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Hotel Highlights

  • Literary types will love the library’s booked-lined ‘ghost stairs’…
  • Shrewsbury’s vintage shops and quirky boutiques
  • Michelin-starred food in Shropshire’s fine-dining establishments.

Overview

Located in the historic market town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire, the two old townhouses that make up Lion & Pheasant hotel house a sweet little inn. The stylishly refreshed interiors blend the traditional and old with the modern and new in striking, yet seamless ways. The simple, serene bedrooms are comfy and bright, while the public areas charm with candle-lit drinking nooks, a cosy dining room with a fireplace, and a truly talented chef in the kitchen.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Lion & Pheasant with us:

A half-bottle of white wine from Tanners, an independent wine merchants opposite the hotel

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Lion & Pheasant

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Facilities

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Lion + Pheasant Hotel – Shrewsbury – United Kingdom

Need To Know

Rooms

20, including one suite.

Check–out

11am, but late check-outs can be arranged subject to availability (and a charge). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $140.17 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast (full English or Continental). A 50 per cent deposit is required for bookings of three or more rooms.

Also

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

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.

Children

Welcome. Cribs 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 crib or bed to be added).

Eco‐friendly

The hotel restaurant serves locally sourced food and ingredients plucked from the owner’s garden.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

A seasonal menu is served in the rustic-style split-level main restaurant. Shropshire-born head chef Matt Strefford uses local produce – with some ingredients fresh from owner Dorothy’s garden – to create Modern British classics infused with Mediterranean flavours. Expect mains of slow-cooked haunches with Provençal sides, or roasted game with traditional trimmings. Sometimes used as extra restaurant space, the Georgian Crystal Room with its chandeliers, elegant mirrors and Philippe Starck Ghost chairs can be booked – and a four-course table d'hôte menu served – for private functions. If you're thinking ahead for festive merrymaking it's advised to pre-book a table in the restaurant throughout December – the hotel is a popular Christmas party destination and tables can't be guaranteed.

Hotel Bar

The huge open fire and cosy yet contemporary decor tempt guests to hunker down for the night and sample the local brew or the bar’s aptly named signature cocktail, Town of Flowers: a blend of G&J Greenall’s Bloom Gin, pomegranate liqueur and fresh lime. For private functions book the Star bar, adjacent to the elegant Crystal suite.

Last orders

If residents wanted to sit at the bar all day and all night, they could. Breakfast in the main restaurant between 7.15am and 9.30am on weekdays, and at weekends from 8am to 10am. Lunch is served from 12pm to 2.30pm and dinner between 6pm and 10pm.

Room service

In-room treats can be ordered 24 hours a day: pick from two main meals and a selection of salads, sandwiches and hot snacks.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Stay cosy and casual in cashmere and corduroy.

Top table

Sit on the upper level of the split-level main restaurant for a bird’s-eye view of your fellow diners below. For a romantic nibble, grab a spot by the fire in the inglenook bar, or sit at the front overlooking the high street and spy on locals.

Local Guide

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Lion + Pheasant Hotel – Shrewsbury – United Kingdom
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Quarry is a beautiful 29-acre park with ‘the Dingle’ at its centre (a floral masterpiece created by world-renowned gardener, Percy Thrower). Gastronomic gluttons can take a trip to nearby Ludlow and explore the food markets and fantastic restaurants that abound locally. Meander over the English Bridge and walk off your dinner along the River Severn. Continue the bridge theme with a trip to Ironbridge, the world’s first ever cast-iron bridge and the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. If too much good food has made you sluggish, simply select an antique book from the library’s ghost stairs and curl up in front of the fire for a good read.

Local restaurants

Walk to The Hayward, the restaurant at the Lion Hotel (+44 (0)1743 353107; www.thelionhotelshrewsbury.com), which serves dishes such as duck confit and fennel risotto with dill and parmesan. Local produce is the order of the day at The Bell at Skenfrith (+44 (0)1600 750235; www.skenfrith.co.uk), where braised belly pork is served with crackling, savoy cabbage and confit apples. Number Four (+44 (0)1743 366691; www.number-four.com) has an anglophile-pleasing British menu with classic dishes such as fish pie.

Local bars

The ruby-red Libertine Cocktail Bar & Tea Room at 16-17 Butchers Row has an eclectic interior and imaginative cocktails that will appeal to the true English eccentric. Alternatively, pull up a bar stool at Mad Jacks (+44 (0)1743 358870; www.madjacks.uk.com) on St Mary’s Street and work your way through their extensive cocktail list. The bar is named after a riotous 18th-century squire who hailed from the area.

Local cafés

 Stop for steaming pots of tea and just-baked cake at Bebbington’s Tea Rooms (+44 (0)1743 271166) on Wyle Cop.

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Shrewsbury’s historic heart

Lion & Pheasant

50 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1XJ, United Kingdom

The hotel is in Shrewsbury centre, a five-minute walk from the English Bridge.

Planes

Birmingham International airport is 55 miles away from the hotel; there are usually plenty of taxis outside.

