The Mytton and Mermaid
“Tastefully appointed throughout from bar to bedrooms” - AA Inspector
Clough Williams-Ellis, creator of the Italianate Welsh village of Portmeirion, once owned this impressive Georgian former coaching inn. It stands on the banks of the River Severn, which you can watch sliding by from waterside benches in the garden, perhaps with a pint of Shropshire Gold or one of the dozen wines sold by the glass in the wood-floored bar. Diners have plenty to choose from, including meats, fish or meze sharing boards; pot pie of the day; Vietnamese bahn mi salad; duck with salt-baked celeriac, kale, beetroot, pear and poppy jus; and chargrills. Guest rooms are in the inn itself, in the courtyard and in the separate Bramble Cottage.
- Children welcome
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About the area
Perhaps nowhere else in England will you find a county so deeply rural and with so much variety as Shropshire. Choose a clear day, climb to the top of The Wrekin, and look down on that ‘land of lost content’ so wistfully evoked by A E Housman. Peer through your binoculars and trace the course of Britain’s longest river as the Severn sweeps through the county, from the Breidden Hills to Wyre Forest, slicing Shropshire in two. To the north is a patchwork of dairy fields, hedgerows, copses and crops, broken at intervals by rugged sandstone ridges such as Grinshill or Nesscliffe, and dissected by a complex network of canals.
Spilling over the border into neighbouring Cheshire and North Wales is the unique meres and mosses country, with serenely smooth lakes glinting silver, interspersed with russet-tinged expanses of alder-fringed peat bog, where only the cry of the curlew disturbs the silence. South of the Severn lies the Shropshire Hills AONB. It’s only when you walk Wenlock Edge that you fully discover what a magical place it is – glorious woods and unexpectedly steep slopes plunge to innumerable secret valleys, meadows, streams and farmhouses, all tucked away, invisible from the outside world.
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