The Malthouse
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The Malthouse

Wharfage, Ironbridge, Telford TF8 7NH England
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#5 of 6 inns in Ironbridge
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A friendly business where we treat customers how we like to be treated, you may not always like our design but you will always remember us. No matter your age, everyone is young at heart really and loves to have fun and thats what we are all about. We have many different Rooms and Suites including a Penthouse. we have Live Bands every Friday and Saturday night and food served all day until 10pm everyday. We look forward to seeing you and making New friends.
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Non-smoking hotel
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Wharfage, Ironbridge, Telford TF8 7NH England
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Linda A wrote a review Jul 2020
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We came to Ironbridge for the day on Saturday and had a drink in the outside space at The Malthouse. We were very impressed with the service that was provided in these challenging times, all tables were cleaned down when the customers had left, the staff were very friendly, and it felt a safe space to be in and if we hadn't brought a picnic we would have had some food as the menu looked lovely. It has given us the confidence to go back to pubs and restaurants again and we will definitely visit again and have some food next time.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Elaine N wrote a review Feb 2022
5 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Just stayed 2 nights at The Malthouse Ironbridge. Very friendly staff and very helpfull. The evening meal was as expected and prices average for pub meal. The service good and atmosphere also good. Unfortunately the room,we stayed in the Blue room was not very light at night only one ceiling light over one part of the room. The bathroom was clean as was the bedding but unfortunately under bed and draws very dusty and the floor dusty(no carpets). Breakfast was the most disappointing as there was no cerals or fruit juices and only got offered one coffee had to ask for a second one. When our full English breakfast arrived the toast was on the breakfast plate and already had been buttered. We were not asked if we wanted white or brown toast either. It really was very disappointing.
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Date of stay: February 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Best views at the front but not if you want a quiet night in, go for rear rooms
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Sarah wrote a review Jul 2021
Telford, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a table at the malthouse as we live in Coalbrookdale and wanted somewhere walking distance, I will admit I was a little bit dubious after reading some reviews and some friends warned me not to come, but I'm glad we did as I wanted to try it for myself. We were seated within minutes of arriving and our drink order was taken as soon as we sat down and was brought to the table within minutes. food order taken promptly and our food came out within a perfect time and both meals were amazing, my husband had the mixed grill and he loved it especially the steak!! We both had pudding which was just as yummy as the main!!
My only critic was that when we came to pay the I asked the waitress to add an additional sum as a tip but apparently this could not be done on the card machine and as neither of us was carrying cash we couldn't tip. I myself work in the pub/restaurant trade and feel that this should be addressed so the staff who work hard can get that little extra reward that they earn for great service
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Date of stay: July 2021
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puzzlellie wrote a review Jan 2020
Telford, United Kingdom42 contributions27 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited on Christmas Day and there were 3 in the party. At £70 per head we were bitterly disappointed at the food offering and all agreed that it was no better than carvery quality but served at the table.


The starter (Venison & Black pudding scotch egg) sounded lovely but it was really horrible. It was huge and tough as old boots due to being overcooked. The size was completely off-putting and I defy anyone to eat a fraction of it without being full after one course.

The turkey main course was ok and reasonable but for £70 a little more than ‘ok’ was expected.

The dessert (we had the choc and orange tart) was far too chilled and you could not get a fork through it.


The location of the Malthouse is great. The redecoration looks tidy enough but there were so few decorations you would hardly know it was Christmas. They have a huge inglenook fireplace with no attempt to hang a garland or dress it at all. It was also far too light and had no ambience. The place was completely lacking in atmosphere at all. We all said that it would take about 3 mins to remove the couple of pieces of tinsel that were draped over picture frames when Christmas was over. It was so disappointing and felt as though a Christmas Day Lunch was offered for profit only and with no effort made to ensure that diners had a nice day.


There were not many staff on at all. The two ladies that were serving were very pleasant (as was the young man behind the bar) but they are all very young and I am sure have to put up with a lot of complaints due to the lack of any obvious Management staff.

