Lion & Pheasant Pub with rooms in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Prices from:
£115 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Cool ‘New England’ décor
  • Beamed interior comes as a surprise
  • Innovative modern British cooking
  • Contemporary smart rooms
  • Splash out – book the Loft Suite
  • Mediterranean-style courtyard

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Lion & Pheasant Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1XJ

The personal touch

Spread across several buildings at the bottom of Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury’s famous street lined with independent shops, the striking Lion & Pheasant hides a historic sixteenth century heart behind an early eighteenth facade. Old certainly meets new throughout this beautifully renovated building, which in 2010 was transformed into the place it is today by the architect/designer team of Rachael Chidlow and Paul Keogh. The minimalist-rustic design and décor comes as a surprise as you step from the street into the contemporary reception-cum-lounge and the cool and uncluttered bar, which have a distinct New England look and feel. Think, sanded lightwood floors, pastel painted tongue and groove walls, big vases of fresh flowers, cushioned sofa, glass chandelier, spotlights and trendy anglepoise lamps, and painted wall benches. Step into the dining room and back 200 years to a world of ancient beams, slate floors and a raised log fire in the huge stone inglenook. Wonky rustic walls, thick timbers and beams extend upstairs into the intimate, candlelit restaurant. Owned by the Chidlow family since the 1980s, the hotel is now run by Jim Littler and his professional team, who are dedicated to offering a friendly and efficient service.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome and provided for in the dining rooms, as long as they eat early in the evening, but are best accommodated in the adjacent Stables self-catering cottage, which has more space and cots/z-beds are available.

Muddy paws

Dogs are not allowed in the pub or rooms.


Escape the bar on warm sunny days/evenings and head for the sheltered rear courtyard, which has a distinct Mediterranean feel, edged with lavender and box and dotted with potted olive trees, while suspended sail clothes provide welcome shelter.

What’s the Damage?
22 bedrooms; doubles £115-£230; single from £99; self-catering from £150 per night

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (exc Amex)
  • Private dining – Crystal Room & Star Bar
  • Alfresco dining – lunch is served in the Mediterranean-style courtyard
  • Parking – limited to the rear; NCP almost opposite
  • Disabled access to lower dining room and can be accommodated in Studio 45

AA 3 Star & 2 Rosettes; Michelin Guide; Good Hotel Guide


Lion & Pheasant Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1XJ

Do not disturb

Equally contemporary are the 22 smart bedrooms reached via a bespoke twisting staircase and winding corridors on two floors. Mirroring downstairs, rear rooms ooze historic character and charm, featuring wonky floors and exposed wall timbers and ceiling beams. All have super comfortable oak or wrought iron Feather & Black beds topped with crisp White Company linen, down duvets and feather pillows, feature fireplaces and a cool, uncluttered feel – cord carpets, pastel tongue & groove dado, painted furniture, soft lighting and few paintings. Smart tiled bathrooms come with vast walk-in showers with five having showers over baths, and Cole & Lewis toiletries. For that special night away, why not book the Loft Suite with its vaulted timbered ceiling, head-cracking beams, wood floors, hip-bath on a raised level overlooking the iron bed, and separate storm shower. Independently minded guests or those with kids can stay in one of three beautifully designed and kitted out self-catering cottages, with the open-plan Stables being ideal for families.


What’s the Damage?
22 bedrooms; doubles £115-£230; single from £99; self-catering from £150 per night

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (exc Amex)
  • Private dining – Crystal Room & Star Bar
  • Alfresco dining – lunch is served in the Mediterranean-style courtyard
  • Parking – limited to the rear; NCP almost opposite
  • Disabled access to lower dining room and can be accommodated in Studio 45

AA 3 Star & 2 Rosettes; Michelin Guide; Good Hotel Guide

Eat & Drink

Lion & Pheasant Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1XJ

Mastering the menu

Paul Downes is a talented and ambitious chef and since taking charge of the kitchen team his inventive modern British (with a twist) style of cooking has found favour with local diners and guests staying at the inn. He also works closely with Rachael and manager Jim, who is passionate about sourcing local ingredients and maintaining an innovative restaurant menu, alongside an lunchtime bar menu that features chicken liver parfait with red onion marmalade, grilled plaice with lemon beurre blanc, and pub classics like steak burger with truffle mayo, bacon, onion jam and cheese, and sausages with mash and onion gravy. At dinner tuck into rabbit leg terrine, sea bass with samphire and cockle vinaigrette, and iced banana parfait with Chantilly cream. Arrive early to enjoy afternoon tea – Finger sandwiches, traditional cakes & pastries, fresh baked scones with strawberries, clotted cream & preserves, traditional lemonade, coffee or tea (£18.50). Blackboards announce the day’s cocktail and the gin of the week and closer inspection reveals that both are taken very seriously here, with boutique gins from Britain and abroad lining the shelves behind the bar, and there’s a cocktail menu if you wish to kick off the evening in style. Ale aficionados will rejoice as they sup tip-top ales from the Borders, including Wye Valley IPA, Salopian Shropshire Gold, brewed in an old dairy in Hadnall just outside Shrewsbury, and a brew from Ironbridge Brewery.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.15am – 9.30am (8am – 10.30am Sunday)
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm (5pm Saturday; 4pm Sunday)
Afternoon tea: 1pm – 4.30pm Monday to Saturday
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm (5pm – 930pm Saturday; 6pm – 8pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
22 bedrooms; doubles £115-£230; single from £99; self-catering from £150 per night

