Where to Eat

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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)

three tuns pubTHE THREE TUNS SALOP STREET
Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5BW
(01588) 638797 www.thethreetunsinn.co.uk
Tim and Catherine Curtis-Evans
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, 1642, 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: £12.00.
Type of menu:
a modern, eclectic menu using locally sourced, fresh ingredients e.g. for starters: Chicken, sausage and thyme ballotine with sweetcorn puree, sauté king prawns & chorizo with balsamic reduction or seafood fishcakes with aioli.
Main courses include grilled seabass with shellfish & saffron sauce, free range chicken with roast garlic sauce, the ‘infamous Three Tuns burger as well as ‘probably’ the best ribeye steaks in Shropshire.
A restored and characterful function room sees everything from livmusic (jazz to rock to classical) to line dancing, Morris dancing, film club. No piped music or fruit machines.We are proud to be supporters of the annual Bishops Castle
Real Ale Festival.
Food Hygiene Rating 5
(See the Three Tuns Brewery in “Places to Visit” section)

Ganges-outsideTHE GANGES BALTI RESTAURANT & TAKE-AWAY
12, Market Square, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5BN
(01588) 638543 www.thegangesrestaurant.co.uk
M.A. Zafor
TThis award winning, popular restaurant has been in the centre of the oldest part of the town, close to the castle wall, for 21 years. It specialises in Tandoori and signature dishes and has built an excellent reputation on customers’
recommendations. Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor and in is the current Good Curry Guide.
Open for Food: every day including Bank Holidays, 5.30 p.m. – 12.00 midnight,
Sat & Sun 12.00 noon – 2.00 p.m. Booking advisable at weekends.
Type of menu: a large range of Indian dishes cooked on the premises with Tandoori and Ganges specials. Dinner costs an average of £11 to £15.
The Ganges offers wide range of non-alcoholic drinks. Diners are free to bring their own alcoholic drinks such as wine or beer and there is no corkage charge.
The Ganges also offers a take-away service and outside catering for small or large groups.
The Ganges also offer a Delivery Service (minimum £20 order).
10% discount when booking on-line for students & Bishop’s Castle footballers and cricketers.
Food Hygiene Rating 4

man_sketchTHE 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.We have recently refurbished our tea rooms with a comfy leather sofa and new wooden furniture for a contemporary feel.
Open 10.00am – 4.00pm Wednesdays – Mondays Closed on 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 alcoholic
drinks. All food is freshly prepared on the premises using local produce where available. Traditional Sunday lunches are available throughout the year, £6.95
(£5.95 smaller portions), full English all-day breakfasts 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 10 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 nghiho@hotmail.co.uk
Nghi Ho
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. Set meals from £7.50. Free prawn crackers with orders over £15. Telephone orders welcome.
Open 4.30p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sunday, 4.30p.m. to 10.30 p.m, on Saturday. Closed Monday except Bank Holidays.
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
An old café situated next to the newly refurbished Town Hall, at the bottom of The Cobbles with ample seating and also summer time seating in the rear garden.
Subs, sarnies, soups and spuds. All made from the locally sourced produce, organic and always top quality. Fresh coffees, cakes and cold drinks. Eat in or takeaway. Toilets (without disabled access), high chairs. Free Wi-Fi. Sorry no dogs.
Open 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. every day but Sunday (closed) and Wednesday when we close at 2.00 p.m.
Food Hygiene Rating 5

Chai ShopTHE CHAI SHOP
High St., Bishop’s Castle SY9 5BQ
07790 194782 (01588) 640280 (evenings only).
Tahira
A café and takeaway on the lower floor of the historic Porch House with a glazed front onto the main street. Freshly prepared Indian meals, snacks, sweets and cakes to eat in or takeaway. Spicy chai tea, filter coffee and a variety of drinks.
Gluten free, dairy free and vegan options available. Early evening meals by arrangement. Catering for all occasions – weddings, funerals, parties and community events.
Open 10.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Food Hygiene Rating 5

FB_FindUsOnFacebook-144access-iconKIRSTY’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 5. Disabled access.

Thyme Cafe 2016THYME CAFÉ
45, Church St., Bishop’s Castle SY9 5AD
(01588) 630386
Josie Stephens & team
Freshly ground coffee, home cooked traditional food using local ingredients, daily specials, vegetarian foods, healthy choices and naughty cakes. Highchair. Takeaway and outdoor catering available.  Facebook – 45thymecafe  Instagram – thymecafe45
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Food Hygiene rating 5.

