“ Address: Shelton Corner / Welshpool Road / Shelton / Shrewsbury / Shropshire SY3 8DL 7 / Tel: 01743 271686 „
I have been to the Oxon Priory on several occasions, it is always busy when I go, but even though they are under staffed the Bar and waiting on staff are very helpful, and are very polite. The food is well priced for what you get, a mixed grill will cost you a best part of £10 and it's very filling. There's a good selection on beer there too, although no cask ales on, and the excuse it doesn't sell because of the position it is on the bar is used 3-4 times a night. a number of people do complain and send food back, because it's cooked wrong, or they ordered something else, but in my experience it's the person who ordered the foods fault for it being wrong because of them not being clear with there order. Finally i believe all this is achieve through the management of Penny Davies and with the help of Bev Rodgers.
The oxon priory formanly known as The hungry Horse is in Shrewsbury about 3 miles away from the hospital. It is the home of the 16 inch plate!!!! We have come here on many occasions and have also had our Christmas lunch here. We recently ate here and although we've eaten here before and absolutely loved the place and highly recommended it on this occasion the same cannot be said very unfortunately although I do believe that it has just come under new management. It whole resturant has just been renovated to a high standard and looks very modern while keeping it original charm,there are a lot of tables and sometimes you feel like your eating on top of another family/couple but overall there are tables to suit all, there is a area by the bar with sofa's etc which I imagine are for people not eating in. The menu is quite extensive and serves a wide range of foods although I don't see many vegetarian meals on there,they also have decicated food nights such as curry nights etc but we have never had these so can only comment on the overall. I have always found the prices fair and great for what you get my usual order is the sirloin steak meal which set's me back about £9 which is great,it cost myself £30 to feed 4 incl starters,mains and puds!! The childrens menu is great and comes in a range of size's aswell they can pick their own veg and the drink is included.Overall the kids menu is very good value at £3.99 for a large kids meal and pud!! On our recent visit we were expecting the same high quality and service that we have always had but sadly not the bad experience started nearly as soon as we entered! We found a table easily considering it was around 7 at night and quickly decided to look at the menu and order asap, so taking the table number I went off to order while trying to pay they decided the machines weren't working and I ended up trying to place my order three times (no fault to the Oxon as systems always fail) anyway finally sorting that I returned to the table and waited....and waited. After half an hour our starter came out only for us to discover that half of it was missing,failing epically to actually tell someone about this problem as no one would stop to listen we gave up and decided to eat it anyway, as the main courses were being delivered I made a point of bringing up the starter issues which in return I was blanked. The whole eating experience we found to be quite poor because even though the food was lovely the staff were very rude and unhelpful although this could be a one off problem due to the time of day etc. I will visit again as we as a family do love this restaurant im just hoping it's better next time. I did contact the manager but as of yet have still not received a reply.
Ive read some mixed reviews of this place , on other forums, and was a bit dubious about giving it a go. Shrewsbury is well blessed with eateries and you really do not need to take a risk unless you really have to. To put you out of your misery I can confirm that the Oxon Priory is A - OK and a decent spot for family meal or a quick snack at very reasonable prices. The pub is situated on the Welshpool Road out of the town, about a mile from the town centre. Apparently it used to be a Priory many years ago ,hence the name, although there is very little evidence of that in today's pub. It has been established for many years as a pub restaurant and in living memory was a Beefeater. It now does service for the Greene King chain as a Hungry Horse outlet. Visiting on a wintry evening the interior was bright warm and well lit. The pub has several rooms all well kitted ,clean and comfortable. The night we visited it was doing a brisk trade and there were several works parties going on in the noisier parts of the pub. Service is the usual order at the bar routine, this can sometimes be a pain , and we were lucky to not have to wait for too long. Food ordered and drinks served we took our seats and observed the usual rituals of pub eating. I.E. Seeing what everyone else is eating. I must say that the portions I observed were on the generous side and that goes a long way with myself. I am quite happy to cede some quality in exchange for quantity and the HH chain is well placed to satisfy this requirement. Garlic bread starter was functional and reasonably generous in size. Our food took a little longer to arrive than I would have expected and the young girl could have secured her tip by offering to get us some more beer but this opportunity was passed up. I know that in these places you have to get your own drinks but the queue was building at the bar and I could not be bothered. I had a Bad Boy Burger which came with chips some bacon, tomato and the usual salad type accompaniments .It was excellent and more than large enough to satisfy my needs. One gripe , the BBQ sauce portions are always on the small side in these places. My companion had the same as myself and declared himself well satisfied with his meal. The menu is very competitively priced and seems to be aimed at the Wetherspoons market. Special offers included 2 meals for £8 and a Curries from £5.99 offer. The most expensive menu item was the 20oz Megasaurus stake which came in at £11.99. So far so good. On the downside, the choice of beers is very limited. In fact a straight choice between Belhaven, which was very good, and John Smiths. There is supposed to be an IPA option but I couldn't see it anywhere. Contrast this with the wide range of Lagers that were available. When will breweries learn to offer a greater variety of proper beer to older diners. I would suggest a couple of bitters, a mild, a brown and an IPA would be the least that could be offered. The pub is family friendly but thankfully offers an area where the little brats are not allowed. We didn't bother with the desserts and given the size of the entrees I doubt if they sell many puddings at all. Our plates were cleared away in good order and I always see that as a sign of a well run establishment. I was impressed with the Oxon Priory. The staff were friendly and there was a relaxing hum about the place. The toilets were spotless and we ate reasonably well for just under £20 for the two of us. I would definitely visit this place again.