Need To Know
20, including one suite.
11am, but late check-outs can be arranged subject to availability (and a charge). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $138.79 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include breakfast (full English or Continental). A 50 per cent deposit is required for bookings of three or more rooms.
Shrewsbury has more than its fair share of Michelin Guide-listed restaurants, so come here hungry.
At the hotel
Garden terrace, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with Freeview, home-made biscuits, a selection of teas and coffees, Cole & Lewis bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Crisp, neutral decor with a touch of colour is the Lion & Pheasant’s signature style, with oak or wrought-iron beds in every room; gain bonus points with the other half and request a river view, fireplace or four-poster bed. Stairs leading to a large day bed make Room 14 a favourite: its spacious proportions mean it’s perfect for sharing with little Smiths, as does the separate entrance room in pseudo-suite, Room 15. Loft rooms are full of character, with dormer windows and beamed ceilings. The largest, Room 23, is accessed by a spiral staircase but beware: timber beams make rooms in the eaves unsuitable for beanpoles. Rooms facing the back of the hotel are the quietest.
Protect your modesty with your own robe; they’re not provided in rooms. A sturdy basket will help you stock up on local cheeses in Ludlow’s famous food markets. Sensible shoes will see you through an encounter with Shrewsbury’s numerous vintage shops or the paths along the River Severn, but add a pair of heels/brogues for an evening of fine dining.
No pets. Smoking is permitted on the garden terrace. The restaurant at the Lion & Pheasant is extremely popular, so be sure to make dinner reservation when you book or you might not get a table.
Welcome. Cots for babies are free and extra beds can be added to larger rooms for £15 a night. Rooms 4, 14 and 15 are the most suitable if you are travelling with kids (there’s space for an extra cot or bed to be added).
The hotel restaurant serves locally sourced food and ingredients plucked from the owner’s garden.