Victoria Quay, Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury
Visited 1st August 2009
I never went to uni in the UK, but occasionally it feels like it did. I had an extensive stint living in the Glasgow Uni Halls of Residence in 2001 and for a lot of 2003 - while teaching in a miserable South Shields school - I took great joy flatting with a group of Newcastle uni students. I was in Shrewsbury for the weekend for a reunion with the girls who I shared with while I 'attended' Newcastle Uni; the first time we'd all been together for six years. It was going to be a big weekend, but things started off rather civilised with lunch at The Armoury; a stylish pub on the banks of River Severn. Located in an 18th Century former armoury building (yep you guessed it) the pub has been well renovated and offers a comfortable light, airy setting. When I visited the pub had attracted a bit of hype as Prince William had been sighted having the odd pint on break from his posting at a nearby military base.
The menu at The Armoury is packed with traditional pub fare, though I'll admit it's very well done pub fare. My friends ordered fish n chips, sardines on toast and welsh rarebit all of which looked delicious, while I eventually decided upon pan-fried salmon atop pea and mussel risotto. The fish was beautifully cooked with a crisp outer and moist centre; while fresh herbs gave the tasty risotto a lovely summer feel. To drink (at this early, early stage of things) it was all about pots of bitter and I enjoyed a couple of local ales that included the very tasty Shropshire Lad.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to The Armoury. Sure special friends made a difference, but excellent food, a lovely riverside setting and great service all contributed to a very memorable lunch. If for some reason you're happen to find yourself in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England head down to the river for a feed at The Armoury; it's well worth it, even if you don't happen to see a Prince.
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