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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 old town of Bishop's Castle tumbles down steep hills on the fringe of Shropshire's Clun Forest. 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. The engaging warren of rooms is generally music and games machine free, although regular live music and morris dancing events prove popular, along with the beer festival held as part of the town's summer festival each July. Timbers, beams and redoubtable fireplaces add tremendous character, and menus include Three Tuns XXX beer battered fish with hand cut chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce.

Opening hours

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

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


  • 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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