Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is a little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth a read.
The Inn at Shipley is a three storey Georgian building dating from 1771, which was built by Thomas Farmer Thornes.
The Thornes family had for many centuries been a prominent Shropshire family. From the 15th century and for several subsequent centuries Shelvock Manor, in Shelvock, north of Shrewsbury, was their family seat. One of the most prominent members of the Thornes family was Roger Thornes, who in the 16th century was described as "Wise Thornes of Shrewsbury for that both town and country repaired to him for advice".
Though owner of Shelvock, Roger Thornes retained his family connection with Shrewsbury, and seems to have lived principally in the town, where he had a house in Raven Street, just opposite School Lane. He was a Bailiff six times.
Richard Thornes was Sheriff of Shropshire in 1610. Francis Thornes, son of the Sheriff, married Beatrice, eldest daughter of Sir Andrew Corbet of Morton Corbet, on December 12, 1625, at Moreton Corbet, when he was 19 and she was 15. When the English Civil War broke, Thornes actively sided with the King.
Francis Thornes was one of many county gentlemen captured when Shrewsbury was taken on February 22, 1644 or 1645, by the Parliamentary forces under the command of his first cousin, Thomas Mytton of Halston, and he had to pay £720 for his estate. After this, the fortunes of the Thornes family declined.
Thomas Farmer Thornes in 1771 was nevertheless described as a gentleman, and he and Elizabeth enjoyed a number of servants.
The site of the 1771 property already has a number of buildings on it, and he may have acquired the land from one of the local estates or it may have been part of the landholding of the next door property, Shipley Hall. The three storey house was slotted between the sandstone and timber-frame farm buildings which were adapted and remodelled to become useful ancillary storage.
We know this for several reasons. Firstly, the name T.F.Thomas and datestone of 1771 is carved onto a stone block on the front of the building, but additionally, there is an inscription etched into the window glass within a first floor window which reads 'Joseph Thompson newly leaded this window 1771'. This is authentic.
There are a number of wills and records in which T.F.Thornes is mentioned. Archival data indicated that he was an Attorney-at-Law, and he must have built the house shortly before his marriage to Elizabeth in 1772, but the only lived there for 7 years before he died in 1779.
At that time the house may well have been sold to Thomas Boycott, who we know later acquired the manor and lordship of Shipley on 25th July 1829. In a valuation of his estate in 1798, a property named Thornescroft (presumably after Thomas Farmer Thornes) is mentioned.
Thornescroft was sold on 26th June 1918 by direction of Mrs Wight-Boycott, and was the name of the restaurant when we acquired the property in 2013, although the name was not felt to be engaging enough as the name of a pub, so we renamed it the Inn at Shipley.
The house has lost most of its original windows and external doors buut despite this loss, it is substantially as designed in 1771. It retains its original floor plan, largely intact at ground floor level and complete at both first and second floor level and a high proportion of its original doors and fittings. The building is, therefore, of high significance, as is listed grade II.
Oli loves to be the host of the party and goes out of his way to ensure customers leave with full tummies and an enjoyable tipple. Born in Tettenhall, he spent a number of years living in East London and Essex, before finally returning 'home' in 2013. Oli has been Deputy Manager at a number of our sister pubs, starting his B&P life at the Two Brewers in Chigwell, then more recently the Woodbridge Inn, Coalport. Oli loves to chat and will talk to anyone who will listen, so behind the bar at the Inn is his perfect home. When not looking after his customers he enjoys cooking for his friends and family and spending time with his wife Zoe.
Elliot is a new face in the B&P family but this hasn't stopped him throwing himself into everything food and drink! Sharp both in dress and mind, Elliot brings with him years of experience working in various restaurants in Staffordshire and his huge wealth of wine knowledge! When he isn't behind the pumps, he enjoys wining and dining with his partner Kat and has been known to don the trainers and jump on his bike to explore the county and maybe sample a local beer... or two!
"All good things come in small packages" and Liv is no exception. A local lass favoured by so many of our customers for her happy, smiley nature, Liv is a B&P natural. Outside of work who knows where you will find Olivia, the little globetrotter is usually having a ball somewhere beautiful in the world with all her family and friends.
After spending a number of years working in an office driving a desk, Kayleigh knew that her heart belonged in hospitality and took the leap to join the company in 2017. With her love of food and a good natter it is a match made in heaven! A self titled "hostess-with-the-mostest", Kayleigh spends her time BBQing for friends and family (come rain or shine!) and exploring the country side with her husband Jon and Archie the dog.
After Steve studied Brand Management and then an MA in Visual Communication in UCLan in Preston, he then decided that a career in hospitality was for him - thank goodness! He joins us having worked for a while in a local Bistro and when he's not behind our bar he loves to be in front of it drinking his favourite tipple gin and tonic.
Jared is a firm favourite with our regulars. A local lad that has a passion for antiques and a little entrepreneur in the making. Jared is always up beat and will chat to anyone who will listen. Jared loves his beer and gets very excited when a new ale goes on at the Inn.
Jack joined the Woodbridge in May 2013 after starting his career as a banqueting chef at Alton Towers. Originally from Stoke, Jack is known in our kitchen for his extensive taste in music, especially the hard rock and heavy metal 'noise' we have to listen to if Manchester City lose! His ability to remain calm and approachable under a torrent of checks means he is the man you rely on during a busy shift. When he is not at work you will find him enjoying an ale somewhere or wining and dining his lovely wife Tawry.
Connor is the epitome of a sharp-dessed-man... our very own 'sharp-dressed-chef'! This snappy dresser has been part of the B&P family for a while now, working in numerous kitchens within the group, including the Fox, Newport - he certainly knows his way about a B&P kitchen. After taking a little break to combine work and travel Connor just couldn't stay away and joined us again in 2018 to take on the challenge of Sous Chef. Football, food and family are words to live by in Connor's mind - when he is not behind the pass cooking for our diners he can be found cooking up a storm in his own kitchen for his loved ones.
Junior Chef de Partie
Ever smiling Tom is a perfect addition to the Shipley kitchen team. Since joining our team in late 2018 Tom has gone from strength to strength quickly earning himself a place on the sought after chef apprentice scheme with South Cheshire College. Tom is a hard-working chef who loves to take pride in the quality and presentation of his dishes - and we are always eager to try his latest creation! In his spare time, Tom is a bit of a movie connoisseur and spends his time catching up on the latest flick with his adored pet gecko.
Ted, or Teddybear as he is affectionately known in the kitchen, has been a member of the team since day dot and had been working ever since to expand his cooking repertoire. He most recently branched out last year and made it to the finalist stage of the Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year! Whilst probably one of our quieter chefs, when the whisk microphone comes out he is hard not to hear! And whether out and about or in the kitchen he is never without a cup of Rosie Lee!
Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you're after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.
We don't reserve any of our outside tables so if you enjoy a little alfresco dining these are first come first serve.
Friday 29th November to Tuesday 24th December