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boars-head-2012THE BOARS HEAD
Church Street, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5AE
(01588) 638521 www.boarsheadhotel.co.uk
access-iconDarren & Stuart run this 16th century former coaching inn.
Open April to October: Monday – Thursday & Sundays 11.30 – 22.30, Friday & Saturday 11.30 – 23.00. Sundays!
November to March: Monday – Thursday 11.30– 21.00, Friday & Saturday 11.00 – 22.30, Sundays 11.30 – 22.30.
Winner of the Cask Marque Award for excellence in Keeping Beer & Home of locally Brewed Ludlow Gold! Great Selection of Wines!
Food served all day, every day from 12.00 – 21.00 Monday – Saturday, Sunday
12.00 – 20.00.
Average main dish price: £9.95 – £18.95. Snacks from £2.95.
Type of Menu:
We offer a selection of hearty traditional pub food, using locally sourced ingredients where ever possible. Grill Menu, Traditional Fish & Chips. Pasta Dishes. Vegetarian & Gluten Free Options,
Dedicated children’s & seniors menu!.
Food Hygiene Rating 5, 4 Star AA Rated, Drink! Dine! Dream!
(see “Where to stay” section)

six bells pubTHE SIX BELLS INN & BREWERY
Church Street, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire SY9 5AA
(01588) 638930
www.sixbellsbrewery.co.uk

John & Mary Stradling
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A classic old fashioned pub – no TV, Juke Box etc! The brewery has now been brewing again for more than 20 years, producing a range of great ales. Our year round beers are: Noggin, Ow Do, Cloud 9 and Spikey Blond. Additionally wehave at lest one monthly special available, aften two.
The pub is cat and dog friendly and welcomes walkers, cyclists & drinkers.
We have wood fire on in winter, and can offer light lunches and cook homemade food on Thursday, Friday & Satuirday evenings along with Sunday lunch.
We also have the Old Brewery Café open from ester offering sandwiches, cakes, teas and coffees in the afternoon to visitors and walkers.
The pub is open 12.00 noon – 11.00 p.m.
We also have the Old Brewery Café open from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm Monday – Saturday, closed Sunday offering sandwiches, cakes, teas and coffees to visitors and walkers.
John & Mary with their happy team look forward to welcoming you along.
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.
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

access-iconTHE OLD WHEELWRIGHTS TEAROOM AND B&B
Little Brampton, Clunbury, Shropshire. SY7 0HH
(01588) 660141 www.theoldwheelwrights.co.uk
Annie & Andy Sutton
Set in the stunning Clun Valley, with, The Old Wheelwrights Tearoom is situated at the front of the 18th Century home of Annie and Andy.
Serving freshly prepared home cooked food sourced as locally as possible, with vegetarian/vegan options. Our Little Brampton and Big Brampton breakfasts available from 9am – 1pm. A selection of homemade cakes, sandwiches, salads, snacks, soups and jacket potatoes available.
Vegetarian/vegan/coeliac diets catered for.
Open Feb to Nov 10.30am to 5pm Thursday – Sunday.
Full DISABLED ACCESS AND TOILET
Food Hygiene Rating 5

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THE COACH HOUSE
Norbury, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire SY9 5DX
(01588) 650846 www.coachhousenorbury.com
Sean & Lexi Morris
The Coach House is a modern country inn. Our beautiful building is nestled in the conservation village of Norbury, in the South Shropshire Hills AONB between the Stiperstones and the Long Mynd.
We have an award winning 2 AA rosette restaurant, luxurious B&B accommodation and a fully licensed bar. We are dog friendly, your pets are allowed in 3 of our letting rooms and can join you for a meal in 2 of our bar rooms (both with wood burning stoves and sofas). The main restaurant & 4 of the letting rooms are not dog friendly.
On the first Wednesday of every month we serve a limited themed menu at our popular Pop Up Pub night. Please check our website for details.
We believe passionately in seasonality and we strive hard to source quality ingredients from as close to home as possible. We are members of the Real Bread Campaign and bake our own sourdough and levain breads daily.
Food served 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm Wednesday – Saturday nights. Booking essential. bookings@coachhousenorbury.com or 01588 650846
Food Hygiene Rating 5, 2 AA rosettes for Culinary Excellence, AA 4 star rated accomodation with a Gold Award and Breakfast Award. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 4 years. Booking.com 9.6/10

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)