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A Spotlight on Bear Steps

Connecting Pride Hill, the High Street, Wyle Cop and St Mary’s, the Bear Steps area encompasses many of Shrewsbury's most historic streets, including Butcher Row, Fish Street and Grope Lane.

Historically, the area was filled with traditional traders which gave the surrounding streets many of their names; Butcher Row, Fish Street, Grope Lane. Bear Steps itself is named for The Bear Inn Pub which sat on the corner of Fish Street and Grope Lane. Although local legend claims the area was historically home to one of Shrewsbury’s bear pits. 

At the centre of Bear Steps sits two of Shrewsbury’s five churches; St Alkmund’s and St Julian’s. Founded in 902, St Alkmund’s Church stands at the highest point in town, read more about it here. St Julian’s tower dates from the 12th century, and the present nave was designed by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard who also designed the Iron Bridge at Telford. 

Today it is home to many of Shrewsbury’s independent eateries and shops. Explore vintage fashion, stylish homeware, pick up the perfect gift and more. Quench your thirst at traditional pubs or quirky cocktail bars, and eat around the world with food hailing from all corners of the globe. 

Within the Bear Steps suburb lie The Loggerheads, The Bull Inn, and The Three Fishes, 3 of the Shrewsbury's most historically interesting pubs. Click here to read the full feature.

Eat & Drink

Bull Inn

The Bull Inn is located on Butcher Row, right in the heart of Shrewsbury town centre. The Bull Inn has seven rooms available, which provide excellent accommodation. Most of the...

Camellias Tea Rooms

Camellias Tea Rooms has established itself as one of the most successful tea rooms in Shrewsbury, with a reputation for providing a calm and hospitable environment to relax, and...

Chambers Bar & Bistro

Situated in an historic Tudor building and opened in 1997, Chambers has consistently been one of the town's most popular bistros. Chambers offers a menu of classical English...

House of the Rising Sun

The House of the Rising Sun on Butcher Row specialises in Modern Australasian cuisine. The bar's decor blends oceanic blue hues and timeless timber tones to create a fusion of...

Itadakizen

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The Libertine Cocktail Bar

A delectable tearoom by day, a trendy cocktail bar by night. Serving only the finest coffee, fifteen varieties of loose tea, together with a selection of fresh, locally made cakes...

Number Four

Number Four is a cafe and bistro in the heart of Shrewsbury. Visit their website for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus, along with their coffee/cake and bar menu.

Philpotts Shrewsbury

Philpotts is an award-winning sandwich retailer, situated in the beautiful 15th century Abbotts House in Butcher Row. Customers can walk into the shop and choose from a fabulous...

The Three Fishes

The Three Fishes is a CAMRA approved pub with a cosy, friendly atmosphere, which provides a warm welcome to anybody. The timber building, dating from the 16th century, has great...

Shop

Hooked on Ewe

Hooked On Ewe is a family-run independent yarn and accessory shop aiming to please knitting and crochet enthusiasts!

White Orchard

White Orchard is a beautiful gift shop, located in the beautiful timber-framed building of Abbots House on Butcher Row, in the heart of historic Shrewsbury. At White Orchard we...

See & Do

St Alkmund's Church

At the heart of the historic and beautiful town of Shrewsbury, founded about the year 902, stands the church of St Alkmund which celebrated its 1100th anniversary in 2012. There's...

Health & Beauty

Lads 'N' Dads

Lads 'N' Dads is possibly the best place in Shrewsbury for a gents haircut, with great cuts and random conversation! From the shop in Butcher Row, they offer a range of services,...

Stay

Prince Rupert Hotel

Situated in the very heart of medieval Shrewsbury, the historic Grade II listed Prince Rupert Hotel is firmly established as one of the town's finest hotels, and is the only AA 4...

Live & Work

Courtyard Collective

The nature of work is changing; work, personal and social lives are no longer separate. Our workspace makes for the perfect environment for the creators to turn their ideas into...

Clarkes Solicitors

Clarkes Solicitors is one of Shropshire's leading law firms with five offices around the county. Clarkes has an excellent reputation for providing specialist legal advice to both...
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