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castle-hotel-bcBISHOP’S CASTLE

THE CASTLE HOTEL
The Square, Bishop’s Castle,
Shropshire, SY9 5BN

(01588) 638403
www.thecastlehotelbishopscastle.co.uk

Henry & Rebecca Hunter
An eighteenth century Coaching Inn on elevated ground on the site of the original castle, with panoramic views and fabulous gardens. The Castle has a busy kitchen producing modern pub food that is healthy, hearty, flavoursome and fresh. And great value. And you’ve a wide choice of eating venues.
Three bars, each with their own individual character, some with terraces out into the garden, some with real fires, and all with real ale. Try the oak panelled restaurant, believed to feature in the Mary Webb novel “The House in Dormer Forest”. And when the weather is warm, take a drink, (or even dinner itself), to the beautiful south facing gardens with fantastic terrace and raised fish ponds. And watch the sun go down over the Welsh hills beyond.
Open for food: Mon to Fri 11.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. – 8.45 p.m.
Sat/Sun open all day. Breakfasts from 8.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.
Booking advisable for Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday lunch.
Average main dish price: evening £10.95, lunchtime £8.00
Type of menu: modern pub food cooked on the premises using local ingredients whenever possible. And very good coffee! Trad. ales: supplied by Hobsons, Six Bells, Three Tuns and Clun Breweries.
Food Hygiene Rating 5
(see “Where to stay” section)

 

THE THREE TUNS SALOP STREET
Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5BW
(01588) 638797 www.thethreetunsinn.co.uk
Keith Bance
This famous and historic pub and brewery has been the “beating heart” of Bishops Castle since 1642. Refurbished and enlarged, it still maintains the spirit of the original pub – public bar, snug bar, lounge bar – but with the addition of a classy oak framed, glass sided dining room.
A bustling, lively atmospheric pub created by the many charismatic locals who regard “The Tuns” as their home from home; it serves a wondrous array of real ales from the adjoining brewery, XXX, Best, Clerics Cure, Rantipole plus seasonal offerings. Open all day, every day.
Open for food: Mon – Sat 12.00noon – 2.30p.m. and 6.30p.m. – 9.00p.m.
Sun 12.00noon – 3.00p.m. Average dish price: £13.50.
Type of menu:
a modern, eclectic menu using locally sourced, fresh ingredients includes firm favourites, the famous Three Tuns burger, Beer Battered Fish & Chips as well as ‘probably’ the best ribeye steaks in Shropshire.  Vegetarian and Vegan options always available.
A restored and characterful function room sees everything from live music (jazz to rock to classical) to Morris Dancing and the Film Societies screenings. No piped music or fruit machines.  We are proud to be supporters of the annual Bishops Castle Real Ale Festival and the Bishop’s Castle Arts Festival.
Food Hygiene Rating 5
(See the Three Tuns Brewery in “Places to Visit” section)

THE POPPY HOUSE (TEA ROOMS)
Market Square, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5BN
(01588) 638443 www.poppyhouse.co.uk
Clive and Julie Hayward
A family-run licensed Tea Rooms and Restaurant
Open 10.00am – 4.00pm Wednesdays – Sundays Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Type of menu:
We serve traditional hearty British food. Home-made cakes, sandwiches, lunches, with daily specials always available and various hot, cold and alcoholicdrinks. All food is freshly prepared on the premises using local produce where available. Traditional Sunday lunches throughout the year, £6.95 (£6.50 smaller portions), all-day breakfasts, including vegetarian from £4.95 and our bargain bacon butty at £2.75!! Take-away menu available.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Our restaurant is available any evening for private parties, offering anything from a 3-course meal to a buffet for a minimum of 12 people. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Off-site catering can also be provided. We also offer B&B accommodation.
Food Hygiene Rating 5
(see the “Where to Stay” section)

THE DRAGON’S LAIR Chinese & English Meals to Take Away
13, Market Square, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5BN
(01588) 630255    http://g.page/dragons-lair-Chinese
We are a family business using traditional Chinese home style cooking with natural ingredients.  A varied menu with soups and starters and main dishes from Chow Mein, Fried Rice and Foo Yung to Curry,Sweet & Sour and Chop Suey and hot Chilli. 
Opening time is 5:00p.m. to 10:30p.m.  We are Closed on Tuesdays
Telephone orders welcome. Please speak to our staff about ingredients in your meal when making your order.
Food Hygiene Rating 5

 

access-iconhappy bapTHE HAPPY BAP
39, High Street
Bishop’s Castle SY9 5BE

07805 797746 thehappybap@yahoo.co.uk
Steve Whittingham
A unique 17thcentury character café located at the bottom of the town’s historic cobbles  Ample seating and also alfresco dining in the summer’s Hidden Garden.
Subs, Soups, Salads and Spuds. Cakes and cold drinks. Fresh, homemade pastries/sausage rolls.  Gluten Free cakes and rolls on request.   All locally sourced produce, organic where possible but always top quality.  Freshest, ethically sourced, coffees.
Eat in or takeaway.   Picnics to order.     

Toilets (without disabled access), high chairs. Free Wi-Fi. Fully licensed bar.
Open 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. every day but Sunday and Wednesday.
Available for small functions and parties.
Food Hygiene Rating 5   Sorry no dogs.

