The Horseshoe

The Horseshoe, Llanyblodwel, Shropshire SY10 8NQ

An ancient half-timbered pub in an idyllic rural setting by an old stone bridge over the Tanat. The benches overlooking the river are an ideal spot to enjoy a relaxing beer on a summer day. The unspoilt interior comprises a plainer vault-type area on the left, and the dark, cosy main bar with a wealth of old beams and settles. Stonehouse Station Bitter, brewed nearby in Oswestry, is the regular beer, with an additional guest sometimes available. Many years ago I remember visiting it when it was a keg-only pub tied to Border Breweries. No food is served, and the opening hours are somewhat limited – evenings only during the week and lunchtime only on Sundays.

Despite the Welsh-sounding name, Llanyblodwel is actually just on the English side of the border. The village also has an interesting church rebuilt in the 19th century by the then vicar in an idiosyncratic architectural style and featuring a spire resembling a V2 rocket.

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