For the recent Lifestyle Festival at the Market Hall in Shrewsbury, we decided to put together a dog-friendly guide to cafes and restaurants in Shrewsbury. We like nothing better than having a mooch around town with the hounds in tow and calling in for lunch or a drink somewhere but we’re not always sure where they can or can’t go and thought that other people might have the same problem.
Shrewsbury is definitely a dog-friendly town. Whether this is because we get visitors from further afield who like to bring their hounds for a day out with them or because we have the beautiful Quarry Park within the town centre or maybe just because we like our dogs here in Shrewsbury, who knows? It’s quite a compact centre, filled with more listed buildings than you can shake a stick at, which makes for very good exploring but it’s also very easy to keep the hounds happy by following the path along the River Severn. Starting by the car park and cricket ground at Frankwell, you quickly escape in to fields whilst remaining just a 10 minute walk from the town centre.
Below is a link to a fabulous 4.5 mile circular walk which takes in all of the above, starting and finishing at The Armoury on Victoria Avenue – a lovely pub where you can relax with a well-earned drink and great food. The Armoury welcomes dogs inside and out (Click for The Armoury website).
Back in the town centre, dogs are welcome in shops such as White Stuff, Joules and Fat Face and most of the cafes and restaurants that provide outdoor seating areas are happy to let you visit with your dog.
In addition to The Armoury, listed below is just a taster of some of the dog-friendly eateries we like to visit with our hounds or that other Shrewsbury folk have suggested. Some are fully dog-friendly in that hounds are ‘pawsitively’ welcomed inside whilst others will only allow you to sit outside with your four-legged friends but have been included because they make for a welcome break on a fine day.
The Pour House – 128 Frankwell – Opposite the Theatre Severn by Frankwell Car Park
- Coffee shop by day, amazing cocktail bar by night. With no outside seating area, The Pour House is truly dog-friendly. The hounds even got their own biscuits on a plate alongside our cake.
Stop Coffee Shop – St Julians Crescent
- There are 3 ‘Stops’ dotted around the town with the one at St Julians Crescent being our favourite. Not fully dog-friendly as dogs aren’t allowed inside but you’re able to sit with them at the outdoor tables and, being so close to The Quarry, it’s a perfect post-walk pit-stop on a nice day.
Ginger & Co – 30-31 Princess St – At the back of the Market Square, opposite House of Fraser
- Dogs are welcome in this independent coffee shop where all the food and cakes are home-made.
As mentioned, this is just a very small taster of some of the dog-friendly places in Shrewsbury and will be continued in our next ramblings. We’re also looking to venture a bit further afield so if you’ve any suggestions on dog-friendly places in Shrewsbury or Shropshire, particularly if they can be combined with a nice walk, then we’d be really interested in hearing about them. Drop us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org