This former coaching inn is now best described as a cross between a gastro-pub, restaurant and hotel. In their own words its an amazing interconnecting warren of lavishly-decorated bars and dining rooms.
On the food front, you can opt for the brasserie option which offers the likes of Chicken Liver Paté with Chutney and Brioche Toast; Sausages and Mash with Onion Gravy (the sausages home-made) and Black Bean and Broccoli Spiced Tortilla to be taken in the bar.
Or for something more formal, starters such as Tea-Smoked Duck Breast with a Warm Pancake of Confit Duck Salad with Sesame, Orange and Ginger Dressing or Griddled Scallops with Sweet Pepper Coulis, Bacon and Jerusalem Artichoke Sandwich and Caesar Salad.
Perhaps to be followed by Roast Rack of Shropshire Lamb with Hummus and a Lemon Scented Jus or Roast Butternut Squash with a Mushroom and Chestnut Filo
Brasserie meals can be served in the main restaurant during quieter periods but theres a supplement for this.
Either way, maybe finish with the likes of Raspberry Brulée or Apple, Walnut and Sultana Crumble with Home-Made Vanilla Custard.
The kitchen garden provides some of the vegetables and most of the herbs used and the setting makes fine weather dining a pleasant experience.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-13.15; mains from about £11 (brasserie) to £23; set L Mon-Sat £11.95 (2 courses), set L Sun £16.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week; 18.00-21.45; mainsabout £11 (brasserie) to £23; set D Mon-Fri before 19.00 £12.95 (2 courses), set D Sun £12.95 (2 courses)
- Seats: 60, plus outside eating.
- Wine: a well-thought-out list has something for everyone, including about a dozen choices by the glass. Modest mark-ups.
- Children's portions: Yes
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Shifnal Rail
- Directions: In Norton village, midway between Telford and Bridgnorth on the A442. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check for Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available