1719 – present
8 Market Square.
Built and licenced in 1719 it was presumably named after the nearby ruined castle from which, reputedly, most of the stone and timber was obtained. The hotel has continued to provide accommodation and good food for three centuries and has recently been recognised as one of 22 “Great Inns of Britain” with “one of the finest hotel gardens in Shropshire”.
This was also one of the favourite dining out haunts for the the town’s Corporation members during the mid 1800’s and one receipt for 4th October 1869 shows the following:- 7 dinners, ale, beer etc, 3 bottles sherry, 1 bottle port wine, 5 glasses sherry, 1 glass port, 3 glasses whiskey, 10 glasses brandy, 6 glasses gin, cigars & tobacco, totaling £3/3/8p. The bill was settled on 21st October the following year! The landlord at the time was James Newbery, one of the longest serving in the town – 1844-80, see the above stoneware Wine Jar.
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