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Loggerheads

(also known as Loggers ; Shrewsbury Arms, formerly Greyhound)

1 Church Street
Shrewsbury
SY1 1UG

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Opening Times

11-11.30 Mon-Wed; 11-1.30am Thu-Sat; 12-10.30 Sun

Owner

Marston's

About the Pub

This 18th-century Grade II listed town-centre pub pub, located in what is said to be the shortest street in the town centre, has a nationally important historic interior. The pub consists of four rooms, all linked by an L-shaped corridor. From the frontage there are two entrances, the right-hand door take you into what is nominally the lounge (spartan by modern standards, it is the largest room, with a bare wooden floor and is the location of the dart-board). The left-hand door takes you into the corridor. First room on the right is what is labelled on the window glass the 'Bar Parlour'. This is a small bar, usually filled with locals, but with the only direct access to the pump-clips on show. Next room up the corridor (on the left) is the 'Smoke Room'. The sign as you enter: 'Gents Only until 1975' is a reminder of a bygone age. The room houses scrubbed tables, high backed settles set into the partition wall, a shove halfpenny board and is dominated by a large fire-place. At the corner of the corridor is a small snug area (the 'Poet's Room'). Although having its own window, surrounding buildings don't allow for much natural light, so the atmosphere is always one where one imagines many clandestine meetings have taken place. This room and the Smoke Room can gain access to the bar via a servery in between the two rooms. Following the corridor round leads you to the toilets and the Lounge, which has its own servery access to the bar. This now has portraits of famous writers on the walls.

Unsurprisingly perhaps the pub has since been somewhat of a GBG institution, appearing in 33 of the 43 editions. All in all, a classic pub, until recently the only concession to the 21st century being the TV in the parlour bar (usually in silent mode, naturally). However TV & radio have started to encroach on the lounge, especially on major sporting occasions (eg Rugby). Unspoilt by progress? - you decide.

Historic Interest

Originally the Greyhound, by 1828 it had changed its name to the Shrewsbury Arms. Thanks to the heraldic arms of Shrewsbury featuring three leopards heads which was replicated on the pub sign, the pub's nickname became the Loggerheads, which over time has become its permanent name. In 2004 the owners inadvertently caused a local media storm by replacing the pub sign after a refurbishment. The new one featured the picture of a loggerhead turtle, totally unrelated to the well-documented history of the pub. Fortunately Bankss (as it was) saw sense and replaced it, the 'turtle' sign now hangs on the corridor wall as a momento of this time.

Regular Beers

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Banks's Amber Ale
  • Jennings Sneck Lifter
  • Ringwood Boondoggle

Changing Beers

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Marston's - varies
  • Ringwood Fortyniner
  • Thwaites - varies
  • The pub's range of changing beers regularly includes the following rare beer styles:

    • Mild

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Loggerheads, Shrewsbury

Features

Facilities

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Not Front Bar or Lounge.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Wednesday poker nights.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Weekly folk music sessions are held.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • SeparateBar Separate Bar

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52.70791, -2.75189

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Nearby Station (500m)

Shrewsbury

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  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Traditional Pub Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
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  • Wifi Wifi
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
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