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The Armoury

Who are they

Part of the Brunning and Price group, The Armoury is a modern pub restaurant offering ale and food on Victoria Quay, by the River Severn in Shrewsbury. The building was originally located elsewhere in town, and perhaps not surprisingly, housed the town's armoury. Moved brick by brick to its current location, the place now houses local food and drink rather than munitions. It has always had a bit of a reputation as being the haunt of ladies who lunch and the wealthier folk of town, but that's not really fair if the occasions we have visited are anything to go by. We have enjoyed lunch here a number of times and there has always been a good mix of families, couples and groups of friends of various ages.

What do they offer

They keep the menu up to date on the website so follow the link above for the latest offerings, but if they are serving the steak and ale pie when you visit, then I can heartily recommend it. Overall, the menu is perhaps best described as British. Pies, steaks, potatoes, sausages, racks of lamb, and of course Ploughmans. And make sure you leave some room for the amazing puddings menu. They do have some good local Shropshire ales too, as any good Shrewsbury pub should have.

Why do we like them

As one of our reviews mentions below, the interior has a nice warm and cosy feel to it. The back wall, to the sides of the bar, is a huge book case and while I have never tried, I understand you can read them if you wish. It is the kind of place where you could spend a very enjoyable morning with a newspaper, a couple of drinks and a snack. Wooden floors and beautiful chairs and tables make you feel as though you are in the drawing room of a country pile. We have always found the service to be excellent and friendly. And it is certainly a fine place to sit by the river when they bring out the tables and chairs during the warmer months of the year. Victoria Quay is a great place to have a restaurant, and The Armoury is taking advantage.

Who are they

Part of the Brunning and Price group, The Armoury is a modern pub restaurant offering ale and food on Victoria Quay, by the River Severn in Shrewsbury. The building was originally located elsewhere in town, and perhaps not surprisingly, housed the town's armoury. Moved brick by brick to its current location, the place now houses local food and drink rather than munitions. It has always had a bit of a reputation as being the haunt of ladies who lunch and the wealthier folk of town, but that's not really fair if the occasions we have visited are anything to go by. We have enjoyed lunch here a number of times and there has always been a good mix of families, couples and groups of friends of various ages.

What do they offer

They keep the menu up to date on the website so follow the link above for the latest offerings, but if they are serving the steak and ale pie when you visit, then I can heartily recommend it. Overall, the menu is perhaps best described as British. Pies, steaks, potatoes, sausages, racks of lamb, and of course Ploughmans. And make sure you leave some room for the amazing puddings menu. They do have some good local Shropshire ales too, as any good Shrewsbury pub should have.

Why do we like them

As one of our reviews mentions below, the interior has a nice warm and cosy feel to it. The back wall, to the sides of the bar, is a huge book case and while I have never tried, I understand you can read them if you wish. It is the kind of place where you could spend a very enjoyable morning with a newspaper, a couple of drinks and a snack. Wooden floors and beautiful chairs and tables make you feel as though you are in the drawing room of a country pile. We have always found the service to be excellent and friendly. And it is certainly a fine place to sit by the river when they bring out the tables and chairs during the warmer months of the year. Victoria Quay is a great place to have a restaurant, and The Armoury is taking advantage.

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avatar Laura's review
Having eaten at The Armoury for many, many years on and off I thought it was high time I took my partner there to eat to make up for the awful Valentines meal the night before at Traitors Gate Brasserie.
I had the Pan fried Venison steak, dauphinoise potatoes and sweet red cabbage £16.95 which was delicious - no comments other than I would easily have this again and totally enjoyed it. My partner had the Steak burger with bacon, cheese, sun blushed tomato ketchup and hand cut chips £10.25 - I stole some of his chips I will admit to that as they could win awards for Worlds Best Chips. He thought the burger was delicious and would have it again.
We couldn't help ourselves and had puddings too. I had the Warm chocolate brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce £5.10 which was more of an experience than just a pudding - it was heaven on a plate. I WILL be having this again I just hope I return in time before they change the menu - as they are good like that and keep their menu fresh and update it regularly. My partner had the Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and ice cream £5.25 which he finishes rather quickly so I think it was just as good as my Brownie.
The Armoury never fails me - great atmosphere, rustic charm of mismatching chairs and tables, book lined walls, it was also really busy - not a table unfilled on a Monday lunchtime, which says a lot. They offer a wide selection of real ales, ciders, wines and spirits. My partner loves this Crabbies Ginger Ale which they stock and I had Thatchers Gold cider which was very easy to drink.
All in all 5 out of 5 and we will be back soon.



