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Old Town Hall Vaults

(also known as Vaults, Backies, formerly Back Street Inn)

St Marys Street
SY13 1QU

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - Midnight
Saturday11.00 am - Midnight
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 8 Mon - Thu
11 - 8 Fri - Sat
12 - 6 Sun



About the Pub

Having bought the pub from Marston's in 2008, Joule's carried out a refurbishment and reopened it in December 2012. With its panelled walls, open fires and memorabilia it now gives the feel of an updated, comfortable and relaxing traditional pub. Although in theory it is a single room, this divides into three areas, two of which have original fireplaces. There is little to distract from conversation as the piped music is not intrusive, and there is no television or games. In common with several other Joule's pubs, the pork from the brewery’s well fed (!) Gloucestershire Old Spots is returned to customers in the form of very tasty sausage rolls. These come along free from 5pm each Friday, but note when they’re gone they’re gone.

And then there are some historical points associated with the pub. As St Marys Street was once called Back Street, it was called the Back Street Inn, and is still known colloquially as “The Backies” or “The Backstreets”. The story continues, in that it was the birthplace of composer Sir Edward German. Finally, the outside gents toilet is Listed and fully functional! (See photos) The pub was owned at one stage by the Border Brewery of Wrexham. The beer range occasionally includes Joule's experimental ales. Under new management since June 2017. Note that food times can vary from those listed.

Regular Beers

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Joule's --seasonal--
  • Joule's Blonde
  • Joule's Pale Ale
  • Joule's Slumbering Monk

Changing Beers

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Burton Bridge Stairway to Heaven
  • Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild
  • Titanic --varies--

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

  • Mild
  • Porter

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  • LocAle LocAle Accredited
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  • Quiet Quiet Pub


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

    The inner courtyard is a pleasing facility with its sloping roof and space for various plants (during the growing season)

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Smoking Smoking Area


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Old Town Hall Vaults

St Marys Street
SY13 1QU

Sat Nav Reference

52.96932, -2.68339


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Nearby Station (800m)

Whitchurch (Shropshire)

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