Located between Much Wenlock and Craven Arms, this impressive pastel-coloured and half-timbered…
The Sun Inn
“Family-run pub with an innovative microbrewery”
CRAVEN ARMS, SHROPSHIRE
First licensed in 1613, this historic pub is close to the towns of Ludlow and Bridgnorth, and handy for the ramblers’ paradise of Clee Hill and Long Mynd. It’s been run by the Pearce family since 1984, and from 1997 landlord Norman Pearce has been brewing the Corvedale ales in what was the pub’s old chicken and lumber shed, using local borehole water; Herefordshire’s Gwatkin cider is another thirst-quenching option. Teresa Pearce uses local produce in a delicious array of traditional dishes – lamb curry, steak, fish pie, beef in ale in a giant Yorkshire pudding. There are also vegetarian and some vegan options.
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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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