The Boathouse, Shrewsbury

We finish our Shrewsbury mini-series with a trip to the Boathouse.
All pleasant English towns are on a river, and they always seem to have a nice pub called The Boathouse.

02_BridgeWe couldn’t check into the hotel till 2, and it was a lovely sunny day, so we went for a walk in the Quarry (which is actually a lovely park)
The pub is over this lovely old suspension bridge, and it a welcome sight after a train journey

We arrived just after 12, and got ourselves a good table overlooking the river and bridge.
04_Dining RoomIt’s not huge inside, so if you’re keen to eat here I recommend getting there pronto – it was full by 12.45, with people loitering near diners coming to the end of their desserts.


The menu is well-pitched for Ladies Who Lunch – trendy enough to be interesting without scaring the horses.
The steaks are aged on site, chilli and garlic prawns with aioli is just our sort of thing, and the grill would keep the hungriest tummy happy.

Dafydd threatened to have the mixed grill, but we were booked in for dinner at the Lion and I didn’t want him peaking too early (again).
BBQ food may be last summer’s trendy food fad, but we’re still keen, and it seemed well priced.
Indeed, the Boathouse has an odd pricing structure where the cheaper items look poorer value (£7 for a chicken wrap?) with the dearer items more fair (both our generous BBQ mains were £11)
07_BrisketDafydd’s BBQ brisket was delicious. Plenty of soft, tasty beef, a generous portion of Mac’n’Cheese (macaroni cheese to you and I), crisp salad and fries.
The BBQ sauce didn’t have any acidity to balance the sweetness, but that’s a minor niggle, and he was more perplexed about it being served on a chopping board.
06_PorkI preferred my pulled pork – the meat was falling apart, although it was so large I had to cut it up like an invalid.
That brioche bun was toasted but remained soft, and the cabbage and gherkin gave it a little kick.

It was exactly what we needed to introduce us to Shrewsbury
09_BarThe bar had a good range of wines, though maybe my sauvingnon blanc was a bit bland.
Dafydd was pleased with the beer range too, re-acquainting himself with Shropshire Gold and meeting Purity’s Mad Goose for the first time (with the Goose a clear winner).

Service was quick and efficient, and there is a sun terrace that will be popular once summer comes (and is always popular with the smokers, although the Boathouse is an excellent reason not to give yourself a fatal illness).
It’s probably a little far out if you’re on a shopping trip, but if you want a perfect end to a walk in the park, then the Boathouse is the place to go.
03_Boathouse from Bridge

The Boathouse Riverbar + Grill,
New Street,
01743 231658




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