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Family pub on the outskirts of Salop.
Oxon Priory (Shrewsbury)
Member Name: fwsoames
Oxon Priory (Shrewsbury)
Advantages: High quality and v cheap.
Disadvantages: Range of Ales is limited
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.
Summary: A good spot for a cheap night out.