We have used the Malthouse for years and this latest change of ownership is not an improvement on the previous owners. The place used to be painted in a dark red (not everyone’s choice) but it made the place feel cosy and was in keeping with the age of the building and its quirky nature.

Really needs management who are more visible and hands-on to whip this place back into shape. If you are going to cater for Christmas and New Year, put in some effort both in enthusiasm, quality and decoration.

Would also be nice to see some responses from the management to the Trip Advisor reviews left over the last few months.

I did not attempt to take pictures of the Xmas decorations because there weren’t any!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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SAH wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
After my stay i was left disappointed. I stayed in room ‘turquoise’ had quirky decor but was filthy dirty, small and cold. Along with this the room didn't have an en suite meaning my partner and i had to go across the hallway to use a bathroom! There was soap stains/ limescale all over the bathroom with the glasses provided dirty, we were left with half a roll of toilet roll and no extra.

My parents who were also staying at the malthouse had to be moved to another hotel in the area due a boiler explosion which they were informed of at check in. Nobody contacted them beforehand to inform them of this and the staff didn't seem to be bothered about our experience despite paying over £90 for a nights stay.

I pre booked a meal for 14 people on 29/12 for 4.30pm for the malthouse to then phone me up at 11.30 on 31/12 (day of my stay) to inform me everyone needs to pre order their meal for that evening! This added alot of stress to my day and i believe i should have been told this in advance. Although pre-booked we ended up waiting 45 minutes for our food once seating ourselves with no communication from staff.

However the food was lovely once arrived and there were no issues.

The entertainment provided on the evening of new year was great and was in a great location to explore ironbridge! However i wouldnt stay at this hotel again.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Andy Faulkner wrote a review Aug 2020
6 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Pro -
Great staff, friendly and helpful.

Cons -
No Parking. If you are a motorist, and let's face it most people coming to Ironbridge are, you are not going to be able to park. They have replaced all of their parking with about 6 benches out front. This makes it incredibly difficult to get luggage to and from your room. We ended up parking on the pay and display near the museum of the gorge. This meant we had to keep an eye on parking times! They say you can park on the Swan car park or the bakery next door but in reality there are only around half a dozen spaces for three venues so there are no spaces!
It was incredibly noisey from music in the bar below until after midnight so you get no sleep.
The bed springs were uncomfortable and the bed is a small double, even in their "superior" room so you constantly wake to find yourself on the edge of the bed!
Small things like they can't be bothered to maintain the door locks so every door is a chore to get through.
The shower is large but the entire on-suite is obviously a poorly thought out after thought. The toilet is crammed into the corner and the sink is tiny and not fit for purpose!
The bedroom floors squeak more than the bed springs and the TV remote is broken and unresponsive.
They describe the decor as "kitch", I call it dated, tired and in need of complete renovation. The floor is bare with an old cow hide thrown on it, there is no proper wardrobe, the dresser has handles missing and the sink in the bathroom has peeling veneer.
Finally, it took them FORTY SIX minutes to bring our breakfast from time we ordered it, by which time I was worrying about the car park ticket!!
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Date of stay: August 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Don't go here!
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Ij Craig wrote a review Aug 2021
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom31 contributions14 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
First of all, Id like to say this hotel is in a great position and its vista and outlook is super.
The review is in two parts as a restaurant, it is both poorly run with a tiny selection different to the website. I wanted lamb had to have steak? Small portions, took an eternity to arrive at table.
Stayed one night, never really understood why we couldn’t book in earlier than 2pm, just abruptly told?
Shown to room, which unbeknown to us was a tacky pink colour with cheap furniture, asked for fan , was quite warm, told the window opens? Lots of noise from gardens and street , main road outside.
Two pillows, asked for another couple after twice asking an hour later came, flat as a pancake and with a metal bedstead were inadequate. Shower was boiling and could not regulate.
Breakfast in the morning was a shambles no-one to explain process? Help yourself ? Table service, waited 15 minutes and people from outside walk ins served before us?
No orange juice , milk until asked , saving grace cooked breakfast was well cooked and tasty!
Food 10/ 10 experience2/10 only 5 other tables were being served hardly rushed.

