Loggerheads, Shrewsbury

1 Church Street
Shrewsbury
SY1 1UG
Shropshire
01743 362398

Traditional Town Pub, 3* Heritage Pub

The Loggerheads is a Grade II listed 18th century pub right in the centre of town (photo 1). It’s a friendly, basic boozer with four rooms which still looks much like it did fifty years ago.

The pub sells three beers from the Marstons range including Pedigree, plus two guest ales, and the pub is a regular in the annual Good Beer Guide published by Camra. Food is limited to bread rolls, including cheese and onion cobs (some distance from their spiritual home in the Black Country). Unusually for an unspoilt pub like this, real coffee is served.

The pub has the feel of a corner local in the town centre, especially in the Bar Parlour, though it’s also a destination for pub and beer geeks, and the occasional tourist. Live music is big at the Loggerheads with regular folk, acoustic and songwriter sessions.

From the entrance corridor the first room on the right is the smallish Bar Parlour (photo 5), which houses the bar counter (the other rooms are served by hatches). Further along the corridor on the left is the Smoke Room which before the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act was the ‘Gents Only’ room. The sign is still there, albeit with the added words ‘until 1975’ to keep it within the law (photo 2). The room has a quarry tiled floor, a wood panelled wall, a large fireplace and a high backed settle which also forms the screen dividing the room from the corridor (photo 3). Both the Smoke Room and the Bar Parlour have old etched windows proclaiming their name (photo 4).

At the end of the corridor is a small snug called ‘Poet’s Corner’ with space for only a few people. A sharp right turn takes you to the Lounge, which despite the name is fairly basic with a parquet floor and bench seating (photo 6).

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