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Shropshire unites Guardian and Telegraph opinion

Now the Guardian has cottoned on to what the Daily Telegraph has been declaring for quite some years. Shropshire is a haven with “rich pickings for visiting gastronome,” writes Abigail Barker.

For those of us lucky to live in the county town we quite literally relish what we have, there are no less than eleven delights listed by the Guardian, all within a short walk of Balfours estate agency in Shrewsbury’s Square.

The Walrus is run by ex Gidleigh Park chef, Ben Hall who highlights the seasons to palate perfection. The Colonel’s Son is where aromatic coffee is roasted in house, then Number Four and CSONS offer fabulous brunch options, while The Bakehouse and Rosie’s Emporium re-awaken taste-buds.

For those unfamiliar with the county town, Shrewsbury’s medley of independent shops is a delight to browse between grazing.

The challenge is to drift through Wyle Blue World to the rear of house “garden bar” without making a purchase. Moroccan meze trays will take your mind off that which caught your eye; but will also give you time to digest the persuasive positives for your purchase. After all it is never too early to start Christmas shopping, is it? A gift may even be a voucher for one of its pop-up events by guest chefs such as grill whiz Adam Purnell.

You could either round off the day with small plates of local cheeses or charcuterie, and natural wines by the glass, at wine bar and shop Glou Glou; or steel yourself further afield for date-night dining to Wild Shropshire in Whitchurch or The Cross Keys at Kinnerley

Don’t take our word for it, savour the whole experience and take inspiration from Shrewsbury’s most famous son, (Charles) Darwin’s Townhouse B&B. Alternatively east of town The Haughmond offers bedrooms, a self-catering barn and a micro-farm shop, not forgetting their fine dining pub all in Upton Magna. This is just one of Shropshire’s numerous charming rural villages. Perhaps they can be The Guardian’s next foray?

The WalrusGlou GlouWild Shropshire,  The Cross Keys, KinnerleyNumber Four,  CSONSThe Colonel’s Son,  Glou GlouWyle Blue WorldMarket HallShropshire SalumiThe BakehouseRosie’s Emporium@pueblo_shrewsburyBattlefield 1403.

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