Travel Tuesday: Abel’s Harp Review – Shrewsbury

A little closer to home for this weeks Travel Tuesday review! At the end of July we popped down to Shropshire for a nights stay in Abelsharp, Shrewsbury.


We booked this as a deal which included a one night stay, use of the hot tub and afternoon tea.


At the time of booking I emailed and asked if they would cater for a Vegan for afternoon tea, which I was happy to receive a reply that they would. A few days before our booking, I thought I would double check the timing of the afternoon tea and they said they unfortunatly couldn’t cater for Vegans so we decided to leave it. I was a bit disappointed but I don’t expect little hotels to go out of their way for me so it was fine.


On arrival, the check in was smooth, we were checked in by two children which was cute and given our key on a big spoon, I loved the quirkiness! The hotel is full of quirky little signs and cute chairs etc.


I believe there are 6 themed rooms within the hotel and can you believe my luck, as we approached the room, we were given the “Hunt Room” 😳 I started to wonder if it was a joke to put the Vegan in the “Hunt Room” and was dreading opening the door 😹


I had no reason to worry, the room was actually my favourite thing! Ok, there were a few pictures of hunting on the walls but there were foxes everywhere and as my nickname is Foxy, the room suited me down to the ground! Fox bed sheets, fox pillows, fox pictures 🙂


The room was of a good size and had quirky little touches such as some whisky for a nightcap, tea and coffee and toiletries in the bathroom (although we had no idea what was what!).

The bed was really comfortable and the bedding was clean however the pillows did smell a bit musky. We slept ok but if you are a light sleeper, bare in mind the walls are quite thin!


There was a small TV and we had an absolutely cracking view of the hills!


We popped to the bar downstairs in the evening and the staff/owners were friendly, drinks were reasonably priced I think we paid around £1.70 for a small apple juice and £4.50 for a pint of Birra Moretti.


For breakfast, as a Vegan I opted for toast and jam which was nice enough, although I did feel the place where you eat could do with a clean. My OH had a full English which was the smallest I have ever seen but he said it tasted nice! There was no juice or hot water left for us to make coffee which was disappointing. The chef lady seemed nice though.


In terms of location, you are in a very peaceful countryside setting, we decided to stay so we could go for a nice walk but it didn’t stop raining the whole time we were there!


We drove for around ten minutes to the nearest shop in Minsterley, a CO-OP and there were a few pubs here too!


We didn’t use the hot tub as we didn’t really want to go out in the rain but we did see it in the morning and to be honest it looked like it could do with a clean! The views from the tub would be exceptional! Same from the little glamping huts!


We popped to see the Alpacas and the pigs! Very cute!


Overall, I liked the quirkiness of the hotel and the location is great for some peace and quiet and some walking. I personally wouldn’t return and I’m not sure I would recommend either. I was happy for a nights stay at the price we paid on a special offer but there’s no way I would pay the original price.
I know the hotel is going for a vintage look but I feel it needed a massive clean, sorry!


Room: 3/5
Location: 4.5/5
Food: 2/5
Value for money: 2.5/5

Overall: 2.5/5

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