The Lion & Pheasant Hotel

50 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire , London,

SquareMeal Review of The Lion & Pheasant Hotel

Dating back to the 16th century and a fixture of Shrewsbury’s historic Wyle Cop, The Lion & Pheasant is now a personally run townhouse hotel with a mix of chic New-England-style interiors, ancient beams and timbers. Food-wise, expect a menu of contemporary brasserie-style dishes along the lines of basil-cured salmon with citrus fruits and shaved fennel, rib-eye steak with anchovy butter and hand-cut chips or roast duck breast with peaches, peas, grilled baby gem, bacon and potato terrine – plus desserts such as lemon posset with blueberry compote and a vanilla fritter. The cooking is backed by a thoughtfully assembled global wine list with a fine selection by the glass and some intriguing bin ends. Meanwhile, cocktails, gins and real ales share the billing in the traditional inglenook bar.

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The wine list at Lion + Pheasant is as modern and stylish as this Shrewsbury town house hotel itself. Wines are split up by style, so it’s easy for customers to navigate and helpful – and whoever designed the layout deserves a medal. There are plenty of safe listings, as you might expect, but some more adventurous bins, too, such as Japanese Koshu and Greek Agiorgitiko. With the vast majority of wines sub-£40, it’s spot-on for its clientele.

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