Trains

Shrewsbury station is less than a mile from the Lion & Pheasant. Hotel staff will book a taxi – just ask in advance.

Automobiles

Coming by car means that you can explore the surrounding villages and towns at your leisure. Telford is a 20-minute drive; Birmingham is around 50 minutes. The hotel has limited parking, but if all 10–15 spaces have been taken, guests can use the NCP car park opposite (£6 for 24 hours). The A5 and A49 are both within a five-minute radius of the town centre.

Reviews

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Lion + Pheasant Hotel – Shrewsbury – United Kingdom

Anonymous review

by Thom Hetherington , Man about Manchester

Shrewsbury? Let’s just say friends and family didn’t think it was the obvious weekend away destination from Glossop, Derbyshire. Luckily a bit of research painted a picture of a historical town set among rolling countryside with a castle, cathedral, abbey and museums, and even ornamental gardens designed by local boy Percy Thrower. A handsome run of newly painted buildings stands ou…
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Lion & Pheasant

Anonymous review by Thom Hetherington, Man about Manchester

Shrewsbury? Let’s just say friends and family didn’t think it was the obvious weekend away destination from Glossop, Derbyshire. Luckily a bit of research painted a picture of a historical town set among rolling countryside with a castle, cathedral, abbey and museums, and even ornamental gardens designed by local boy Percy Thrower.

A handsome run of newly painted buildings stands out on Wyle Cop, the higgledy-piggledly street curving down towards the English bridge across the Severn. After negotiating a wing-mirror-challenging cut-through to the carpark we crunched across the gravel and through the bamboo-shielded terrace to the softly lit reception.

Birthplace of Charles Darwin, the Lion & Pheasant has all the evolved traits you’d expect from a boutique hotel: neutral tones, clean lines softened by well-chosen rugs and natural materials; shabby-chic period details and interesting objets d’art; deliciously plumped bed linen and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Light flooded through the sash windows of our rear-facing room, and downstairs the cosy bar is a perfect bolthole with snug seating and a roaring inglenook fireplace.

On exploration, this stylish stay proved itself much more than a boutique-by-numbers job. Created from a hotchpotch of eight buildings varying in age from the 1600s to the Georgian period it has been refurbished and unified in an artful fashion, preserving the original stonework and beams. Sure, with those period floors and windows you get an audible reminder of olden days, but you want your historic hideaways to feel a little authentic don’t you?

Bags unpacked, we pounced on the glass jar of complimentary cookies – although discovering them already half eaten we launched ourselves on Shrewsbury’s food-and-drink scene. Our whistle-stop tour through its one-way system raised hopes that there was more to this historic town than knick-knacks and tea shops. Franks, just over the Welsh Bridge, proved our suspicions correct with an inventive and well-executed cocktail list, including a de rigueur tiki section, which would shame many larger cities. Although we dodged the more leftfield ingredients (‘hmm… peanut butter,’ Mrs Smith scowled) they aced the benchmark test of a perfectly put-together Old Fashioned, balancing sweet, citrus, Angostura bitters and aged Bourbon. In the interests of science, I checked they could do this three times in a row.

Deliciously fresh, authentic curries from an intriguing menu – it’s not often that you spy freshwater fish Bengal pangush listed – confirmed that Café Saffron was an ideal late-night dinner rendezvous. Along with spanking breads straight from the tandoor and exemplary service came complimentary post-prandial Baileys (which sure trounced the vodka jellies I was recently served in a Glasgow curry house).

Breakfast the next day soon wiped out any cocktail regrets. Both the scrambled and poached eggs, the litmus test of any hotel breakfast as they regard judgment, timing and technique, were perfect. By this point the penny had dropped. Shrewsbury, with its deliciously teetering Tudor buildings and proximity to Ironbridge, Ludlow and the Welsh hills, has rampant pleasures of the flesh hidden beneath its fusty bushels.

Oh, and if you’re enjoying the food ride, let’s hightail it to lunch. Did I warn you we were a particularly greedy pair? No 4 Butchers Row, a hearty English bistro tucked in the shadow of St Alkmund’s Church, continued our run of luck. We suspected we were in our kind of place by the Banksy-style stencil of a young Marco Pierre White on the wall. And maybe I should mention ham-hock fritters and local damson baked Alaska at the New Inn in Baschurch?

But enough of this philandering – and let’s get to the Lion & Pheasant’s atmospheric dining space. Perched above the bar, it’s split across two levels; encased in white walls, a cat’s cradle of wooden beams crisscross overhead. Here a perfectly aged, cooked and rested steak and a nicely chosen and well-kept cheeseboard couldn’t have had us happier. Steak knives and a little more cheese nous might have been nice but with such warm and efficient service who needs to niggle?

An evening in the bar showcases the real character of the Lion & Pheasant. Outside major cities, high-end hotels can feel ‘dropped in’, distinct and apart from their surroundings. Here the bar is a beloved haunt for the locals who mix happily with the guests and diners. Our evening buzzed away with a zip and zest we wouldn’t have expected on a wet Thursday night.

