Hickory’s Smokehouse Announce Long-Awaited Re-Opening This Friday

It’s the news we have all been waiting for. BBQ is firmly back on the menu as Shrewsbury’s favourite smokehouse announce they will re-open on 10th July….


Popular family restaurant and bar, Hickory’s Smokehouse, have announced they will be re-opening their riverside site on Friday 10th July.

Less than nine months since they burst onto the Shrewsbury dining scene, Hickory’s has become one of the towns best-loved dining spots.

After giving diners a taste of what they have been missing at last weekend’s hugely successful Shropshire Drive-In Event, the team are now ready to swing open their doors for real this coming Friday.

Hickory’s General Manager, Damian Harries said, ‘Opening here in Shrewsbury has been an absolute dream. The local community, our neighbours down here by the river and the whole town welcomed us so warmly. We’ve missed them all so much since we closed out doors at the end of March.’

Damian said the whole team are raring to go and that they couldn’t be happier to be back where they belong, re-opening the restaurant, firing up the smokers and welcoming everyone back.

For anyone who has been missing out on a Hicks fix you will find all your favourite BBQ dishes will be back on the menu. Rest assured the smokehouse classics such as Texas style brisket, ribs and wings will all be making an appearance, along with burnt ends, southern fried chicken & of course the Chicken Fried Waffle.

From the high of opening last December and being welcomed so warmly by the local community, to the devastating local floods and challenges of lockdown, the team said the support they have received from neighbours, guests and the whole town is what has kept them going.

‘The local community here in Shrewsbury are just amazing,’ said Damian. ‘From the winter floods to lockdown, we’ve all supported each other and we feel so humbled to be part of such an incredible local network.’

Take A Seat On The Veranda

With its stunning river views and relaxed seating areas, the team will be making the most of their split level, New Orleans style veranda this summer.

Along with improving the veranda experience, the team have also applied for a summer permit to create additional riverside seating and with plenty of space inside the restaurant, guests can expect all the usual Hickory’s feel with plenty of their famed Southern hospitality.

 ‘The veranda will be a really cool place to spend a few hours over the summer months,’ said Damian, ‘And we already have exciting plans in place to develop it as we head on into the autumn.’

The team have been working hard behind the scenes too, ‘All the guys have been sprucing up their serving skills after what we are calling their extended ‘Spring Break’. ‘They cannot wait to get back to smoking, mixing, shaking and serving your Hickory’s favourites and we can’t wait to welcome you back.’

Hibernation has been a busy time for everyone. From ensuring the restaurant and outside space is in tip-top condition for reopening, the team have also managed to raise a staggering £65,000 for their nominated charity Cash For Kids. Along with colleagues from their sister site in Chester, their team of chefs have also cooked and delivered over 3200 meals for local families in need from across the region.

Making Hickory’s as safe a place as possible

There have also been some cool new changes and innovative additions to the current layout to ensure diners can return safely, without losing any of the much-loved Hickory’s experience.

With their own unique guest ‘Safety Pledge’ in place, the team are ready to get back to business and do what they do best, looking after guests and offering some true Southern hospitality.

It’s been a hard time for the hospitality industry and a very uncertain period for everyone involved. Founder Neil McDonnell extended his thanks to everyone who has reached out to the team in Shrewsbury. ‘We’ve had so much support from our regulars, guests and the local community and that is what has kept us going throughout lockdown. It’s been a devastating time for our industry but all the messages, emails and social media posts we’ve had have been incredibly humbling and so heart-warming for the whole team. We can’t wait to get back to doing what we love, showing our guests some real Southern hospitality, albeit with a few less handshakes.”

They are taking bookings now and will be open officially from Friday 10th July and will be opening from 11am every day. Keep your eyes on their website and social media channels for any updates.