The Shropshire Inn
“Modern Shropshire cooking in Staffordshire” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Screens on the bar to protect staff members Restaurant diners taken straight to table not going to bar Table in service in the garden Separate entrances for bar and restaurant Separate toilets for bar and restaurant No walking through from bar to restaurant areas Tables all left unset in restaurant
Our Inspector's view
The family-run Shropshire hasn't decamped to Staffordshire, but has stood firm while county boundaries have flowed around it. Its physiognomy is a little different these days, with full-length windows looking on to the garden, and gathered curtains in the dining area creating an upscale ambience.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 100
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 27
- Wines over £30: 2
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Traditional British
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About the area
It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.
In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.
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