Bishops Castle is a great place to explore the Welsh Marches from and the Boar's Head is an excellent place to stay. Large, quiet rooms, good food morning and evening and friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommended
- 'Great Base for the Marches', April 2017
They say First Impression is the best-So true" 2 days ago Reviewed by Cham24 We visited Bishops Castle over the August Bank holiday. Staying in a cottage nearby we ventured out on our bikes, so clearly needed regular refreshments, if only to replenish the worked off calories. Having cycled about 20 miles on Saturday we stopped off at The Boar's Head. It is a stylist up to date property transformed from the old. Very welcoming. I thought the family sport room was a great idea. I love sport, but not all do. So good idea. Now I am all for good first impressions which without doubt, are both very important as well as mood setting. My friend and I visited the bar for the drinks, whilst our respective wives sought a seat in the sun to rest their tired limbs. Whilst my friend homed in on a refreshing pint of cloudy Strongbow, I decided to turn my attention to the array of home made cakes that were beautifully position to the left of the bar. Warned off by my friend as he steered me towards a good selection of liquid refreshments I heard " Do you mind I have a business to run" That would be Darren the co-owner. Banter from the start, just how I like it. Anyway having sensibly settled for a local golden beer, no more about the cake, that has its day BTW. I took the drinks out the girls. They were laughing and saying "We know who would have been interested in the cakes and who the beer. Darren had taken the time and effort to pop outside to not only continue the banter, but to link it as well. Superb hosting skills. We met the other Co-Owner, Stuart, who was equally as homely, along with their superb dog Baggins, who completed the set. These first impressions sold the place to us and made us all feel so welcome. The outcome, of which, including another round of drinks, as well as a table booked for dinner the next day. Returning to the restaurant at a earlier time then our booking, we were expected and greeted and shown to our table. It was a very hot evening and as a result we decided to have a pre meal drink outside, due to the heat. We continue and ate outside, although the hosts confirmed that we could still use the table booked inside at any time. We placed our order, although if we really wanted be picky, they had run out of loaded skins, which one of our party had been looking forward to since we viewed the menu the day before. However this disappointment was born more out of appetite then having other items on the menu to choose from. Mind you running out of a second bottle of the same wine was also a set back, although not a deal breaker. It has to be said the food, both the starters and main course arrived in good time and as well as being very well presented and cooked to perfection. Particular praise should also be given for the heat of the food, which in some establishments varies. This food was first class. Not surprisingly all the ample portioned food was consumed by all. And very enjoyable to boot. The evening was rounded off with a dip into the dessert menu for two of our party, whilst my wife had a Hot Chocolate and I had a very well made Coffee and yes you guessed it, that slice of homemade carrot cake, which had had my name on it for 24 hours. Overall our experience of The Boars's Head was exceptionally. One other reviewer said that he did not agree with the "Arrive as strangers, leave as friends" . Whilst I appreciate that trip advisor is all about opinions. I can say that our party made friends here, including Baggins.Thanks to all and keep up the good work.
- They say First Impression is the best-So true", September 2017
"Sunday Lunch" yesterdayReviewed by Doreen S Enjoyed Sunday lunch with friends at this very welcoming and extremely friendly pub. There was a good menu for lunch and it was all served quickly and hot. Requests were met without any difficulty and everything was served with a smile. We all enjoyed banter and jokes with the owner and we would have no hesitation in going back there if we are in the area again- would even like to give the hotel a try.
- "Sunday Lunch", November 2017
Great beer! Great food! This was not our first visit, but on each occasion the staff of The Boar's Head have always greeted us warmly when we arrived in the bar. There's a lovely warming fire, and we've always found the food and the (current) craft beer to be of excellent quality. My wife asserts that their wine is also better than many other establishments!! As we are only there for an evening meal, I can't say anything about their accommodation, but the place always seems neat and tidy, and frequented by locals - so it can't be all bad!! The wi-fi is free (it's not locked down so you do have to login through Facebook or the like) and seems speedy - certainly faster than I have at home! Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g736829-d1547953-r557614036-The_Boar_s_Head_Hotel-Bishops_Castle_Shropshire_England.html#
- Great beer! Great food!, February 2018
Fabulous rooms in a court yard separate from pub,so ideal for coming and going, and nice and quiet. ..."
- Quiet and Comfortable, April 2017