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Shakespeare Inn, Telford

High Street
Postal town: Telford
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Will Larter left this review about Shakespeare Inn

Although I've stayed in Coalport several times in recent years, at the hostel in the John Rose factory building just along the road, I haven't been to the Shakespeare for nearly a decade as I prefer the Boat just across the river in Jackfield. However, on this occasion I found the latter having no real ale on - a temporary situation with a barrel that hadn't settled - so thought I might as well give this one a try. A decision I soon regretted. It's not just that it's food oriented. It's not just the loud background music and the fact that there was only me and one other customer. It's not just the sign reminding customers to keep their shirts on. It's not even the uninspiring beer choice (Ludlow Blonde, Three Tuns Rantipole and Sharps Sea Fury). I guess I was annoyed with myself for buying a pint rather than a half of Rantipole, an "ultra light bitter" according to the pump clip) when I didn't know whether or not I liked it, and then had to drink it.

The pub has two entrances, one through the small beer garden on the left, the other from the car park on the right. Both bring you eventually into the central area where the bar is situated. As the previous reviewer has noted, this is not the sort of place that caters for casual drinkers around the bar, but as any diners had long since left the building I was able to occupy a table quite comfortably. If there had been a beer more to my taste I would probably have stayed for a second pint and then called it a day. As it was, I decided to walk to the Woodbridge.

Date of visit: 17th October 2019

On 2nd December 2019 - rating: 5
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Soup Dragon left this review about Shakespeare Inn

A large detached GBG pub and restuarant that also offers accommodation. It has a walled patio area at the front and a large beer garden at the back with children's play area. The building has a double gabled frontage with several extensions (ending in a fromer stable area) that step down in height as you go along, with a modern side conservatory on the other side. It looks like a Georgian coaching inn. It is in a creamish render with toffee coloured paintwork and has several nice sash windows.

The interior has the serving bar facing you on entry and this is the main room. The conservatory area is to the right and the pub extends through the various building on the left. The decor is a mix of exposed brick, coffee and pine wood on the walls, with mainly a tile flooring and with a part wood and part white ceiling. It is all technically open plan. There are a few little brick fireplaces dotted around and various eclectic prints and photos on the walls. I struugled to find what i classed as a bar area, it all had a food feeling, with candles on tables etc. I didn't eat, so can't comment on the food but the menu was not the 'frozen stuff' offered by the pub chains and the prices of course reflect that. I didn't see a TV on my visit and the music was general and soft. The service was fine and the clientele were all dining that i saw.

Beer; usual tap stuff with Hobson's Twisted Spire, Everard's Tiger and a slightly cold Ludlow Gold on handpull.

The building is great from the outside, but I found the interior a little too foody for my personal liking. The beer choice is fine, although i felt mine was a little cold. I would definitely return, but preferably to eat with Mrs Soup rather than just for a drink.

On 24th March 2012 - no rating submitted
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Graham Coombs left this review about Shakespeare Inn

Watch opening hours - doesn't open weekday lunchtimes.

On 5th September 2010 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
Telford Central, 4.9 miles, 1 hr 34 min walk (show)
Oakengates, 5.8 miles, 1 hr 52 min walk (show)
Shifnal, 6.03 miles, 1 hr 56 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Shakespeare Inn, Coalport
2nd Dec 2019, 13:42
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
2nd Dec 2019, 13:41
Review submitted by Will Larter

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 12 November 2017 by Will Larter
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 August 2013 by Oggwyn Great
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