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (exc Amex)
  • Private dining – Crystal Room & Star Bar
  • Alfresco dining – lunch is served in the Mediterranean-style courtyard
  • Parking – limited to the rear; NCP almost opposite
  • Disabled access to lower dining room and can be accommodated in Studio 45

AA 3 Star & 2 Rosettes; Michelin Guide; Good Hotel Guide

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

1 Inn Location - Lion & Pheasant


Appleyards Deli, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UT

With one of the most alluring window displays imaginable, this Aladdin’s cave of a deli in Shrewsbury’s Wyle Cop specialises in local cheeses such as the award-winning Appleby’s cheese made in nearby Whitchurch. 01743 240180.


Aroma Tea and Coffee Merchants, Shrewsbury SY1 1DZ

Andrew Turner and his family have been hand-roasting single variety and blended coffee beans since the early 1980s and as well as supplying most of the restaurants and cafes in the area. His charming shop on St Mary's Place sells a full range of coffees, loose teas, biscuits and chocolate.


The Libertine, Butcher Row Shrewsbury SY1 1UW

By day a tea room, by night a cocktail bar, The Libertine on Butcher Row has a great atmosphere all day long and enjoyable food to boot.


The Boathouse, New Street, Shrewsbury SY3 8JQ

For unbeatable views of the River Severn from the sun-drenched terrace/garden and spruced up bar (wood floors, beams, log fires, contemporary decor), seek out this historic riverside pub overlooking Quarry Park. Refurbished by the owners of the Lion & Pheasant in 2014, it offers local ales, hearty grills, roasts and home-made burgers.


Tanners Wines, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1XD

Family-run since 1842, this top-drawer wine merchants occupies a historic black and white timber-framed building in Shrewsbury's Wyle Cop - a street regarded as one of the best in the UK when it comes to independent shops.


Shrewsbury Market Hall, Shrewsbury SY1 1QG

Open since 1965, Shrewsbury Market Hall stands proud between Shoplatch and Claremont Street and the stalls sell a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, fresh fish and deli products, as well as books, china, antiques, collectables and contemporary arts and crafts.


The Loggerheads, Church Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1UG

This traditional and quirky old pub in Church Street is a local institution and the place to sup local ales over friendly banter with the regulars.


Ludlow Brewing Company, Ludlow SY8 2PQ

In converted railway shed, this artisan brewery doesn't do guided tours as such but you can pick up bottles of brews like Ludlow Best and Black Knight from the shop and it also has its own small bar where you can taste before you buy.


Pomona Grocery Shop, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

Debra Reece and Des Walker run this organic food store at Castle Gates and it sells a fabulous selection of fruit and veg, cheeses, artisan bakery items, confectionery and kitchenware. 01743 366660.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - Lion & Pheasant



Park Hall Countryside Experience, Oswestry SY11 4AS

Located near Oswestry, Park Hall is one of the region's most exciting all- weather, family-friendly attractions noted for its hands-on animal activities and two huge indoor play barns. For something a bit more sedate, take a look at the on-site museums and exhibitions.


Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, SY21 0SF

Opened in 1903 to connect Welshpool and the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion, this 2 foot 6 inch narrow-gauge steam railway survives today as a popular visitor attraction. All the trains are steam-hauled, taking you on a 16-mile return journey through the scenic countryside of Mid-Wales.


Shrewsbury Boat Trips SY3 8LH

After you've explored Shrewsbury's ancient streets, relax aboard the Sabrina and enjoy a 45-minute cruise on the river Severn, departing from Victoria Quay near the Welsh Bridge. Refreshments are available on board.


The Edge Adventure Activities Centre, Much Wenlock TF13 6DB

The Edge Adventure Activities Centre at Much Wenlock, south-east of Shrewsbury, offers the chance to indulge in a huge range of popular activities. There's clay pigeon shooting, archery, zip wire, quad biking and much more. It's a great venue for a family party or a birthday treat.



Candleglass, St Mary's Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1EQ

Situated among Shrewsbury's many independent retailers and individual businesses, Candleglass, offers a wide range of giftware, various paintings by many of Britain's finest artists, ceramics, candles and cards.


Roses & Fishes, Broad Street, Ludlow SY8 1GZ

This boutique-style shop in Ludlow's elegant town centre offers a wide and striking range of inspiring items, including soft furnishings, furniture, table lamps, chandeliers and limited-edition prints, plus original works of art and jewellery.


