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Old Town Hall Vaults

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

St Marys Street
Whitchurch
SY13 1QU

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Opening Times

11-11 Mon-Thu; 11-Midnight Fri & Sat; 12-11 Sun

Meal Times

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

Owner

Joule's

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.

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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Old Town Hall Vaults, Whitchurch

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub

Facilities

  • 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

    Courtyard.

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Old Town Hall Vaults

St Marys Street
Whitchurch
SY13 1QU

Sat Nav Reference

52.96932, -2.68339

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Whitchurch (Shropshire)

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  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
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  • Live Music Live Music
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Pub Quiet Pub
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Accommodation Accommodation
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Separate Bar Separate Bar
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Traditional Pub Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Live Music Live Music
  • Wifi Wifi
  • LocAle Accredited LocAle Accredited
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Real Fire Real Fire
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Accommodation Accommodation
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Parking Parking
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Restaurant Area Restaurant Area
  • Function Room Function Room
  • Dog Friendly Dog Friendly
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Beer Festivals Beer Festivals
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Lunchtime Meals Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals Evening Meals
  • Separate Bar Separate Bar
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Traditional Pub Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Parking Parking
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Function Room Function Room
  • Dog Friendly Dog Friendly
  • Live Music Live Music
  • Sports TV Sports TV
  • Wifi Wifi
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes

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  • Real Ale Available Real Ale Available
  • Real Fire Real Fire
  • Pub Garden Pub Garden
  • Separate Bar Separate Bar
  • Traditional Pub Games Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Area Smoking Area
  • Live Music Live Music
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Sports TV Sports TV
  • Close to Railway Station Close to Railway Station
  • Close to Bus Routes Close to Bus Routes
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