The Raven in the lovely Shropshire market town of Much Wenlock is our idea of a perfect 18th century coaching inn. All the period warmth you would expect is here, alongside a high degree of modern sophistication and exquisite attention to detail.
The place has immense character: the flower-filled courtyard gives access to courtyard rooms which are all individually furnished. For a special occasion, ask for the Coach House room with an imaginatively designed galleried suite, lounge, log burning fire and herb garden seating. For a more contemporary feel, book one of their newly decorated and wonderful ‘Forge’ rooms. All rooms come equipped with power showers over baths, satellite TV and tea and coffee makers and free Wi-Fi.
Take a look at the Olympian memorabilia on display in the bar and lower lounge (Much Wenlock can lay claim to the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games) before making your way to dine on either the relaxed lounge menu or the fine dining experience on the two AA Rosette awarded A la Carte menu – and prepare yourself for a treat. The food here is imaginative and delicious and sourced from the very best award-winning producers, choosing local where possible and being supplied by their very own Marketplace at The Raven that supplies both the kitchen and locals in Much Wenlock to the freshest fish, fruit, vegetables and locally made artisan breads.
The Raven is perfect for exploring the best of Shropshire. Much Wenlock itself is utterly charming and well worth a meander, and the fascinating museums at Ironbridge Gorge, only ten minutes away, are a must. Great walking is to be found nearby at Wenlock Edge and within a half hour’s drive you will find other superb walking trails such as Carding Mill Valley, Long Mynd and Offa’s Dyke. Also nearby and worth exploring are the incredible Hawkstone Park and Follies, medieval Stokesay Castle, the NT properties of Wilderhope Manor, Attingham Park and Benthall Hall, not to mention the historic and culinary delights of market towns such as Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Ludlow.
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