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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Travel: SHREWSBURY - Where To Visit, Stay, Eat and Drink


Recently I worked on a post with Original Shrewsbury. They organised for me to go on a weekend press trip to Shrewsbury and discover what it has to offer. 

Shrewsbury is a quirky town packed full of genuine one-offs, independent shops and cool cocktail bars – great for a short break in an eccentric and buzzing medieval town nestled in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. The town center itself is packed with timber-framed black and white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways. 

Shrewsbury is home to many crisscrossing medieval streets, the river Severn forms a loop around the town center offering gentle riverside walks,  a myriad of boutique shops to explore and even a cinema in an ancient elevated market hall. 

Where To Stay - Darwin's Townhouse

We made our trip towards the end of November, on the run up to Christmas so knew we were in for a treat because Shrewsbury town would have just put their Christmas lights up. 

For the duration of our stay, we were eloping to Darwin's Townhouse, one of Shrewsbury's newest boutique hotels in the heart of the town center. With 20 perfectly sized rooms, we were excited for our bed and breakfast experience within this charming Grade 2 listed, Georgia townhouse.

Did you know Charles Darwin was born in the town?

Our room was located in the main house, a beautifully appointed deluxe room with a king size bed overlooking the immaculate gardens. All rooms feature creature comforts and bold tributes to Charles Darwin himself, ours, in particular, featured a rustic wooden map and framed parrots above our bed.

Upon arrival we were in awe, this beautiful three-storey townhouse felt like a home from home. With a huge circling staircase and a homely living room full of plush sofas and a huge Christmas tree stocked with presents, I was wondering when I could move in!?

With a fireplace beautifully decorated with festive holly sprigs, warming lights and bold red stockings we immediately felt like it was Christmas time. We checked in our bags, oohed and ahhed at the room then quickly wrapped up in our warmest attire for a quick evening walk around the town to see the Christmas lights.

One of the main reasons we loved our trip to Shrewsbury so much was because it was the first moment we both actually acknowledged that if felt like it was soon to Christmas time and immediately felt excited for the Christmas period ahead!

I urge anyone visiting Shrewsbury to pick Darwin's Townhouse as your bed and breakfast of choice. Deluxe rooms ranging from £75-£110 per night.

More to come on our stay in this charming and quaint Georgian townhouse, but for now feast your eyes on their website:

Darwin’s Townhouse: 37 St Julian's Friars, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1XL. Tel: 01743 343829


Where To Eat - House of The Rising Sun

If your dining in Shrewsbury, it's cobbled streets are packed with quirky places to eat from cool cafes to one-off delis.

On an evening there's a host of bars and restaurants to choose from, for us, Original Shrewsbury organised us to dine at House of The Rising Sun, an enticing fusion restaurant doused in a mix of oceanic blue hues and timeless timber tones which provided a sumptuous and luxurious atmosphere to enjoy a fusion of global dining.

The menu itself offers a tapas-style menu; modern Australian cuisine combines Pacific Rim flavours, mixed with Indonesian and South East Asian influences. As you can imagine there is lots of choice on offer with "around the world dining" delivered straight to your plate.

A separate post is to come all about our tapas experience at House of the Rising Sun, complete with lots and lots of pictures to make you very jealous (and very hungry), but for now, why not drool over the tempting menu -

The tempura pork belly with smoked apple ketchup (£7.00) with a perfectly light and crispy batter was a favourite dish of mine!

House of the Rising Sun, 18 Butcher Row, SY1 1UW. Tel: 01743 588040


Where To Eat Sunday Lunch - The Loopy Shrew

On Sunday we were booked in for a late lunch at The Loopy Shrew - a wine bar, coffee bar, restaurant, and boutique hotel. 

The Loopy Shrew is a family-run business located in the heart of the town. It is actually the sister restaurant to Darwin's Townhouse. 

Bearing in mind we had a big breakfast at Darwin's House on Sunday morning so I knew I would still be struggling for room around 3 pm, however, was determined to sample some of the nibbles on offer at the loopy shrew. 

Alex was able to stomach a HUGE roast dinner (which looked absolutely delicious), whereas, I decided to stay small with Loopy's famous scotch egg served with piccalilli and herb salad (£6) and a side of sweet potato fries with aioli (£3.50).  The scotch egg was just what I needed with a perfectly oozy egg and piccalilli with a punch. 

Whether you want to slouch in a comfy armchair with a glass of wine or enjoy a three-course meal in the dining area, The Loopy Shrew caters for all occasions.

More pictures and a full review of our lunch at the Loopy shrew here.

Or see the website here: - they offer boutique rooms also!

The Loopy Shrew, 17 Bellstone, SY1 1HU


Where To Visit - Shrewsbury 

The Quarry Park

Down towards the River Severn, you'll find Shrewsbury's Quarry Park which is packed full of petals and open parkland – there are 23 acres in total. The main attraction of the Quarry Park is the Dingle: a sunken garden designed by Percy Thrower. 

The best part is the relaxing riverside walk, which loops the tower center. On Sunday morning we went for a relaxing riverside stroll after we checked out of Darwin's Townhouse. The riverside was littered with dog-walkers - we always love meeting a local pooch and stopping for a friendly stroke. Once we had walked enough of the riverside we then made our way towards the town center. 



Shrewsbury’s secret ‘shuts and passages’ (the crooked medieval alleyways), cobbled streets and squares make shopping pretty unpredictable. Shopping here is really rather special because the independents outnumber the chains, so you can find everything from handmade goods to vintage pieces. If you head on up towards Wyle Cop you'll encounter a variety of retro shops alongside cutting edge couture – an uninterrupted row of more than 50 independent retailers!


(*)  This post was in collaboration with Original Shrewsbury who organised a press trip for me to explore the town. All food, drink, and accommodation was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own (*)


  1. SHrewsbury is a wonderful place to go. It's about 40 minutes from here, so I visit fairly regularly :)

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