So to conclude, nice vista, terrible service, rooms one star at best...breakfast well cooked and sourced...
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid, we have stayed all over the UK, this place is substandard but could be excellent,well run!
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Terry&Stacey wrote a review Aug 2021
Telford, United Kingdom3 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The food was terrible but the ultimate reason why I'm leaving a review is the shocking customer service by the staff, literally did not care when we spoke to them about the food quality. Shocking, training needed for the disengaged staff !!

Arrived and their was a wedding on outside and we were told that we were not allowed food.

We stated this was fine we would just have drinks.

We went to the bar and the bar lady straight from the off lady was short and when asked to repeat what drinks were available she huffed, we thought never mind lefts just go outside.

After sitting down 20 minutes we were then asked if we liked food, then we could do now but we'd need to order at the bar. We then decided to do so.

We both had fish & chips. Fairly standard pub food we were thinking on a nice day outside.
We also ordered two sides, onion rings and garlic bread.

The food arrived and it was a good portion size was good, however it was clear that the 'home-cooked' chips were in fact massive wedges that were massively undercooked - literally rock hard in the middle - 75% of them could not be eaten.

The fish and onion rings were literally dripping with fat, the onion rings were swimming in the bowl they arrived in.

I ate half of the fish which was littered with bones and one onion ring, I then felt quite sick due to the fat content. I know it's deep fried but this was soaking wet in fat.

We then waited ages for a staff member to come and see whether we were happy with the food, we understand that they were busy there was a wedding party but it was them who approached us about the food.

No one staff member came to us for over 45 minutes after we had finished our food.

We then called over the lad who was front of house outside to say we had finished. He then asked 'everything OK guys'

We told him our exact issued as stated above, his response was 'sorry about that guys'

So we then reiterated what we had said and emphasised that the food was not edible.
To our shock, he then repeated himself with 'sorry about that guys' and proceeded to collect the plates and simply walked off.
We waited a few minutes to see if he was going to get anyone but he never did.

As I have made clear in the beginning, this shocking customer service is what we have received so we have had to leave a review because what more do you do if you have reported it to a staff member??

We live local and love ironbridge but this crap standard is simple not good enough in such a competitive area.
Hopefully the manager reads this and takes note, if not then its simple rotton from the top to the bottom in regards to customer appreciation.

Reading some of the other reviews it's clear quality isn't a priority but we would not be leaving this review if it was handled correctly when we were asked for our feedback.
Your also charging competitive prices which definitely isn't reflected in your food quality & customer service, hope I'm wrong but the impression feels as though its rife with complacency thst the location will bring the customers & the quality & customer service 'will be what it will be'

