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Historic inn famed for its home-brewery ales

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

The memorable time-warp town of Bishop's Castle tumbles down steep hills at the fringe of Shropshire's Clun Forest. A sheep market centre for centuries; traders from the time of King Charles I onwards have enjoyed the hospitality of The Three Tuns, where England's oldest brewery, licensed in 1642, continues to produce beers in its eye-catching tower brewery; Rantipole and Cleric's Cure just two of a suite of accomplished offerings. The engaging warren of rooms is generally music and games machine free, although regular live jazz, rock, classical music and morris dancing events prove very popular. The pub hosts a beer festival as part of the town's renowned summer festival each July. Timber frames, beams and redoubtable fireplaces add tremendous character, whilst a glass-sided dining room overlooks the sun trap, flower-bedecked brewery yard. Menus are as diverse as the beers; witness roast loin of hake with saffron and shellfish bisque; or slow-cooked ‘three pork and bean’ casserole; with banana parfait and peanut brittle to finish.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12-2.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Three Tuns XXX, Cleric's Cure, 1642, Rantipole and Stout

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, 2nd weekend July (town festival)


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant

Getting here

From Ludlow take A49 through Craven Arms, left onto A489 to Lydham, A488 to Bishop's Castle, inn at top of town

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