Admiral Benbow, Shrewsbury

24 Swan Hill
01743 244423

Traditional Town Pub

The Admiral Benbow is a traditional, old fashioned town pub. No food, no children, no social media page but a great selection of good ales and ciders. It’s a brick built building in an old terrace on a hill just off the town centre (photo 1). Its opened out inside with a modern bar counter and panelling, though a few traditional touches remain (photos 2 & 3).

Watch the opening hours though. At the time of writing it’s closed Sunday to Tuesday and only open evenings on other weekdays. Even Saturday opening isn’t until 2.00pm.

Admiral Benbow was a commander in the Royal Navy in the 17th century who successfully fought many battles against the French. A dispute with his captains toward the end of his career enhanced his fame and led to him entering popular culture. A good number of pubs are named after him, including one in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. And his connection with Shrewsbury? He was born here in 1653.

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