We were in Shrewsbury for a family event and needed somewhere to stop over. We usually seek out the local Travel Lodge or Premier Inn, both good in their own way, but had been strongly recommended to try The Lion, an old coaching inn, full of history and boasting some famous visitors.
What a wonderful establishment! From the minute we parked the car (plenty of free parking space - rare for an old hotel in the centre of town) we found ourselves in a comfortable, and elegant hotel, full of character. The staff were welcoming and extremely helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.
Our room was delightful ....... a suite rather than a room, with two bathrooms, two televisions, one in the bedroom and one in the comfortable lounge area. The large antique bed was extremely comfortable.
We felt so cosseted that we were tempted to order from the delicious sounding room service menu. We did mange to make our way down to the restaurant where we had a superb meal. The comfortable and tasteful atmosphere of the residential area of The Lion Hotel was followed through in the restaurant. Gilt framed oil paintings and prints, brass candlesticks, elegant tableware and subdued lighting all added to the general tasteful ambiance. The food itself was superb. Less than a month ago we ate at a Micheline Starred restaurant in Bruges and the Lion certainly measured up to it in terms of standards of service and cuisine. Most of the food is locally sourced. The menu is imaginative without being over the top and the wine list is extensive and reasonably priced.
All in all, a wonderful experience. The Lion, it appears, is privately owned - a refreshing change from those ubiquitous cheap, but not so cheerful, hotel chains.
We are looking for an excuse to return as soon as we can to Shrewsbury and its charming Lion Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grade 1 Listed 16th Century Coaching Inn & Hotel. The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury by Compass Hospitality we are located in the heart of the beautiful historic town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The Lion Hotel combines stunning 16th Century architecture with every classical comfort. Famous for its warm and friendly hospitality and traditional character, the hotel is perfectly situated to enable guests to enjoy all that this unique area has to offer. Our 59 bedrooms which include standard doubles, twins and singles as well as suites, each have their own unique character and include all the comfort and facilities you would expect. The Hayward Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers a quintessentially British menu with a few subtle twists, using fresh local ingredients. The Oak Bar offers a more informal dining option and is open all day for teas and coffees, homemade cakes, healthy light bites, delicious lunches and exceptional value dining. The hotel has a number of outstanding function rooms including the magnificent domed Adam Ballroom; creating a very special atmosphere for events including Weddings, Christmas Parties, Private Dining and Conferences. Free Wi-Fi is available in the bar and lounge areas of the hotel. ... more less
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