizzas, including the scorching Etna and the hearty Siciliana.
These pizzas are now thinner, bigger and crispier, and if that sounds like a marketing line, it is. However, unlike many such lines, this one is true, and their quality is always consistent, though cleverly they have still managed to retain a homemade feel to their pizzas.
As an alternative to pizza, try their pollo pesto - cavatappi pasta with torn chicken breast, mushrooms, red onions and mozzarella in a creamy gruyere, parmesan and pesto sauce and finished with grana padano - or the niçoise salad with mixed leaves, yellowfin tuna, free range egg, green beans, potatoes and tomatoes with olives, anchovies, capers and house dressing.
Many of the big chains have come a long way, and Pizza Express is certainly amongst them. One of the first to be quoted on the Stock Exchange - in 1993 - Pizza Express is not a franchise operation and retains tight control through its own staff.
Their wine list - though short - contains some surprisingly good offerings, especially their intense Australian Chardonnay, and a big, full-bodied Merlot from Cusumano, Sicilia.
Pizza & Pasta
Ellesmere Road, Shrewsbury, SY4 3AF [Map]
Located just outside Shrewsbury, the splendid Albright Hussey Manor Hotel provides a happy alternative to the often crowded streets and car parks of the town itself. Surrounded by carefully tended gardens spread over four acres, the whole atmosphere of the family-owned refuge is comfortable, relaxed and unfussy without being uncaring.
Twenty-six ensuite bedrooms that have helped the manor earn an AA four star rating offer magnificent views over the Shropshire countryside. While some are situated in the main house others can be found in the more modern wing.
The Subbiani family also run an excellent AA rosette dining room called the Moat Room Restaurant, taking full advantage of what the seasons bring. Dine on dishes such as Cornish fresh crab meat salad with potato bread and crab bisque, and grilled escalope of loin and confit of English Rose veal with wild mushrooms and gratin dauphinoise potatoes amidst oak panels, huge open fireplaces and moulded Tudor beams.
The cocktail bar is a lovely place for a well-deserved end of day drink.
Burlton, Shrewsbury, SY4 5TB [Map]
There's something delightfully radiant about the Burlton Inn just outside Shrewsbury on the Ellesmere road; it's quaint and rustic but not entirely conventional and it is this departure from tradition that makes it such a wonderful experience. Don't be mistaken, the oak beams, exposed brick walls and fireplace all create a lovely, homey atmosphere and the restaurant offers a good selection of French and modern British fare. So it's really the ideal spot to visit for a delicious meal with friends and family, either for a simple meal or even a quiet celebration.
Crisp Asian style pork belly comes with spiced king prawns, laced with apricot and ginger puree and cucumber salad with rock sugar dressing for a starter. A main course of pot roast cornfed chicken with roast shallots and baby vegetables along with sautéed new potatoes, Madeira and brown butter sauce is remarkable and for dessert, there's a silken dark chocolate mousse with kahulah syrup, hazelnuts and orange salad. Beers and real ales prevail although there's a good selection of fine wines and champagnes as well at this Michelin listed inn.
French, Gastropub, Modern British
39-40 High Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1SF [Map]
Offering contemporary Italian cuisine and a buzzing ambience, Zizzi adds a touch of excitement to your dining experience. The trendy interior draws inspiration from its surrounding area and each outlet has its characteristic charm with fine innovative features and little details that make it different from the rest.
The Zizzi menu revisits traditional Italian cuisine, while classic dishes are also featured prominently. An eclectic range of thin and crispy rustica pizzas are served loaded with fresh toppings and are a light option at less than 550 calories. Cichetti tasting plates, pasta, salads, risotto and classic pizzas are also served. To complement the diverse Zizzi dishes, the Zizzi wine list has been constructed by fine Italian wine expert, Guillaume Aubert.
The bambini menu at Zizzi restaurant is specially designed for little diners with mini pasta, dough sticks, margherita and other healthy options. For desserts, try the flavourful gelato created by the renowned ice cream maker, Kitty Travers.
Step into any one of the 87 Zizzi restaurants, and unwind with fine Italian cuisine in a vibrant setting.
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