MARLON’S @ No.19
19 High St., Bishop’s Castle SY9 5BE
(01588) 680067 (home no. – no phone at shop)
Facebook – Marlon’s @ No.19
Quality handcrafted Coffee & Foods.  Coffee House serving freshly ground Easy Jose coffee, Organic Clipper teas.  Patisseri, Sandwiches prepared to order, fresh & frozen Take-home meals all cooked by Marlon.  Take-away or Eat-in
Open 9.30am to 4.30pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Food Hygiene rating 5.

KIRSTY’S CAFÉ
New Street, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5DQ
(01588) 638115
Kirsty Burton
Serving Breakfast and Lunch, Full English Breakfasts, hot and cold sandwiches, panini’s, omelettes, Burgers, specials board , homemade cakes, fresh coffee, milkshakes. Eat in or Takeaway. Free WiFi.Walkers and cyclists welcome in wet and muddy gear. Dogs welcome outside.
Open Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m
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Food Hygiene Rating 5Disabled access

six bells pubTHE SIX BELLS INN & BREWERY
Church Street, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire SY9 5AA
(01588) 638930
Mandy Green
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Open 7 days a week
We offer Food 7 days a week –
Breakfast 10am – 12 noon Monday to Saturday.  Basket Meals Monday to Saturday 12.30pm to 6pm, Sunday 3pm – 6pm. Mr. T’s evening menu or BBQ Thursday to Saturday 6pm to 8.30pm.  Sunday Lunch 12 noon to 3pm.
The Six Bells no longer has a brewery attached but we stock a varied selection of real ales, ciders, wines and spirits.  Hot drinks available.
Special parties catered for.
Food Hygiene Rating 5

CLUN & THE CLUN VALLEY

THE WHITE HORSE INN
The Square, Clun, Shropshire SY7 8JA
(01588) 640305  www.clun.pub
Jack Limond
A cosy lively 18th century coaching inn & post-house standing on the old Market Square, 2 minutes from the castle. Enjoy a warm welcome and relax in front of the log fire.
Open for food.
Trad. Ale from our own microbrewery: Wye Valley, Butty Bach, Hobson’s Bitter, plus two guest ales and a real cider. Cask Marque Holder.
Food Hygiene Rating 5
(see “Where to stay” section)

THE MALTINGS CAFE
12, High Street, Clun, Shropshire SY7 8JB
(01588) 640539 saraaah47ish@hotmail.co.uk
Sarah & Stig

Welcome you to their warm, cosy and friendly Cafe situated on the ground floor of a 17th century beautifully renovated old Malthouse
We offer a wide range of Home Cooked food using locally sourced and produced ingredients whenever possible. These include anything from a Full English Breakfast (with Clun Sausages, Bacon and Eggs) to Sandwiches,
Baguettes, Delicious Hot Homemade Meals, Filled Jacket Potatoes,
Teacakes, Scones and locally baked Cakes.
We also have a “Special’s Board” with Hearty Meals such as Clun Venison Casserole, Burgundy Beef, Goulash and a choice of Homemade Soups.
Vegetarian and Gluten Free options always available.
TripAdvisor certificate of excellence in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Open: 10am – 4pm seven days a week
We welcome Hikers, Bikers (motorised or not!), Children and Dogs.
TAKEAWAYS AND FREE WIFI
Food Hygiene Rating 5

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THE BRIDGES
Bridges, Ratlinghope, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 0S
(01588) 650260  www.thebridgespub.co.uk
Will & Beth
The Bridges, where two rivers meet, a rare and magical place. Described as the country’s most beautiful country pub location in the foothills of the Long Mynd and Stiperstones, the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Bridges is “the” destination pub on the Shropshire Way. Stunning walks and biking routes criss-cross the venue. A Mecca for lovers of the outdoors, great music and performing arts.
Open every day from 9.300 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. and food served all day. Homemade food to suit all tastes including bar-snacks, homemade cakes,restaurant menu and our UK Top 50 Independent award winning Sunday Roast. A Three Tuns Brewery Tap House, serving a fantastic range of real ales and ciders.
Food Hygiene Rating 5
(see “Where to Stay” and events section)

MELLINGTON HALL HOTEL
Mellington, Churchstoke, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6HX
01588 620056
www.mellingtonhall.co.uk
Owners Alistair and Claire Evans
Manager Dawn Davies
Head Chef Tom Barber
Mellington Hall Hotel is a magnificent Grade II listed 19thcentury house built in Gothic style set within 270 acres of stunning park and farmland which is privately owned by the Evans Family from Bishops Castle.
Eleven lovely individually designed rooms all with en-suite facilities with far reaching views across the glorious mid-Wales countryside.  Tea and coffee making facilities in each room with free Wi-Fi. Free ample parking adjacent to the hotel.  Peace and tranquillity is the main attraction at Mellington Hall so your relaxation is paramount.  With deep comfy sofas, five open fires and with real ale on tap served in our bar, delicious fresh cooked food served all day every day, there really is something for everyone!  Plenty of woodland walks with the Offa’s Dyke path running through the grounds. Children’s play area for the little ones and fishing is available to all residents. We have space for family gatherings, meetings, small individually tailored wedding packages and bespoke menus are available upon request.
Dogs welcome
Rooms from £140 per night for a double room