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Lion & Pheasant

49-50 Wyle Cop

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Opening Times

Monday10.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday10.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday10.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday10.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday10.00 am - Midnight
Saturday10.00 am - Midnight
Sunday10.00 am - 11.00 pm



About the Pub

The hotel was once extensively used by carriers who made it their Shrewsbury terminus. In 1961 it closed and did not reopen until 1984 after a great deal of renovation. After being substantially remodelled and re-furnished at the end of 2010, it is now a smart "boutique" hotel with 22 rooms, rated AA 3 star.

The Wyle Cop bar area has a cafe-style atmosphere, and almost a Scandinavian feel, with its oak floors, slatted benches and loose upholstery. There is an ownership overlap with the Boathouse further upriver, so visitors from that part of town will probably recognise the decor & style. The nearby Inglenook bar has a flagstone floor and a large open fire, and upstairs is the Star Bar, next to the private dining room and conference area. In keeping with this "feel", there is no chintz and no clutter. There is a terrace garden area with a prominent lion (but no obvious sign of a pheasant).

In 2019 the right hand ground floor, formerly another commercial property, was renovated and opened as Ernest & Co. a fine wine, cheese and charcuterie bar. It is operating as a separate business but shares toilet facilities and the garden with the pub. A small seating area connects the two bars. It is open 6 - 11 on a Thursday, 3 - 11 on a Friday and 12 - 11 on a Saturday. It does not serve cask beer.

Historic Interest

The name of Lion & Pheasant is considered to be a very rare combination of the two animals. Why they came together has never been explained! The last cock-fight in Shrewsbury is said to have taken place here (in 1857).

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Hobsons --varies--
  • Salopian --varies--

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Three Tuns --varies--
  • Wye Valley Butty Bach

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Lion & Pheasant, Shrewsbury


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden

    Pleasant terrace garden at back of hotel next to car park.

  • Parking Parking
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Accommodation Accommodation

    22 rooms.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Garden area at back.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Lion & Pheasant

49-50 Wyle Cop

Sat Nav Reference

52.70611, -2.7491


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

Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

Outside hotel

Nearby Station (700m)



From South or East, 50 metres from River Severn just over English Bridge on left. From North or West, follow one-way system through town. Hotel on right at bottom of Cop.

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