Big hotel with huge range of real ales, good value food and cheery service in sizeable bar; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Housed in an 1830 corn mill, this chic modern hotel has an impressive range of facilities, including an excellent bar offering up to nine real ales on hand pump such as Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Phoenix Double Gold and Weetwoods Best; also, a dozen wines by the glass, a farm cider and 16 malt whiskies. You'll find a real mix of customers in the neatly kept bar which has some exposed brickwork and supporting pillars, slate-effect wallpaper, contemporary purple/grey upholstered seats around marble-topped tables on light wooden flooring, and helpful, friendly staff. A glass-walled dining extension has been added. One comfortable area is reminiscent of a bar on a cruise liner; quiet background music and unobtrusively placed big-screen sports TV. The hotel straddles the Shropshire Union Canal, with a glassed-in bridge connecting the two sections. Bedrooms are comfortable and rather smart. Disabled access.
The good pub guide food review
There are several different menus, including afternoon tea, but the bar food includes sandwiches, whitebait, chicken caesar salad, roasted vegetable and butternut squash lasagne, rack of ribs with coleslaw, steak and mushroom in ale pie, gammon and pineapple, and a fish dish of the day.