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Rustic cooking in an 18th-century coaching inn

At a glance

Bar menu
Garden
Free Wi-Fi

Although Paul Turpin-Ottley, landlord of this 17th-century former coaching inn, enjoys pasta, curry and Thai food, he doesn't offer them here because, as he says, they're available everywhere. Instead, he prefers an 'informal rustic style' of cookery, which means a wide-ranging menu of simply cooked, seasonal British dishes, sometimes with a European influence. Typically, these include Staffordshire supreme sirloin; Shropshire 'fidget' faggots; classic oxtail hotpot with basil dumplings; beer-battered cod; and split pea and whole-nut cottage pie. Real ales come from Hobsons brewery in Cleobury Mortimer. Walkers exploring this neck of the Shropshire countryside often head for the nearby Wrekin hill.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st 2 weeks January
  • Days closed: Sunday evening
  • Opening times: 12-3 5-11 (Sunday 12-4)
  • Lunch opening: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-4
  • Dinner opening: Monday to Saturday 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Hobsons Best Bitter, Town Crier
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Getting here

From M54 junction 7 take B5061 (Holyhead Road), 400 yards on left on corner of Haygate Road and Holyhead Road

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