Vibrant atmosphere in interestingly converted riverside warehouse with tempting all-day food
The good pub guide review
This massive red-brick bulding, built as a munitions warehouse in the late 18th c, was moved to its present site after the First World War. And what a good site it is: overlooking the broad River Severn and the Welsh Bridge, close to the Quarry park and near Shrewsbury's main shopping areas. The interior is pretty impressive with spacious open-plan rooms and long runs of big arched windows at the back with river views. Despite its size, the pub has a personal feel thanks to the judicious layout of furniture, interesting décor and cheerful bustle of customers and staff. A mix of wood tables and chairs are grouped on stripped-wood floors, the high brick walls display floor-to-ceiling books or masses of closely hung old prints, and there's a grand stone fireplace at one end. Colonial-style fans whirr away on the ceilings, which are supported by green-painted columns, and small wall-mounted glass cabinets display smokers' pipes. There's up to seven quickly changing and often local ales on handpump, such as St Austell Brunning & Price Traditional, Hop & Stagger Bridgnorth Porter, Montys Old Jailhouse, and Wye Valley Hop, Skip & Jump, farm cider, 15 wines by the glass, over 60 malt whiskies and a similar number of gins. There are a few seats and tables outside at the front beneath lovely hanging baskets. There's no car park, but plenty of parking places are nearby.
The good pub guide food review
Interesting, relable food includes sandwiches and 'light bites', crispy vegetable parcels with sweet chilli sauce, chicken caesar croquettes, pork and leek sausages with mash and onion gravy, beer-battered cod and chips, grilled sea bass fillets with potato and shallot terrine, braised shoulder of lamb with crushed new potatoes and rosemary gravy, cauliflower, chickpea and squash tagine with lemon and almond couscous, and puddings such as affogato and triple chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce.
Armoury, Victoria Quay, Victoria Avenue, Shrewsbury, SY1 1HH
Pub Group: Brunning & Price
Saturday: 10am-midnight Fri,