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The Dolphin Inn, Shrewsbury - pub details

Address: 48, St.Michaels St, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2EZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 20345) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Shrewsbury (0.4 miles)

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The Dolphin was the first stop in Shrewsbury yesterday. It's a Joules pub on the edge of town that has a nice feel to it, with a couple of rooms and bare floorboards. Joules beers - No. 37, Slumbering Monk & Pale Ale are supplemented Bespoke Over A Barrel & Pennine Hair Of The Dog. Cider was Old Rosie. Nice pub.

blue_scrumpy - 18 Apr 2016 19:23
Visited yesterday after not doing so for a number of weeks a long as I was aware that it was the Christmas Carols afternoon and I knew from one or two people that it has been a cracking event in the past couple of years and yesterday was no exception. What a great atmosphere, turnout and a fantastic laugh. The whole pub joined in the singing and the 2 renditions of the 12 Days of Christmas were a joy to behold and take part in. The singing was underpinned by a 4 piece brass band which was superb and really enhanced the festive feel. Many customers were sporting their Christmas jumpers, one lad in particular I was told takes it very seriously having won in the past 2 years. There was mulled wine as well as the usual fine beers etc. I expected to see the landlord for this special event but as usual he did not appear and over-hearing a couple of customer conversations it is evident that he has not set foot in the place for 12 months - absolutely disgraceful. A person whose name appears above the door should make every effort to be there on, at least, a regular basis if he can't be there all the time. He doesn't deserve the staff he has working there as he obviously has no time for them and I doubt appreciates the sterling job they do running the place in his absence, especially the blonde barlady who was a brilliant Master of Ceremonies yesterday. I hope to be able to get there more regularly in 2016.
saloptippler - 21 Dec 2015 13:15
I have visited on several occasions over past months, I still await my first viewing of the landlord who, I was told, is virtually never there regarding which I have added some comments below. Pub has been very well refurbished and bears the Joule's Brewery name. 2 separate rooms inside, very well appointed and comfortable, the bar area having an open fire and the other room a log burner. Terrace area outside with covered smoking section and several 'picnic bench' type seats. Locals are very happy to engage with you if you are not a regular. 3 Joule's beers on hand pulls along with 2 guests, Old Rosie cider and the usual array of keg offerings. On my most recent visit I sampled the 2 guests, Thornbridge's Kipling and Oakham's Scarlet Macaw. Both palatable but neither left me wanting another. Not sure what it was but just not quite right. There is a menu board but it jut said 'New winter menu coming, old menu food still available' (or wording to that effect). If you don't know what the 'old menu' food was you have to ask. Why can't they just sort out and publish the winter menu, surely only a matter of deciding what they are to put on, ensure they can source the ingredients and prepare the food and swap over from the summer menu to the winter one 'overnight'? However, On seeing the food that was ordered being brought to the table it did look really appetising and seemed to offer very good value for money. Referring again to the landlords infrequent visits. I think on the occasions I have been there I have been served by all of the staff members who for the most part are friendly and welcoming with the exception of the Scottish barman who I have witnessed being brusque and on 1 occasion downright unfriendly, bordering on insulting with a customer. He certainly needs to understand that he is in a service industry where his attitude to he customer is paramount. Perhaps the fact that he was drinking behind the bar affects his behaviour in this context? Perhaps if the landlord spent more time there the negatives I refer to above would be addressed. So all in all a good pub that I would recommend to anyone who has not been before despite the issues that need to be resolved which, once done, would I'm sure' push up it's average mark on this website.
salopsupper - 14 Oct 2014 11:39
The Dolphin Pub has been renovated and reopened by the Joules Brewery. Visually, it’s very attractive, with plenty of wood and brass on show, leather seats, and a decked outdoor area for smokers (overlooking the railway). The bar is central as you enter, with a U-shaped seating area spreading either side of it. There’s a dart board to the left extreme.

But there is a problem: Beer. We worked our way through all the Joules hand pumps without finding anything we remotely liked. ‘Bland and insipid’ sprung to mind, being hard to differentiate them much. Turning to the two guest pumps, ‘Bass’ and Muirhouse ‘Tick Tock’, both failed to score any better. Wall displayed pump clips from many great breweries including Thornbridge and Oakhams left a tantalising glimpse of what had been before. We noticed another visitor leave half of his only pint unfinished as he went.

We liked the physical appearance of The Dolphin, much good work has been done here, though I’d drop the dartboard as no-one dared sit in the nearby seats despite being quite busy. We really wanted to stay longer, and had been given high expectations from locals’ reports, but they were dashed. It reminded us of our impression of the Bricklayers Arms a few years ago, Joules having likewise delivered a lovely interior but mediocre beer.

If the Dolphin could keep at least one reliable guest beer on, it would be worth the trip to visit. But with the in-house brews so dull, it’ll be a while before we risk it again.

Roy22 - 5 Oct 2014 18:53
Since my review in August 2013 I regret to say that some minor negative aspects have surfaced but to keep things in context I still feel it is a great pub. Crusty rolls are offered for sale but in fact they are usually soft white baps, why not simply describe them as such? Frequently have run out of bar snacks crisps etc. sometimes one of the hand pumps is not utilised as the next beer is not ready. Steve, the landlord, is seldom there though the staff who are do a sterling job. So all in all some simple matters that, by and large, should be simple to correct to bring standards back to where they where when it re-opened. Still definitely worth a visit.
k100rsblack - 9 Jun 2014 09:43

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