avatar Julian's review
This riverside pub/bar/restaurant is a great place for a weekend lunch or midweek dinner, although it can get busy with drinkers on weekend evenings, and attracts diners of all ages. The building is actually an old armoury but has had many uses including a hospital and bakery and interestingly was moved to its current position from its original site in Armoury Gardens (see their website below for some fantastic photographs of the building being moved). The room, although large, has a cosy feel due to the eclectic selection of chairs and tables and the book lined walls. (They are real books, I once took one out to check!). When you enter, turn left for the best tables for diners and, if you can, book ahead and reserve one.

You will need to go to the bar to order but apart from that the service is good and you aren't kept waiting long for your food. The menu covers such old favourites as bangers and mash with delicious Shropshire sausages, good fishcakes, a vegetarian moussaka with just the right amount of spice and a selection of sandwiches at lunchtime. The food is always well cooked, although perhaps slightly on the pricey side for Shrewsbury for what is really an upmarket pub. An added bonus is the large range of beer and wine to choose from to accompany your meal.



avatar dinoprincesschar's review
Arriving at 5.30ish we had plenty of choice for a table, and the staff were very attentive. Food was great, between us we had a prawn sandwich which looked great, the butternut squash quiche, and the goats cheese and artichoke option, which was presented fantastically and was a super combination of flavours!! The food is great for the money, compared to other local places where you'd pay the same price but the meal is a let down. Definitely recommended, the atmosphere is great at the Armoury every night of the week by about 7pm when it's getting busier.



avatar Visitor's review
The Armoury is large airy pub-restaurant in an historic building fronting the River Severn in Shrewsbury. The service is good and friendly and the food is reasonably-priced and good quality. My infrequent visits are usually for lunch and, last week, three of use tried prawn and mango salad and the tradional haddock, chips and peas. All were delicious and the quantity of fish and chips defeated us.

A well-stocked bar with locally-brewed ales complements the table fare very well.



avatar Visitor's review
The food is often fairly well-prepared, but it can be touch and go.

It's a great location, and the pub itself has a very warm, cosy atmosphere, and the bar serves all sorts of ales and spirits, some are sourced locally (real ales etc) but they do also sell some of the usual pub stock- Carling and so on.

The staff can be quite rude however, as if they'd rather be somewhere else.



avatar Elizabeth's review
Every time I visit Shrewsbury (which is often) I nearly always end up eating at The Armoury as both the food and service are excllent. The atmosphere is really relaxed and it is an ideal place to pop in for a glass of wine when other places have closed due to the quaint Shrewsbury opening hours. They serve the best Sauvignon Blanc anywhere in the area.



avatar Visitor's review
The Armoury never disappoints. Good pub grub, great ale and friendly staff. May seem pricey but the portions are good and the quality is great. I love the fact that it's not pretentious, it's just traditional food.



avatar Jane's review
AMAZING! the best place to eat out in Shrewsbury. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and the food is delicious... would eat there everyday if I could!



avatar Visitor's review
I love the Armoury, the food is always excellent and serviced fairly quickly. Great place for a relaxing lunch.



avatar Jo's review
Great Service & Great Food!


Most recent review:

The Armoury Reviewed by Visitor on . The food is often fairly well-prepared, but it can be touch and go.

It's a great location, and the pub itself has a very warm, cosy atmosphere, and the bar serves all sorts of ales and spirits, some are sourced locally (real ales etc) but they do also sell some of the usual pub stock- Carling and so on.

The staff can be quite rude however, as if they'd rather be somewhere else.
Rating: 5


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