Out and About in Shropshire
Eating Out Close By
We are very lucky to have a great choice of places to eat and drink close by. We have two fantastic pubs both within 2 miles of Middle Farm. The Bottle and Glass public house www.bottleandglass.co.uk (just over 1/2 a mile away) and The Bridges at Ratlinghope (Three Tons Brewery) www.thebridgespub.co.uk is 2 miles away.
The Pound restaurant at Leebotwood www.thepound.org.uk is a definite must for any discerning foodie. We also highly recommend www.thepeachtree.co.uk in Shrewsbury. Chef Chris Burt is a huge supporter of locally produced artisan products and while the main menu focus is largely of Asian influence he continues to support Middle Farm creating extraordinary dishes with our pork whenever available. Definitely worth a visit. Details of this restaurant may be found in the cottages.
Things to Do
There is an enormous amount to do in Shropshire, far too much to mention below but the following suggestions are days out that we have particularly enjoyed. We would also recommend using the ‘Shropshire and the Welsh Borders Places to Visit’ publication (provided in Guest Information Folder) as it gives a reasonably good map of where these recommendations are situated as well as many other ideas. These sites are also very well sign posted as you get nearer.
National Trust and English Heritage
We have been to all the sites listed below. They are all definitely worth visiting.
See either www.english-heritage.org.uk or www.nationaltrust.org.uk for further information and opening times.
Wroxeter Roman Ruins - English Heritage
English Heritage have done brilliantly well at bringing the ruins alive with the talking handset that allows you to tour around at your own pace.
Within a mile you may like to lunch at the Mytton and Mermaid which is opposite the gates of Attingham Park too.
Attingham Park - National Trust
If visiting Attingham Park main house as well as walking the grounds then we would suggest a whole day. Restaurants on site. Fantastic day out whatever the weather.
Powys Castle – National Trust
This is a beautiful castle set in stunning grounds – the gardens are a real treat! Like Attingham, there are places to eat whilst there.
Stokesay Castle – English Heritage
This is a very interesting site to visit, not great in the rain!
The Priory (Much Wenlock) – English Heritage
Like other English Heritage sites the history of these ruins are brilliantly retold with handsets. There is no restaurant on site but it is in the middle of Much Wenlock so there are plenty of choices.
Ironbridge - Blists Hill Museum - www.ironbridge.org.uk
Our experience of this Victorian Museum has been a fabulous treat and a great day out for all the family. It is definitely worth getting there early, particularly in the summer holidays. If you are likely to get peckish before midday remember to take a snack because no food is available before 12.00 noon!
Acton Scott Farm - Historic Working Farm as seen on TV - www.actonscottmuseum.com
I have taken the children to this farm several times, along with other little friends. Despite having great days out I would like to go back without them so as to pay full attention to the history being taught! It is a beautiful place to visit and plenty of animals to see, however, there is a lot to learn if you are able to listen without 'mummy, mummy, the goat's eating my coat'!
RAF Cosford Museum - National Cold War Exhibition - www.rafmuseum.org.uk
We have always found it a wonderful place to take friends and family for the whole day and in any weather. The fabulous display of planes, wealth of information and history of various wars really brings home some of the realities of those who fought. It is a haven for any aviation enthusiast!! To see everything you really need a whole day. There are restaurants on site for lunch.
The cottages are provided with all relevant OS maps as well as walking books. My personal favourite walks start from either Cardingmill Valley (just before you arrive in the town – you’ll see a brown National Trust sign) or from the top of the slopes nearest us. Go left out of the house and drive 2 miles until you go over the cattle grid – park car before next cattle grid – you are free to wander over all National Trust land and dogs can go off lead as long as they are safe with sheep.
You will also see in the Welcome file there is a copy of the map that shows the start of the bridal way and our land available to all guests.
Long Mynd Cycling
Bikes can be hired from a fabulous shop Plush Hill Cycles. You can contact them directly before your arrival via their website www.plushhillcycles.co.uk. As a 'Cyclists Welcome' property we also keep bike locks, puncture repair kits and first aid at the Farm.
Canoeing On River Severn
This is a fabulous experience but is clearly very weather dependent. The company Sun Valley Canoeing may be contacted on 07774 907326, they offer two rows from Bridgnorth to Arley or further on to Bewdley, both have a pub lunch stop halfway down. Further details can be found on the www.virtual-shropshire.co.uk site.
Towns to Visit
This is our nearest town. There are some lovely shops in Church Stretton (all independent). The most famous would be the Antiques Market – definitely worth a visit. The deli in the square is heaven for foodies! Thursday is market day between 8.30am – 4.00pm. The best coffee shops are ‘Berry’s’ and ‘Ginger and Green’. There are also many walks starting from Church Stretton centre.
Another beautiful market town and home to a locally famous butcher (Paddy Ryan). Lots of history in Much Wenlock – museum is only open between April and October. Plenty of places to eat and drink.
Stunning market town, fabulous castle. Great day out. Food market is on every day except Tuesday. Don’t forget to visit the Ludlow Food Hall on your way out of Ludlow, clearly visible on the main A49.
The iron bridge is definitely worth visiting as well as many of the beautiful shops in Ironbridge itself. There are over 20 museums to visit in the town, if you plan on going to several of them it is worth getting a museum pass (which lasts a year) from the Tourist Information Office on the river.
This is a beautiful town for history, shopping, eating and walking. Definitely worth a visit but be aware that there is a one-way system going around the town so it is easiest to use the Park and Ride just off the A49 (turn in towards the same park as Sainsbury’s)