Alistair Campbell would have been proud of the line I was spun by one of the barmaids/managers in 215 – The Boathouse SY3 8JQ.
“I’m not just saying this cause I work here but this pub is a MAJOR attraction in Shrewsbury.” I’m pretty sure when Russ comes over from Canada or Dave visits from the States then The Boathouse is likely to be behind the following attractions (in no particular order).
Shrewsbury Cathedral, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Battlefield Falconry Centre, Shrewsbury Abbey, Attingham Park, St. Chad’s Church, Hawkstone Park Follies, Greenhous Meadow, Shropshire Regimental Museum, Theatre Severn, Charles Darwin Statue and even The Loggerheads boozer are likely to be above the Boathouse on a bucket list.
Of course, in this weekend of the FA Cup final Martin would make a beeline for the site of the old Gay Meadow football ground as this is where Manchester City succumbed to a famous FA Cup defeat against Shrewsbury in an era of Paul Power and the like back in 1979 (when it still mattered).
However, when my pal and I rolled up in The Boathouse on a Sunday evening it was certainly a good place for a ‘business’ meeting. After a slightly more hectic Saturday evening and a busy Sunday working then this was definitely a chilled, laid back vibe at around 9.30 on a Sunday evening.
In the barmaid’s defence it was certainly an impressive place with the beer patio view over the River Severn somewhat spectacular but I didn’t hear too many transatlantic accents so I’m not sure it was full of tourists.
The beer was excellent and I had a nice pint of Ubu (Purity) with background music of Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye adding to the vibe whilst we watched the Masters on my pal’s laptop.
It was, aside from us, a couples place, and the only sign of any consternation came when a (non working) member of staff had come in asking for food after the 9.30 cut off point and the barmaid spin doctor and the barman were giving short shrift to this proposal and it added a little bit of drama!
A good pub, decent beer, good views and a place to watch the world go by but, I have to say, possibly not one of the MAJOR tourist attractions in Shrewsbury.