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Overview

Having run a ski chalet in the French Alps, Sean and Lexi Morris returned to Britain in 2013 to take on the former Sun Inn in Norbury and they have since transformed the 18th-century coaching inn into an informal pub-restaurant with rooms.

Tucked away in sleepy Norbury, smack opposite pretty All Saints Church, in stunning countryside between the Long Mynd and the Stiperstones, it's worth finding off the A49 north of Craven Arms and Bishops Castle. Charming and informal, the feel is country-rustic in the simply furnished bar and dining rooms, with deep sofas and armchairs fronting a blazing log fire in the bar-lounge area, where you will also find books and games, and wood floors, old dining tables and bold artwork in the relaxing dining rooms.

Add innovative, modern British food, a passion for local produce and seven comfortable rooms and you have a cracking base from which to explore this fascinating area - Powis Castle, Stokesay Castle, Ludlow and Shrewsbury are close, and superb walking on the Long Mynd and the Shropshire Way are just 10 minutes from the front door.

Rooms from

6 doubles & 1 Suite: £109-£169

Good to know

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access
  • Alfresco & private dining
  • Parking & bike storage

Dog-friendly

The Coach House is very dog friendly - your canine chum is allowed in the bar and lounge areas, and overnight in the annexe rooms where they will find a basket, bowl, biscuits and homemade liver cake.

Outdoor adventures

Bring you boots or your bike (secure storage) and explore the fascinating surrounding landscape - lofty Long Mynd footpaths with stunning views, and pedal peaceful rolling lanes to quirky Bishops Castle.

Fine dining

Book a stay to coincide with one of Blair's exciting tasting menu evenings.

Rooms

The seven comfortable, well-equipped rooms are spilt between the inn and the adjoining Coach House. With its own private entrance and direct access to the garden the three annexe rooms are ideal for dog lovers.

All rooms are individually designed and have a classic country feel in keeping with the location. Expect quality, pocket-sprung Sealy mattresses topped with White Company linen, with bright throws and cushions adding a splash of colour to the rooms, locally made wooden furnishings, upholstered chairs, Smart TVs, fresh flowers, a good drinks tray (Tea Pigs, fresh coffee and milk, homemade biscuits).

Front rooms enjoy peaceful views to All Saints Church opposite; rear rooms look out towards the magnificent Long Mynd. The beamed loft suite (Room 7) comes with a spacious lounge area, a king-size bed, a super bathroom with walk-in double shower and separate deep tub, and great views across the Shropshire countryside.

Restaurant & bar

Since 2017, the kitchen team have firmly placed the Coach House on Shropshire's culinary map, with innovative modern British cooking and a passion for using ingredients sourced from local artisan suppliers.

The sensibly short carte and set lunch menu change monthly and like the daily chalkboard bar menu they evolve with the seasons, making good use of produce from raised beds in the garden, rare breed meats from local farms, estate shot game from Willo Game in Norbury, and bacon, sausages and charcuterie from Wenlock Edge Farm at Much Wenlock.

Chef Blair Linden is still settling into his new role following his move from the Walnut Tree near Abergavenny in February 2020 . A typical dinner may include cider-braised ham hock, pickled mussels and champ, beef rib and braised oxtail with onion and smoked potato, and rhubarb and burnt cream.

Accompany with a pint of Three Tuns XXX, brewed in Bishops Castle, or a decent bottle of wine sourced from independent merchant Iron & Rose in Shrewsbury, who specialise in wines from organic and bio-dynamically farmed vineyards.

Things to do

Shropshire is a cracking county for walking. Everywhere you go there are hidden villages, peaceful river valleys and tracts of delightful countryside with ancient field patterns. Most walkers head for the remote, secret country of the Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge, Clee Hills and the Stiperstones - a fascinating, mysterious landscape steeped in folklore and legend - and all are within easy reach from the Coach House. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre at Craven Arms is a perfect starting point for exploring the region.

The Edge Adventure Activities Centre at Much Wenlock offers the chance to indulge in a huge range of popular activities. There's clay pigeon shooting, archery, zip wire, quad biking and much more.

Take a leisurely stroll around the medieval town of Bishops Castle and you'll find an impressive collection of arts, crafts and quirky independent shops.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest railway station: Church Stretton

Taxi from station: 20min

Drive: Bishops Castle 8min; Craven Arms 20min; Welshpool 30min; Shrewsbury 38min

Address

Norbury, Bishops Castle, Shropshire SY9 5DX

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