Search > Dolphin

NOTICE: Due to the recent events regarding COVID-19, please be aware that pub opening hours and meal times may not be accurate. You can use the additional services filter to find pubs offering takeouts/deliveries during this time.


(also known as Dolphin Ale house, formerly Dolphin Inn)

48 St Michaels Street

View on Map

Social Links

Opening Times

Monday2.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Tuesday2.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Wednesday2.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Thursday2.00 pm - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.00 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.00 pm
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

5 - 9 Thu - Sat
12 - 7 Sun



About the Pub

Acquired by Joule's Brewery in November 2012, and reopened in August 2013 after a major renovation. The idea was to create a traditional ale house, and it's clear that the thought and passion that has gone into the project has produced the desired result. They have taken a basic three roomed layout, and with the use of reclaimed material, old photos, clever artwork and the retention of original features, have reproduced an updated but unashamedly old fashioned community local. So for example, we have the original floorboards and tiling, working gas lights, a fireplace, and leather benches. A couple of the beer pumps are quirky too. One is retro 1950's Joule's, the other is the working end of a fire hose. This, and some of the artwork, recognizes that the fire station and the Ditherington Flaxmill are near neighbours. The Flaxmill is famous as the world's first iron-framed building, built in 1797. (It was later used as a Maltings, supplying malt to Ansells up until 1987).

The pub was owned by Trouncers, a local Shrewsbury brewery for a time, and also had a spell as a microbrewery prior to Joules taking over. A Good Beer Guide regular in the 1990s, it's future looked bleak during a prolonged closure, but Joules have re-invigorated the place, successfully developing the sort of character that the owners were aiming for.

The food at The Dolphin is a contrast to the traditional aesthetics of the pub, offering a modern fusion of worldly flavours. The style of dining is more like a "pop up kitchen" rather than restaurant, with an informal and relaxed approach. A third Joules ale is normally on, usually Slumbering Monk but often replaced by the seasonal ale when it is available. New management since April 2017.

Historic Interest

The pub was built in 1820, a result of the expansion in the area caused by the Flaxmill (the former church behind, St Michaels, noted for it's unusual octagonal tower, was built 10 years later).

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Joule's Pale Ale
  • Joule's Pure Blonde

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

The pub's range of changing beers regularly includes the following rare beer styles:

  • Mild
  • Porter

Email this pub to a friend

Dolphin, Shrewsbury


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Shropshire CAMRA cider and perry in July & August participant. (Usually Weston's Old Rosie)

  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Sunday only.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Thusday to early Sunday evening.

  • Garden Pub Garden

    To the rear, the "sun terrace" is proving to be worthy of its name.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Events Events

    Quiz nights.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Sheltered corner on the sun terrace at the back, Vapers accepted inside.

  • WiFi Wifi

View on Larger Map


48 St Michaels Street

Sat Nav Reference

52.71718, -2.74622


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

24 64 511 519 524

Nearby Station (650m)


Submit Pub Feedback to CAMRA

We welcome the help of all users to contribute to this important campaigning project. Please use the form below to submit feedback or updates directly to the CAMRA branch for consideration.

Please note that any changes mentioned WILL NOT have an immediate effect on but will instead be emailed directly to the CAMRA branch Pubs Officer for consideration. If you provide your name and/or email address this information will also be visible to the Pubs Officer, who may use this information to follow up your feedback. IF YOU WISH TO CONTACT THE PUB DIRECT, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS FORM.

Submit Beer Scores

The National Beer Scoring System has been upgraded and is now fully integrated with, making finding a pub and scoring your beers much easier.

Beer scoring is only available to CAMRA members. To start scoring please login below or join CAMRA on the national website.

Join CAMRA | Member Login

Campaign for your local

We campaign on a number of issues to help keep pubs open and pints affordable. If you love beer and pubs, get involved today!

Find out more

The Red (On)Lion
Save your local pub Join CAMRA The Red (On)Lion
Close overlay