Ok so maybe not so secret – but a few must-stop restaurants for those who don’t know the are as follows within my home town of Shropshire and the neighboring county, Staffordshire.
As I grew up here, I feel I have a rounded opinion that makes my blog a relevant source for looking where to eat.
So amongst all the fields, let me start with my favourite local country pub and outline my top 21 places to dine:
1. The Fox located in Chetwynd Aston; a great family pub with an incredible beer garden!
As part of the Brunning & Price restaurant chain, the classic Edwardian-style pub includes the rustic vaulted rooms, alcoves and a south-facing terrace. Their passion lies in finding quality ingredients and preparing, cooking and presenting them in a modern but unpretentious way. The menus therefore exude freshly prepared, classic British dishes complemented by more exotic influences from other parts of the world.
Just as I didn’t think it was well known my best friend and I bumped into Sol Campbell the other week;
And here’s a snippet into a 8 hour beer garden experience one hot Summer outside The Fox.
Always come back for Christmas meals – the Turkey roast never fails!
2. The Woodbridge in Ironbridge positioned near the river – another restaurant under Brunning & Price…
And around the corner is Ironbridge centre which has character through it’s cobbled street and river running along the side of the road.
3. Now the best tea and cake place you HAVE to stumble upon in Ironbridge is Queenies.
Similar to the The Fox and The Woodbridge, Brunning & Price’s slightly more “posher” version is based in the next county of Staffordshire, which is coming up as Number Four in my top 21 places to dine out.
4. The Swan with Two Necks – Featuring a lovely modern interior design and outdoor beer garden, this place is ideal for all seasons. Situated in the heart of the countryside, in one of the county’s most iconic country pubs, The Swan with Two Necks aims to bring a fresh and vibrant eating and drinking experience to North Staffordshire.
The Thai red curry is usually my ‘go to’ dish and make sure to add that chilli in, otherwise it could risk tasting slightly bland.
The char-grilled chicken and roasted peppers are presented on a skewer with the intent to dip them into the hot sizzling bowl filled with mild Red Thai curry and coconut rice.
After the sharing board and mains, make sure to save room for dessert as the puddings are worth it! Here’s a snapshot of a casual trio dessert one Sunday afternoon;
And the Salmon en croute always delivers;
5. Again in Staffordshire, a popular place where we had our high school prom – introducing Weston Hall; a magnificent Manor House which is an absolute must if ever in the area.
And the best warm home made jam scones I have ever tasted – this was the day I got into red wine!
If you’re lucky you may come across some lamas in the garden also 😉
The mussels and seafood in general are also to die for… Along with a hearty Winter stew;
6. The Armoury in Shrewsbury is my favourite place back in SHROPSHIRE! It also has a little outside seating area for a sunny day.
Not to mention…
7. …Romolos next door…
8. Shrewsbury classics continue at The Libertine;
9. House of the Rising Sun – Modern Australian cuisine with Pacific Rim tastes and European cooking tradition. If you like SUSHI, then this is the place for you.
Celebrating my eldest brother’s birthday, we had a feast to say the least 😉
10. Not far from the House of the Rising Sun in Shrewsbury, lies Cromwells.
Fantastic for it’s Mussels in a creamy white wine sauce in a small beautiful outside terraced garden.
11. Weston Park in Shropshire served the most fantastic food at a wedding we attended last Summer – this place is also known for the famous V Festival located in the ground.
Going that bit further out from Shropshire & Staffordshire is the place “where the beautiful people go”…
12. …The Crown at Wergs.
Delicious food and a lovely candlelit feel to the place. An excellent suggestion for a first date 😉
13. Similar chain in Stone, Staffordshireshire’s “The Wayfarer” never fails. Great place for your best friend to announce she’s engaged…
14. The Sutherland Arms – a small country pub in Tibberton (home town :)) which does just the job for a Christmas meal with the fam :):)
Again sticking to the Midlands our most fantastic meal as bridesmaids on celebrating our best friend getting engaged…
15. The Plough and Harrow- Generous portions of Seafood linguine all around!
One more from the Midlands which is where another friend’s hen do took place…
16. Moddershall Oaks – brilliant food and an excellent spa day!
17. Just want to slot in another Midlands one – Best Beef and Duck tasted at Teppanyaki in Birmingham…
18. And here’s a quick snapshot of Fischer’s Baslow Hall in Derbyshire;
One very impressive Cheesecake coming up…
19. The Three Horse Shoes – the night before my friend’s wedding we had the best carvery and even sampled a fantastic afternoon tea at the spa next door;
20. The Ashes – also based in Leek, my best friend’s actual wedding took place at this beautiful venue and the food did not fail.
21. The Fitzherbert Arms – another one in Staffordshire and a great place for our 15 year reunion from SGS;
Service was average but the venue and food massively made up for it. Fish & Chips and the Fish Stew being a popular amongst us ladies;
This is a great spot for home cooked, flavoursome and wholesome food.