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(also known as Old Wheatsheaf)

50 High Street
Town Centre

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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 - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - Midnight
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

About the Pub

Not to be confused with the other Wheatsheaf in town (the one in Frankwell). This is a Marston's-range only pub, a comfortable but small town centre street corner pub with a view of St Julian's Church.

Three distinct bar areas, for regulars, visitors and shoppers with many pictures/posters of old Shrewsbury adorning the walls. Popular local music venue but please check in advance. In fine weather seating is available out on the pavement. Good range of Belgian Bottled Beers. One of the 15 pubs in the Branch area appearing in the 1974 Good Beer Guide (GBG). It was brief but here's what it said: "Mitchells & Butlers, pleasant old building, but much altered. Very near the Guildhall". In the late 1970s it was run by legendary local licensee Henri Quinn, followed by a period where noted ex-Shrewsbury Town footballer Sammy Irvine was in charge. After a spell in the wilderness it became a GBG regular for a time, appearing in 7 consecutive editions (2006-2012).

An impressive array of 8 handpumps, though on closer inspection usually contains the odd mix of duplicates and/or beers 'coming next'. The House Beer (Wheatsheaf Ale) is probably Marston's Saddle Tank (Burton Bitter as was).

New management from Jan 2018.

Historic Interest

First recorded in the 18th Century, and known as The Wheatsheaf Hotel for part of its life (until 1971), it has also been referred to as The Old Wheatsheaf, possibly because of the presence of another Wheatsheaf pub nearby on Wyle Cop (later the site of the Sheraz Indian Restaurant). However that establishment soon changed its name to the Royal Vaults, so the subtle name change could also have been a defence against the relative newcomer, the Wheatsheaf in Frankwell, which established itself in the late 19th century. Originally had a Snug, until around 1971, which is now part of the main bar. The upper rendering of the exterior hides a typical black & white tudor appearance, visible until the late 20th Centrury. A John Peacock was the landlord in the early '70s, handing over to Henri Quinn in 1976.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Banks's Amber Ale
  • Jennings --varies--
  • Marston's --varies--
  • Marston's Wheatsheaf Ale

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Banks's Sunbeam
  • Ringwood --varies--
  • Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby

Source: National

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  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • LiveMusic Live Music

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50 High Street
Town Centre

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52.70686, -2.75249


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