Our last ramblings covered just a few of the fab eateries you can take your hounds to in Shrewsbury. But there are so many that, like any good serial, we left you on a cliff-hanger. So here’s Part 2!
As mentioned last time, some of the places are truly dog-friendly meaning dogs are actively welcomed inside. Others are more ‘fair-weather’ stops where you can sit outside and enjoy a drink or bite to eat with your hound but they’re not necessarily allowed inside.
Independent shops, cafes and restaurants are one of the things that we love the most about Shrewsbury. Wyle Cop, apparently, is the longest street of independent shops in the country. As a small business ourselves, we love to support other small businesses, so as a result, we’ve only featured either independent or small chain places.
The Shed Coffee Shop and Antiques – 7 Abbey Foregate – just over the other side of English Bridge
Self-proclaimed as Shrewsbury’s smallest coffee and antiques shop, The Shed prides itself on its artisan coffee and tea as well as locally-made cakes and pastries. Having recently started welcoming dogs inside, you can also take the opportunity to browse their antiques and salvage items. (The Shed Coffee Shop and Antiques)
Cromwells Wine Bar – 11 Dogpole
This lovely bar and brasserie is truly dog-friendly. The real hidden gem here is the beautiful courtyard garden at the back with plenty of water for the hounds and nice shady spots for them on hot days. Dogs are welcomed inside as well and the hounds were made a suitable fuss of by the staff during our visit. They didn’t even seem to mind the slobber or maybe they were just being polite! (Cromwells Wine Bar)
Shrewsbury Coffee House – 5 Castle Gates – just up the hill from the railway station
Renowned for the quality of its coffee, dogs are welcomed inside at the Shrewsbury Coffee House. With a simple but super tasty menu of sandwiches and cakes, you could lose hours just watching the world go by or reading the papers in this great independent coffee shop. They also host regular music nights. (Shrewsbury Coffee House)
Lily’s Riverside Tea Garden – Severn Terrace, Smithfield Road – Opposite the bus station
What could be better on a fine day than sitting by the side of the river in a beautiful garden with the hounds by your side? Hidden behind an unassuming door from the main road opposite the bus station lies this quirky tea garden, serving light lunches and afternoon teas. The food is home-cooked and they’re also licensed if you fancy something a bit stronger than tea. (Lily’s Riverside Tea Garden)
Other notable mentions are The Loopy Shrew and Morgans both opposite The Market Hall as well as CSons on Milk St. So whether you’re out for a walk and just fancy a coffee and cake or you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, there’s certainly no shortage of places in town that will welcome you and your hounds.
I always think that one of the best things about having a dog is setting out on a Sunday for a walk and combining it with a trip to a good pub or café. In our next set of ramblings, we’ll be sharing where we like to do just that.