Savour The Flavour of Summer at The Abbey in Shrewsbury

The Abbey in Shrewsbury is gearing up for summer with a packed programme of events planned, as well as a tasty new menu featuring great quality classic dishes, seasonal favourites and weekly specials, launching on Tuesday 1st May, just ahead of the Royal Wedding.

Still celebrating after coming second in CAMRA's Shrewsbury Pub of the Year competition 2018, for the consistent quality of its beer, The Abbey is the place to be this summer!

There's something for everyone this first May Bank Holiday weekend, with a fantastic line-up planned, including:

  • A Real Cider Festival with Lilly's Somerset Cider featuring ten real ciders, ranging from Tutti Frutti to Scrumpy
  • Real Ale Summer Tap Takeover with ten carefully selected refreshing summer ales
  • Summer cocktails and G&T's (choose from 20 different gins)
  • Local musician Rob Beach will play live in the garden on Saturday 5th May

And for the second May Bank Holiday, beer lovers will have the chance to sample a range of different ales with a 'Meet The Brewer' event hosted by Green Duck Brewery.

In line with current trends and the rise of veganism - the number of full-time vegans has increased fourfold in the UK in the past 10 years* - our new menu has a range of options for our vegan guests to choose from. As well as a new Superfood Salad there's a Butternut Squash Linguine and an irresistible Blueberry and Prosecco Cake.

Other highlights from the new menu include steamed Rope Grown Mussels coated in either a tomato and garlic, or white wine sauce, Seabass Fillets served on a bed of beetroot, couscous, wheatberry and carrot and Asparagus and Pea Pasta Parcels coated in tomato, cheese and basil butter.

For burger lovers, we have not one, but five different burgers to choose from! Pick either beef, Wagyu, chicken, Moroccan Spiced Lamb or a new crispy-coated Root Vegetable burger and add your own choice of toppings to make it 'Your Burger, Your Way'.

A selection of new drinks also feature on the summer menu, including Bacchus, a fruity and zesty English white wine, from Kent based producer Chapel Down and Greyfriars Cuvée Brut, an English sparkling wine. New reds are Drifting, a smooth and flavourful Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel XYZin, with rich blackberry flavours and black pepper aromas, both from California.

For those who want to sample a selection of wines, wine flights are available; customers can choose from any three wines, that are sold by the glass, and order a 100m glass of each, enabling them to compare, contrast and appreciate the subtle differences between grape varieties that they may otherwise have missed.

On the spirits list, a new addition is Boë Violet, a distinctive Scottish gin infused with violets to create a light delicate flavour and a beautiful colour and aroma. It is joined by Gordon's Premium Pink, an aromatic, floral gin, infused with raspberries and strawberries. We also have a wide selection of rums and whiskies to meet the increasing demand for dark spirits.

For customers who want to add a little sparkle to their favourite spirit, the new 'Spritz' menu offers the perfect solution. Choose from four refreshing Prosecco based longer drinks: Aperol Spritz, Gordon's Pink Spritz, Pimm's Spritz or Elderflower Spritz.

Non-drinkers need not feel left out, with a thirst-quenchingly good homemade lemonade available this season, offering the perfect accompaniment to lighter summer dishes.

If a tasty new menu isn't enough to tempt you through the door, there are plenty more reasons to pop in and pay us a visit! Join us on Mondays for 50% off all pies; Tuesday's is over 65's day, with 25% off all food for those who sign up for our Privilege Club card; on Wednesday burgers and a drink are just £10 after 5pm; steaks and classic grills are on offer from £7.99 after 5pm on Thursdays, and on Sundays anyone ordering a roast can top up on Yorkshire puds, roasties and gravy for free.

General Manager, Stuart Coates, said: "We're really excited about the new menu. As always, we take customer feedback on board and adapt our offering accordingly; for example, several of our new dishes were popular on the specials board, so we've made them a permanent fixture on the summer menu.

"With the new menu in place in time for the Royal Wedding weekend, two Bank Holiday weekends in May, Father's Day on Sunday 17th June and a whisky passport promotion running throughout June, plus lots more going on throughout the summer, there's every reason to pop in and try out our new dishes!"


The Abbey, 83 Monkmoor Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 5AZ


Notes to editors

* The Vegan Society


About Stonegate Pub Company

Stonegate Pub Company is the largest privately held managed pub operator in the UK, with revenues in excess of £700m and we employ over 13,000 people. The company has 695 pubs, split into two divisions, Branded, comprising: Slug & Lettuce, Yates, Walkabout, and Venues; and Traditional comprising: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen (TPK), Classic Inns and Common Room.


Our ‘bar to boardroom’ training ethos has resulted in the following national awards, including:

2018 – Publican Awards  - Best Late Night Operator 

2017 - Great British Pub Awards (three awards) – Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub

2017 - Publican Awards (two awards) - Best Managed Pub Company ; and Best Late Night Operator (plus highly commended Best Employer )

2017 - Menu Innovation and Development Award (MIDAS) - Premium High Street Pub (TPK)

2017 - Retailers’ Retailer Award - Investor of the Year (TDR Capital) 

2016 - BII National Industry Training Awards (NITA) (two awards) - Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne 

2016 - Great British Pub Awards - Best Sports Pub 

2016 - Scottish Training Federation - Best Large Employer 

2016 - HR Excellence Awards - Best Learning and Development Strategy 

2016 - HR Distinction Awards (two awards)- Innovation for Digital & Social Media; People Development 

2014 - (Three awards) – HR Distinction in Innovative Use of Technology; Publican - Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne; MIDAS Best New Concept Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill

2013 – (Two awards) – Publican award Best Pub Employer; MIDAS City and Bar Dining award Slug and Lettuce 

2012 – (Two awards) MIDAS Best Town and City for Yates’s; MA 250 Best Training