Really annoyed and let down by the whole experience over something which should have been straight forward.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid, plenty of better places in the area who would appreciate your custom.
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Kriss S wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked the hotel as it listed on site parking. When we arrived we found the car park full of tables due to Covid 19. While we understood this it would have been nice to have been told. We were advised that the nearby public car park was free of charge but unfortunately we found to our cost that this was not correct. We spend some time moving the car around which was not the stress free experience we had hoped for.
We stayed in the Gold room and found the bed hard and lumpy with the pair of us rolling together so we sadly didn’t sleep that well.
We also booked a table for Wednesday night for dinner. We were told that the restaurant was fully staffed so surprised to be informed that there was a wait of 45 minutes for food. Our main course arrived 90 minutes after ordering and to rub salt in the wound it was not was I had ordered. My partner ordered steak and a steak knife was delivered to the table as he was finishing his meal.
On a positive note, the staff are friendly and the breakfast is fantastic and the location is great
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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FranC1111234 wrote a review May 2022
Assisi, Italy20 contributions28 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
They seem to regard hotel guests as an inconvenience. They state there is on-site parking. Well there is but it is at another hotel! What they have done is dispensed with their parking for outdoor tables and fairy lights so emphasising their interest in diners rather than hotel guests. There is free parking for 40 minutes from 6pm to 8am opposite, so you can wolf down breakfast and use it but if you have limited mobility and arrive outside these times you are on your own.
The room I had was a little shabby and the bedside light needed a bulb andin the ensuite the shower water did not soak away so stagnant water swirled around my feet. I reported this and the hotel did absolutely nothing. No light bulb and stinky shower until the end of my stay!
I had continued problems with the keys to the external door as well as my room, which wasn't helped by the night staff double locking the outside door! Yes hotel guests are a nuisance aren't they!
Breakfast was a limited set menu, either a fry up as huge english breakfast/ sandwich or a small bowel of porridge or 3 pancakes and was presented as a fait accompli. This is it. Fruit or fruit juice...we don't do that sort of thing...
The location of the Malthouse is riverside and it attracts evening drinkers and diners who seem to find the menu which mentions sourdough a lot...alluring. All in all though having hotel guests is really too much trouble for this establishment
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Dawn G asked a question Apr 2018
Stafford, United Kingdom34 contributions24 helpful votes
Is it easy to get a taxi from the hotel
Answer from Eliana2006
Bristol, United Kingdom98 contributions31 helpful votes
Yes the staff can call one for you and also give you the number for your return journey and you get a call from the driver on arrival and text message describing drivers vehicle very efficient and cheap x
kate R asked a question Aug 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom16 contributions4 helpful votes
Does the malt house have any other pubs?
Answer from faith
Sydney, Australia327 contributions88 helpful votes
Hi Do you mean does Ironbridge have any other pubs? If so yes, there are plenty of places to eat. You can also pack a picnic and eat on the riverside if the weather is nice. Take a rug to sit on. Faith
Answer from Liz Jones
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom96 contributions12 helpful votes
Park down by the Antiques centre further down the road on the left hand side. Find it on Google maps. Drive down the road Malthouse on your right, big public car park further down on your left.
traceys870 asked a question Sept 2016
Penzance, United Kingdom3 contributions5 helpful votes
are well behaved pets allowed in the rooms
Answer from BMorriss
Manchester, United Kingdom1,790 contribution282 helpful votes
The own the building next door which may allow pets but always best to phone and ask .
Andrea S asked a question Aug 2016
Nantwich, United Kingdom79 contributions66 helpful votes
Can you watch the bands from the restaurant?
Answer from Nigel C
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom359 contributions139 helpful votes
Unfortunately not. The restaurant is separate from the area where the bands play.
Aimee wrote a tip Feb 2024
Worthing, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Find out what time events will finish there, and decide if it suits your itinerary"
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victoria u wrote a tip Dec 2023
Leicester, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Watch out for flood warnings as you cannot park at the hotel if the flood barriers are up. Parking is in a public carpark a short walk from "
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Mobile38828858350 wrote a tip Nov 2023
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Worst experience we have ever had , no heating very poor lighting avoid at all costs ."
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clairejvaughan wrote a tip Sept 2023
Tiverton, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid full stop."
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Gosia S wrote a tip Jun 2023
Telford, United Kingdom7 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"avoid if you want quick and efficient service "
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Malthouse
Which popular attractions are close to The Malthouse?
Nearby attractions include The Iron Bridge and Tollhouse (0.1 miles), The Coracle Micropub And Beer Shop (0.2 miles), and Museum of the Gorge (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Malthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Malthouse?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Malthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Malthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include D'arcys at The Station, The Tea Emporium, and White Hart.
Is The Malthouse located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the centre of Ironbridge.
Are there any historical sites close to The Malthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Sunnycroft (4.8 miles), Benthall Hall (1.0 miles), and The Darby Houses (1.0 miles).
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