Local boutiques and antique stores have been plundered for the furniture and art and much of the menu is sourced locally, with just across-the-road wine merchants Tanners (themselves worth a visit) contributing to the wine-list.

Between the sleek back bar and the equally slick bartenders there were no less than four hand-pulled real ales, all produced within the local area. Shropshire is a hotbed of brewing, so how right and how fitting that some of its finest ales should take pride of place, and how sad that cask ales are such a rarity in most boutique hotels. In France such a notion of local produce and terroir would be hard-wired through every hospitality business in the area, and indeed it would be this sense of place and locale that would drag appreciative punters in to coo and cluck.

‘Silly us for not knowing what Shrewsbury is all about,’ shrugged Mrs Smith. She’s right. The Lion & Pheasant knows exactly what it is, and to stay somewhere with such confidence and pleasure in its surroundings was both comforting and infectious in its enthusiasm.

 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Lion & Pheasant from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The friendly staff, accommodation, style and location were all great.

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The extremely large rooms are quirky and homely. This is one of the prettiest hotels I have ever stayed in.

Don’t expect

The restaurant menu could do with some tweaking.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I thought the room was snug, as the name suggested. The bed was amazingly comfortable and décor was lovely. Breakfast was fantastic.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The food was very good, and the room was comfortable.

Don’t expect

I would've thought parking spaces could perhaps be marked out?

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the excellent restaurant with very good food.

Don’t expect

The reception could be better.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the lovely ambience and great decor. The food was amazing – a real treat.

Don’t expect

It'd be better if there were robes in rooms; they give you slippers!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's a very relaxed hotel with amazing staff and lovely touches in the rooms. We got a free upgrade! And they serve lush food!

Don’t expect

We couldn't open our window and some fresh air is always nice.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a characterful, nicely designed hotel in a great central Shrewsbury location. I liked the friendly staff, excellent breakfast and good value (we had a Superior Room on a really good mid-week deal). Our room (10) was lovely with a four-poster and tasteful cream and grey decor. There's only a shower in the bathroom, but we were very happy.

Don’t expect

There was some street noise from our room (at the front of the building) and the toiletries weren't replaced throughout our stay, although we only stayed two nights.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a great little hotel in a lovely town. The wife and I stayed for one night (Saturday) on the spur of the moment just to get away. All the boxes were ticked, from the service to the unique, quirky hotel layout. Our room was a 'Cosy' and was rather bigger than we expected given the description. Inside it was as you would expect from a Smith hotel and the ensuite was a good size. The only potential negative was the noise from the road outside the hotel but this didn't trouble us at all. A real positive in the hotel was the restaurant and bar, both of which excelled and at a sensible price too! I would wholeheartedly recommend.

Don’t expect

It is just worth noting that much of the town is closed on a Sunday.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a really lovely hotel in the centre of Shrewsbury, with a nicely done interior, a lively bar and a very enjoyable meal in the restaurant (good breakfast too). We stayed in room 10, which was a good size and quiet.

Don’t expect

A couple of coat hooks in the room would have been good.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We stayed the night en route to the Weston Park horse trials. The bar is lively and the cosmopolitan cocktails fabulous! We enjoyed a lovely breakfast. I would've loved to  stay another two nights instead of in the confines of the horse box!

Don’t expect

I just wish there had been a bath.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Just had two nights at the Lion and Pheasant and it was really great. The staff were lovely and the room was decorated in a modern, light way. It was very calming. The only down-side was that our room was right at the front of the hotel which is on quite a busy road. If I were booking again, I would ask for a room at the back. Having said that, on the second night I found the earplugs which the hotel supplied in a small wooden box on the bedside drawers. I used them and they did work so maybe that wasn't such a problem. Although we only stayed at the Lion and Pheasant for two nights, our break lasted for seven nights and the Lion Pheasant is the only hotel that I would recommendd out of the three that we used. Shrewsbury is lovely with great shopping. I am sure that I will return to have a better look aroaund – it's a really great place!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the lovely decor, very comfortable bed and great shower. Dining was first class and the restaurant manager was very friendly and helpful.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were so pleasant and helpful and we were offered a free upgrade on arrival. We stayed in room 14. Great towels in the rooms. Nice touches in the room – a bottle of wine and homemade Shrewsbury bisuits. Lovely little bar and restaurant, with a new menu each day and a great cocktail menu. Overall, a great experience. We would happily recommend and return.

Don’t expect

We heard other guests going past our room, so they are not very sound proof. It wasn't a problem though. The room was very warm during the night – we could have done with a fan.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Perfect for a romantic getaway, this beautifully decorated hotel feels like a real treat. Cool, muted colour palettes combined with culinary delights make this a great weekend destination with Shrewsbury right on your doorstep. Highly recommend to couples wanting to get away from it all for a weekend.

Don’t expect

We ran out of hot water on our first night!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Amazing food, gorgeous decor. Perfect for a lazy getaway between Christmas and New Year.

Don’t expect

Rooms at the front can be noisy. Ear plugs are provided and there is an internal window pane, which does reduce the noise somewhat (once it's pulled up!).

Rating: 8/10 stars