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The Armoury, Shrewsbury - pub details


Address: Victoria Avenue, Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1HH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 22488) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Shrewsbury (0.4 miles)

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Helpful barmaid, a large spacious building, smoking area at riverside [if tables are out], 8 ales on [bit pricey], I had Wye Valley 'Wholesome Stout' , very nice pint.
alehippy - 26 Sep 2018 18:33
More expensive than the normal but you do get decent decor, nice looking food and in a rare twist - table service if you are sitting outside in the sunshine.

Nice touch.

I enjoyed my Shropshire Lad.

Some photos at my blog -
Mappiman - 29 Jun 2015 16:52
A Wetherspoon wet dream. Huge barn of a pub but furnished and decorated classily as comprehensively described by Blackthorn. One thing I would add is that, unlike JDW pubs, there is plenty of room between the tables so it's possible to drink and eat without someone breathing down your neck. The beer range is wide and well-kept and the food is excellent. It's not a criticism but I'd rather go there during the day than at night when I prefer more of a drinking than an eating pub, which is what the Armoury seems to me.
Kenny260556 - 2 Jul 2014 20:44
I had a bad feeling about the place when I was walking in and my intuition proved to be correct. Had a half of OBJ by Shires and it was horrid. I walked out without finishing it.

I just thought the place was more of a restaurant rather than a pub. It seemed a little pretentious and aimed for the more up market clientele.

I would not recommend for the drink aspect however, I can't comment on the food side.
realalerules1983 - 22 Sep 2012 17:14
A vast shed of a pub on the attractive Victoria Quay, this is a very popular destination despite the fact that it is located somewhat out of the town centre. It is I suppose in the noisier end of town, with a Lloyds being located just behind it and a Vodka bar also nearby. Despite a decent array of beers on tap, the emphasis here seems to be mainly on food and it was full to capacity on a recent Saturday evening visit with all tables in use by diners except for a couple just inside the door, although there were also a few more along the quay outside which looks as if it would be a pleasant spot in the warmer weather.

Its all one big, open-plan room with the entire left hand wail being taken up with a floor to ceiling bookcase as well as a second extensive bookcase in the opposite corner. The long front wall of the pub is all exposed brickwork with a row of large arched windows. Elsewhere is cream plasterwork and a burgundy ceiling, and wood flooring. Various old pictures and photos were dotted around, there was a pile of board games on a shelf and a glass display case housed a collection of explosives and fuses which makes a change from the usual rope knots, and is, I suppose, appropriate given the pubs name. Dont let any of this infer that it is in some way a cosy pub though with its high ceilings, harsh acoustics and large number of punters it was anything but quiet and relaxed.

The food menu was extensive with around twenty main courses to choose from, most of them priced somewhere in the region of 12.50. The staff all seemed friendly and service was on the whole quick and efficient, but clearly something was amiss somewhere we were initially brought the wrong starter; no big deal, mistakes happen, but when a second waitress brought us the same wrong starter five minutes later we did start to wonder what was going on in the kitchen. Fortunately a third waitress managed to bring the correct dish after that. Whether it was worth the wait is another matter though. A starter of Goats Cheese & Sweet Potato Terrine sounded intriguing, but was nothing more than a slab of goats cheese wrapped in thinly sliced layers of sweet potato, and was served far too cold. Similarly a main course of Smoked Haddock & Salmon Fishcakes were predominantly mashed potato, with very little discernable fish. Side courses were extra, and a bottle of Pino Grigio was disappointing, so all in all I really couldnt recommend the food here, although judging on its popularity Im clearly in a minority.

Beer choice was unusually good for any pub, never mind one that concentrates so much on food and doesnt obviously seem to encourage drinkers. On this occasion they were Woods Shropshire Lad, Shropshire Gold, Three Tuns XXX, Backyard Bitter, Adnams Southwold, Hobsons Twisted Spire, Brunning & Pride Original Bitter and Shires Dabley Gold. After such an extensive range of beers, the cider choice was disappointing with just Aspalls Suffolk.
Blackthorn - 21 Sep 2012 12:03

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