138 restaurants in Shropshire
Restaurants in Shropshire:
Mercure Albrighton Hall & Spa, Ellesmere Road, Shrewsbury, SY4 3AG [Map]
45 High Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4DX [Map]
In the beginning were tasty snacks, and then the Spanish thought up tapas, though nobody seems quite sure about when or why, except that tapa is Spanish for lid, so a hunk of bread placed over a glass to keep out the livestock . . . . . . well, I'm sure you get the rest. I'm equally sure this is not uppermost in your mind as you walk through the welcoming doors of this relatively recently opened family run and friendly tapas bar, Casa Ruiz, in the heart of rural Bridgnorth, where Spain does seem quite a long away off until you look at Casa Ruiz's menu.
The structure of a tapas meal is so simple that even the meerkats would approve - order 2 or 3 dishes to start, see how you like them, then however much you do, scan the menu for a further selection. And so on. And on. The biggest mistake you could make is to miss the fantastic opportunity to savour so many wonderful Iberian flavours, as well as having a thoroughly good meal in the process. The other is to expect too much in the way of sweet finishes. They are included, sure, but tapas tend to concentrate on the savoury side of life.
The tapas form of eating is convivial and flavour haunted, ideal for parties, and Casa Ruiz has a very attractively priced all food-inclusive party menu, during which it is not unknown for Alfonso to get a touch carried away, sending out an enthusiastically generous array of dishes that really gets the party swinging. We commend this excellent addition to the eating houses of Bridgnorth, a worthy champion of Spanish tapas.
Weston Park Enterprises Ltd, Shifnal, TF11 8LE [Map]
The Crown Country Inn, Munslow, nr Craven Arms, SY7 9ET [Map]
The drive to The Crown is a truly spectacular one, as you motor along the length of a ridge that runs above the Corvedale, with magnificent views across the unspoilt valley to the hills on the far side.
Chef/owner of The Crown, Richard Arnold, can boast a fine pedigree, hailing originally from Nuneaton, he has for many years worked around the Shropshire area, ending up as Head Chef of The Old Vicarage in Worfield, winning many awards and plaudits there, and becoming a Master Chef of Great Britain at the same time.
Now he and his understanding wife, Jane, have branched out on their own, buying the freehold of The Crown, they are bringing fine food and wine to the inhabitants of the Corvedale, an area not exactly renowned for it before.
A distinguishing feature of Richard's cooking is the intensity of the flavours, well exemplified by two starters: yellow split pea and ham soup finished with herb oil and griddled Devon bay mackerel on a bed of horseradish potatoes with roquette pesto, roquette leaves and a chive vinaigrette; with mains that can run to fillet of Devon bay sea bass on a tomato risotto surrounded with a basil and white wine butter sauce or griddled Shetland salmon with basil polenta cake on a red pepper coulis garnished with black olive tapenade and basil pesto.
A short but well-chosen wine list complements the food.
The Inn at Grinshill, The High Street, Grinshill, nr Shrewsbury, SY4 3BL [Map]
The small village of Grinshill near Shrewsbury is home to The Inn at Grinshill and owners Victoria and Kevin Brazier extend a warm welcome to each person who visits the attractively refurbished early Georgian inn for a meal, a relaxing drink or to spend the night.
Chef Paul Bebe believes in 'delivering the highest standard of food from locally sourced produce at the best value', so get set to enjoy modern European dishes that range from starters of Thai spiced crab cake or a warm salad of wood partridge, bacon lardons, apple and damson syrup followed by roasted Goosnargh duck breast with fondant potato, Savoy cabbage and bacon, thyme and port jus or pan-fried sea bass fillet served with king prawns, saffron linguine and tomato sauce.
The Elephant and Castle Bar, which reflects the pub's former name, offers thirsty walkers or friends a chance to sit by the open fire and relax over real ales or a pint and some wholesome food.
The Inn at Grinshill offers modern and elegantly designed ensuite bedrooms to guests who wish to spend a night or two in the village.
Wytheford Road, Shawbury, nr Shrewsbury, SY4 4JG [Map]
The small village of Shawbury, not far from the town of Shrewsbury, is home to The Fox and Hounds, a welcoming refuge that serves the people of the village as their local pub and delights visitors with the relaxed and cosy atmosphere a traditional English pub affords.
Even though The Fox and Hounds has been on the site since 1966, it closed doors in 2002 but was brought back to life by new owners Nigel and Jeff as a straightforward yet stylish pub in April 2009. The bright and spacious interior, wooden furniture and open fires all make it an impressive place to visit.
Talking about the food, daily changing menus offer a choice of dishes that are created from local and free-range produce wherever possible, so expect to find starters such as grilled fillet of sea bass with garlic mayonnaise and a fennel and orange salad; braised shoulder of lamb with parsnip and potato dauphinoise, steamed vegetables and pan jus, and a delicious dessert of homemade bread and butter pudding.
A range of cask ales, beers and wines are served at all times.
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