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Old Post Office, Shrewsbury

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Stayed here for the weekend in a comfortable room at a very reasonable rate. Staff very friendly, ale on good form and food very good. Would stay here again!
scoobybooze2 - 11 May 2022 13:00
Efficient barman, busy on our saturday night visit, 5 ales on, I had OPO 'Post Craft Ale' [a pleasant pint] & Jennings 'Cumberland' [a well kept ale].
alehippy - 26 Sep 2018 18:29
Empty last Thursday lunchtime. But always a good pint here. So it’s always on my route!
manontrain - 17 Jan 2018 22:27
Spacious pub up a short alleyway over the road from the Wheatsheaf. Two decent smoking areas, 1 to the front & 1 at the side, pleasant barmaid on our first visit and staff were friendly when we went on quiz night. I had a pint of Rev. James ''Gold'' which was o.k. but much preferred the Adnams ''Mosaic'', a well kept nice ale.
alehippy - 18 Sep 2017 18:54
Staff looked a little shocked to see 6 people coming in on a Monday afternoon! Only the one pint was taken here as time was short. The food looked tempting but I think I'd wait until a busier day before eating here.
manontrain - 14 Feb 2017 15:31
Beer range isn't that great but the food was pretty good, home cooked chips and no microwaved food. It's a surprise to see it empty considering some of the other pubs which serve bland food.
Thelittleman - 3 Oct 2016 17:56
This is an attractive old building not immediately visible from the road, but set back up a small alleyway that leads in to a courtyard that doubles up as a beer garden. This extends around the side of the pub offering a choice of several tables. Somewhat surprisingly the building was never a Post Office, instead the name refers to the posting of coach horses, whatever that is, according to a blackboard next to the bar.

Unfortunately the interior has clearly been the subject of a corporate makeover at some point, and now has the kind of bland, mass produced look that afflicts fat to many pubs. Only a couple of old wooden support posts hint at what was probably a much more attractive pub at one time. The pub is all one room, although divided in to a couple of different areas. The rear part is up a couple of steps and seems more geared up for diners, whilst there is a small snug at the front of the pub with a wood strip floor and a couple of leather sofaís, along with a small fire-place, wood burning stove and a plasma. I didnít check the menu, although noticed a few posters advertising a ď2 for £10Ē deal.

Beers on tap were Marstonís Pedigree, Marstonís EPA and Hobgoblin. There was also a pump for a Banks beer, but this appeared to have run out. Ciders were Strongbow and Thatcherís Gold.
Blackthorn - 18 Sep 2012 22:53
Acoustic night last Thursday but a lot quieter and not quite as good an atmosphere as the Wheatsheaf. Beer good, though only a swift half of Banks's.
Wirral_RealAlians - 23 Mar 2010 20:49
Dropped into the Old Post Office again last again last night and enjoyed 3 pints of Marston's Ploughman's Ale which were very good. Still recommend this place for starting or finishing a pub crawl round Shrewsbury.
SilentButDeadly - 17 Oct 2009 10:43
This Is another good pub in Shrewsbury town centre that I frequently visit. I did so last night and there was a band playing 50's rock n' roll inside. Quite good they werere too. I had 1 pint of Jenning's Cocker Hoop and hoped to have another but unfortunately they ran out so had a pint of Banks's instead (this and Mansfield Ale are only permanent ales). A nice place with dining area, beer garden and comfy sofas that offers food and a nice experience. Good pub to either start or end a pub crawl round Shrewsbury.
SilentButDeadly - 26 Sep 2009 10:22
The Old Post Office - or "OPO" as it seems to like being called - is a Grade 2 listed 16th century Tudor building set back in a small courtyard, off Milk Street, virtually opposite The Wheatsheaf.

Like most Shrewsbury pubs seemingly, it has a wooden framed interior. Inside the pub, an information board tells us that the OPO is now the only one left of 5 licensed premises that used to be in Milk Street. We also learn that the pub name bears no connection to the Royal Mail, but instead reflects the fact that the pub used to be a posting house for horse drawn coaches and that overnight stabling was available until the 1900's.

Whilst not being entirely spoilt, the interior has been updated somewhat to try to appeal to the younger drinker a bit more. Hence we have a few sofas, a largish flat-screen TV and music rather louder than seems appropriate for a pub of this age. Regular accoustic music sessions are held and - horror of horrors - karaoke is staged on Sunday night.

There's outside seating in a small shady courtyard.

Three real ales were on - Banks Bitter ( £ 2.15p ) , and Jennings Cocker Hoop and Crag Rat. I didn't see any branding, but I suspect it's a Banks pub.

The Banks Bitter tasted fine, bit I didn't really warm to this pub at all and I'm inclined to give it a miss next time.
JohnBonser - 22 Sep 2009 17:21
Fairly quite for a Saturday night , Ringwood Doopledog was ok , the Marstons Ashes tasted like watered down Pedigree , not a bad pub .
trenchlad - 26 Jul 2009 14:26
Can honestly say I never even noticed this 'Loft' on my visit! It must be some distance from the rooms as I had no problem with noise whatsoever. It's quite a rambling place upstairs which my explain this.
Carlurmston - 12 Jun 2009 17:21
This is a food and music led pub with loads of dining tables towards the rear of the pub. The front part of the pub has comfy seating with leather sofas it also has a big screen TV and a quiz machine. Itís effectively one room but has several distinct areas. There is an adjoining venue called The Loft that has an admission charge at nights. Would you really want B & B at a place thatís got a late night music venue? Itís got lots of old wood inside and a good looking fireplace. There is a cobbled courtyard that stretches round two sides of the pub for a bit of peaceful and sheltered outside drinking. There are three handpumps on the bar, last night they were selling Banksís bitter, Jennings Cumberland and Wychwood Hobgoblin. I had a pint of the Hobgoblin which was pretty good. Itís quite a nice place for one.
ROBCamra - 12 Jun 2009 13:38
Classic timbered building like so many in Shrewsbury. It's fairly open plan inside but has a nice courtyard-style beer garden. On my visit two Jennings beers were available, less than some of its neighbours but Cocker Hoop was in good nick. It also offers reasonably priced B&B in cosy little rooms. Service polite and friendly. Can't ask for much more. Spoilt for choice for pubs in Shrewsbury!
Carlurmston - 27 May 2009 13:15

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