We all know I’m a big fan of spending time in Bishop’s Castle and when there are so many great places to eat it makes it even more appealing! We have gradually eaten our way around the town in the time we’ve spent there over the past few years!
Here are our favourite spots…
I just love this place; on our last stay, we made three visits there! Sunday lunch there has to be my favourite and it’s become a bit of a thing that we have to book for lunch on the first Sunday we are back in Bishop’s Castle. I was blown away the first time we ate there as it’s so far from pub food; it’s really high quality, proper restaurant food. The staff are always incredible and they even remember us when we visit despite there being a year in between! The building itself is from 1719, and it’s built from the remains of the castle that stood there before, so it’s steeped in history for those nerds like me!
Market Square, Bishops Castle, SY9 5BN
We always pop by here for a pint and end up staying for the flowing conversations and roaring fire! We’ve eaten there once or twice and it’s a good hearty, British meal. The building itself dates back to 1597 when it was a coaching inn and it was first licensed in 1642 making it Bishop’s Castle oldest licensed premise. They offer plenty of local beers and with the Ludlow Gold being a firm favourite of ours.
Church Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5AE
This famous and historic pub and brewery in Shropshire has been the ‘beating heart’ of Bishop’s Castle since 1642. it serves a wondrous array of real ales from the adjoining brewery (XXX, 1642, Clerics Cure, Stout, Solstice, plus seasonal offerings.) It is unique in these days of supercooled lagers, in that 70% of all beer sales are real ales. Food is a serious part of the business but in relaxed surroundings with a modern menu using locally sourced ingredients from many award-winning suppliers.
Salop Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5BW
Along the High Street, opposite the town hall, there’s a bright orange and blue pub. It’s always one that has intrigued us, but as it opens at 4pm we were usually heading back to Bishop’s Castle Barn where we stay which is about a mile and a halves walk away, but on our last trip there we noticed a sign outside that said ‘Caribbean Food Shack’ and another ‘Live Music Thursday’ so it doesn’t take much to work out where we ended up on the Thursday night.
The pub itself is the alternative pub of the town playing an eclectic playlist but the best bit is hidden out back. Venture out into the garden there’s a most wonderful food shack that cooks authentic Caribbean food for great value. We’d highly recommend the curried goat and jerk chicken as they were both so good; I was actually sad when my meal came to end!
The Crown & Anchor Vaults, 32 High St, Bishops Castle, SY9 5BQ
Thyme Cafe is the perfect place for lunch in town. Every time we’ve visited the menu has been totally different as it’s completely homemade. The first visit we had lovely pies with homemade chips and beans which totally filled the void. Our most recent visit brought us a perfectly cooked jacket potato and a ham hock bake that Mike couldn’t get enough of! The service is always top notch and it’s all served in a tea room that dreams are made of!
45 Church Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5AD