“ Address: Stiperstones / Snailbeach / Shropshire SY5 0LZ / Telephone: 01743 791 327 „
The Stiperstones Inn is a quaint pub situated in the Stiperstones village, nestled in the Shropshire hills. It provides accommodation as well as food & drink.
I have only ever been in the pub at weekends, but whatever the time it always seems to be busy. However, it won't be long before you're served as the staff are very efficient. I would also recommend phoning beforehand to book a table if you wish to eat (at a weekend, anyway). Although, I have popped in and ordered bar food without a problem.
The pub has 2 bars and 2 dining rooms. The 1st dining room is more of a snug and will comfortably sit 16 people. We were seated in there on Friday and there were 4 tables. The 2nd dining room can fit 24 people.
We (3 of us) booked a table for last Friday (a week in advanced) at 7pm. We arrived just after 6.30pm and our table was ready in the 1st dining room. They were expecting a party of 15 at 8pm in the 2nd dining room (although that didn't affect us). We ordered our drinks at the bar and the barman (although I think he's the manager/owner) set up a tab for us as he knew we would be eating. We were handed menus (printed trifold leaflets, handy as we could take them home with us as I did for a colleague) and we moved into the dining room to sit down.
We ordered our food and didn't have to wait long for it to arrive.
For a starter I ordered Breaded Brie Wedges with Port & Cranberry Sauce (delicious!). Other starters included:
- Duck au Porto Paté & Toast
- Garlic Mushrooms
- Prawn Cocktail
- Chicken Goujons
For a main meal I ordered Breaded Plaice with chips and salad. The plaice was huge (but I just about managed to finish it) and I had plenty of chips. The menu does state to ask if you want a bigger portion (at no extra cost) or a smaller portion. Other main meals included:
- Breaded Haddock
- Salmon & Dill Fishcakes
- Steak & Ale Pie
- Aberdeen Angus Lasagne
- Brie & Red Currant Tart
- Broccoli, Potato & Cream Cheese Bake
- Half Chicken
- T-Bone Steak
- 8oz Fillet Steak
- Gammon Steak
Plus more, including salads, sandwiches (hot & cold) and baked potatos! There is certainly plenty on the menu. You also have a choice of chips, curly fries, potatoes, rice and salad to go with your main meal.
I didn't want a dessert, but the menu included:
- Whinberry Crumble (the whinberries are picked from the local hills)
- Grand Marnier Meringue Gateaux
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Apple & Raspberry Crumble
The menu also states which meals are vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free etc... which is very useful.
The prices are very reasonable and the service is great. They are very accommodating and very friendly. I can't fault a thing.
I haven't tried the accommodation (as I live nearby), but the prices range between £20 - £40 and well behaved pets (and children!) are welcomed.
There is also a shop next door to The Stiperstones Inn, which seems to sell everything and anything (unusual for a village shop!).
Offers beer garden, dining room, conference facilities and rooms to let.