Cocktails at Porter House
With Easter coming up I was shopping around for a nice little break for my husband and I when I stumbled across a Groupon deal for The Lion Hotel in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. For those of you who don’t know Shropshire it is a lovely county on the border with Wales, Cheshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It contains some amazing places to visit, contains some fascinating historical marvels and great scenery. My parents lived in Shropshire for 14 years and I was born in Shrewsbury before we moved to Manchester when I was 18 months old. So I was excited to go for a visit and the deal was very reasonable: 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast and a 3 course meal on the first night for £149.
We drove down on a lovely Sunday morning and it didn’t take long for us to get to Shrewsbury at all. From Manchester it was only about an hour and twenty minutes ish. (May be a bit longer if it isn’t my husband driving!) The Lion Hotel is situation in the centre of the town fronting onto the road near the river. It’s a lovely grade one listed building, a sixteenth century coaching inn according to their website. There’s a little car park in the back access down an alley way, and I was glad we couldn’t bring my Jeep as it would be a little tight!
Inside the hotel it’s like a warren as you’d expect from such an old building. Lots of corridors and little staircases going up and down and an old fashioned lift to take you to the upper floors of the building. We were on the third floor in a lovely little room that was perfect just for the two of us. I must say this hotel is very ramshackle. The furniture upholstery is worn in places, the bathrooms are old fashioned and a little rundown. But overall the place was clean and tidy, the food and service was great and we had nothing to complain about.
On the first night we ate in the restaurant which is situation down some stairs into a large open room decorated in a similar style to the rest of the hotel. The menu is limited. There were about 3-4 starter choices, 4-5 main course choices and about 3-4 dessert choices. They did have a nice wine list and we chose a lovely Tempranillo which was delicious. The food was good but I do like to have a little more variety on a menu when I go out.
We also ate breakfast the following morning in the same room which was good but not great. It takes a lot to get me down to a hotel breakfast in the morning and while the cooked breakfast was good that’s all it was. The second morning we ordered a continental breakfast up to our room and that was much better eating croissants and having tea in privacy.. and my pyjamas! Much more my style!
All in all this was a very pleasant style and a good deal from Groupon as far as I’m concerned. If you’re looking for a nice weekend away in a great town I definitely recommend The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury!
Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire and an original medieval market town. The history and culture of this town is evident all over from its buildings to its geographical layout and it is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a getaway. – A note to remember, Shrewsbury is very hilly!
The town has lots of places to visit within it and nearby. For our visit we were there two days so we stayed within the town itself but there is a roman settlement about 10 minutes away and the famous Ironbridge about 40 minutes away and plenty of other things to do. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and went for a walk around the town and a quick lunch in the local Wetherspoons we discovered. The town is not massive. You could walk about the whole centre in about an hour or so easily but it has plenty of lovely streets, shops and attractions.
We walked through the medieval part of the town and through the market square down to the river severn where we spotted the Shrewsbury Hotel, a Wetherspoons. I won’t go into any detail here, we had a standard Wetherspoons lunch, cheap and cheerful and the same everywhere! Afterwards we walked down the river and into The Quarry, the towns park. This is a lovely green space with paths to walk by the river and a beautiful church on top of a hill. On the other side there’s a Quarry called ‘The Dingle’ which has been landscaped with bedding areas and water features. It’s an absolutely gorgeous park and the town is so lucky to have such a space right in the centre.
The following day we visited Shrewsbury Castle, which is the centre of the town and has been converted in to the Shropshire Regimental Museum. The castle itself is a fascinating building and a little room in the basement at the end of museum that details its history dating back to the Eleventh Century. The museum contains a massive collection of artefacts dating back to the nineteenth century through the wars of the British Empire from 1755 to present day with a focus on the Shropshire regiments. It gives a great insight into all aspects of warfare and the changes that occurred during this long history from uniform to weaponry to health and care. There are cabinets full of medals won by men in the Shropshire regiments and a considerable amount are on display. It truly is a fascinating collection and an excellent museum well worth a visit.
We finished off our day at a lovely restaurant called Porter House, an American style bar and grill. The restaurant itself was in a lovely design with eclectic décor and objects dotted around the place. We were seated in the restaurant area which was nice and comfortable. The food menu was amazing with so much choice I didn’t know where to start! Eventually I decided on the nachos to start while my husband had the chilli and salt crispy fried squid. Both were absolutely delicious and really good sizes.
For main I went with the full rack of BBQ pork ribs and my husband had the land and sea – steak, shrimp and calamari. Again, both were soo good. The ribs were the largest I have ever had and so tasty, just like ribs should be. My husband told me his was also amazing so a big 10/10 for the food! I managed to find a small space for dessert (it’s a separate stomach I swear!) and I had the watermelon and vodka sorbet which was delicious. I cannot fault this place at all with their food. Great prices and completely delicious. Not only is the food amazing but they also have a fabulous cocktail menu!!