55 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1BB

Shopping is a real pleasure at 55 Mill Street in Ludlow - a collection of traders housed among the historic buildings in this wonderful old town. Expect a treasure-trove of decorative antiques, French brocante (bric-a-brac), vintage clothing and textiles, architectural antiques and garden furniture. 01584 877200.


Burway Books, Church Stretton SY6 6BN

Situated in the charming little Shropshire town of Church Stretton, Burway Books is a proudly independent bookshop where you can browse and buy to your heart's content. Expect to see some of the very collectable Lone Pine titles by Malcolm Saville - the stories are set in the locality.


Bodenhams, Broad Street, Ludlow SY8 1NG

Bodenhams on Ludlow's picturesque Broad Street is the place to go for an extensive range of men's and ladies wear for use indoors or outdoors. The black-and-white timber-framed building in which the shop is based dates back more than 600 years.


Dickinson's Period House Shops, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UX

With a portfolio of products extending to more than 3,000 items, Dickinson’s handles original artefacts and stocks everything from brassware and door knockers to sockets and Bakelite. This is where to come for the restoration, renovation and decoration of homes, gardens and furniture. They are have a shop on Corve Street in Ludlow.


Feather & Black, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UX

In Shrewsbury’s Wyle Cop, Feather & Black is the ideal retailer if you’re looking for an excellent range of high-quality upholstered wooden and metal beds as well as occasional furniture. In addition, it stocks a selection of linens, bedding and accessories.

Places to visit


Haughmond Abbey, Uffington SY4 4RW

Just outside Shrewsbury, Haughmond Abbey is a ruined Augustinian monastery, probably founded in the 12th century. Now managed by English Heritage, the abbey ruins - including part of the Chapter House - occupy a picturesque hillside setting.


Sunnycroft, Wellington TF1 2DR

It might come as a surprise to find this suburban villa on the outskirts of Telford. In fact, the house and grounds represent an Edwardian time capsule, transporting visitors back to country house living prior to the First World War. More specifically, Sunnycroft tells the story of a brewer, a widow and three generations of the Lander family.


Benthall Hall, Broseley TF12 5RX

Situated at Broseley to the south of Telford, National Trust-managed Benthall Hall explains the story of the Benthall family from the Saxon era to the present day. There's also a striking Restoration church, a restored plantsman's garden and an old kitchen garden. Look out, too, for the Elizabethan skittle alley and circular walks through the woodland.


Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford TF11 8UP

Based at Cosford, between Shifnal and Albrighton, the Royal Air Force Museum has over 70 aircraft of international importance housed in three wartime hangars. See the world's oldest Spitfire and visit the museum's acclaimed National Cold War Exhibition.


Attingham Park, Atcham SY4 4TP

Attingham Park is Shropshire's leading year-round attraction, and with its acres of parkland, miles of walks, walled kitchen garden and graceful mansion, you can see why it draws so many visitors.


Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

Close to the Welsh Borders, Shrewsbury is one of England's loveliest and most historic market towns. The river Severn loops around it and a stroll through its quaint streets reveals a host of fine buildings and ancient landmarks - including the Castle (now a regimental museum) and the world-famous Abbey.


Ironbridge Gorge TF4 3QE

One of Shropshire's most popular visitor attractions, Ironbridge Gorge is acknowledged as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. With 10 museums to explore, there's always plenty to see and so do at this World Heritage Site - designated for its history, geology and cultural heritage.


Bishops Castle SY9 5BW

Take a leisurely stroll around the medieval town of Bishops Castle and you'll find an impressive collection of arts, crafts and quirky independent shops.

Shropshire is a cracking county for walkers. Everywhere you go there are hidden villages, peaceful river valleys and tracts of delightful countryside with ancient field patterns. Most walkers head for the remote, secret country of the Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge, Clee Hills and the Stiperstones – a fascinating, mysterious landscape steeped in folklore and legend. In Shrewsbury itself you can join the popular Severn Way, while several long-distance paths cut through the nearby Welsh Borders – including the Wye Valley Walk and the more famous Offa’s Dyke. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre at the Craven Arms is a perfect starting point for exploring the region.

If cycling is your thing, Shropshire also has plenty to offer. From Shrewsbury you’re soon out in the county’s glorious countryside and – depending on your schedule – you can explore the Marches to the west, the beautiful hills to the south or the natural and man-made wonders of Ironbridge Gorge to the east. The river Severn has cycle sections beside it, making a waterside bike ride a very enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Shropshire has plenty of festivals, carnivals, fairs, shows and exhibitions throughout the year. The well-established Shrewsbury Flower Festival and the Tales from the Edge storytelling extravaganza at Much Wenlock are two very popular fixtures. There’s an annual Walking Festival at Ironbridge Gorge, while Ludlow has a Food Festival, a Spring Festival and a Medieval Christmas Fayre.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: The Lion & Pheasant is located at the bottom of Wyle Cop in the centre of Shrewsbury, close to the River Severn. Small car park to the rear; NCP car park opposite

By Rail: Shrewsbury railway station is a short taxi ride away


49-50 Wyle Cop,, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1XJ

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