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The Brewery Inn
About The Brewery Inn

The Brewery Inn meets the needs of locals and tourists, who are searching for a refreshing drink, quick snack or an unfussy meal in a friendly family pub. It is a value-for-money pub providing freshly prepared and cooked to order food. There is an extensive menu ranging from sandwiches and jacket potatoes to lasagne, scampi and steak. There are also many vegetarian options. Well behaved children are always welcome, with a large range of food and drink available for them. The Brewery Inn has a pleasant lounge bar that seats up to 80 people.  There is also an enclosed riverside patio area, easily seating 40 people, that is always popular in the summer. It provides outstanding views of the River Severn.


The Brewery Inn is a family run riverside pub in the Severn Gorge, a little downstream from the Coalport China Museum. It has seen a lot of water go under the bridge during the 160 years it has been in business. It dates back as an inn to 1850. It is located in the Ironbridge Gorge, therefore benefiting from the tourism trade, from the many nearby museums. It is a short walk along the Coalport Canal to the 200 year old Tar Tunnel. Children can get a fascinating insight into Victorian life at the nearby Blist Hill Village or you can visit Enginuity - an interactive science museum at Coalbrookdale.


The settlement was planned as a canal–river interchange and a complete "new town" by ironmaster William Reynolds, who between 1788 and 1796 built warehouses, workshops, factories and workers accommodation in Coalport. He also directed the construction of the Shropshire Canal, linking the East Shropshire coalfield with the River Severn — the terminus being Coalport Wharf between the Brewery Inn and Coalport Bridge. Coalport at this time was much larger than it is today. Coalport was home to an important pottery founded in 1795 by John Rose. It produced Coalport porcelain which became popular worldwide. The building it was initially produced in is now a Youth Hostel and café. Production later moved across the canal to the buildings which are now the Coalport China Museum. The easternmost part of Coalport was, at one time, served by two railway stations. Coalport East (LNWR) was a terminus of a branch from Wellington on the northern river bank. Coalport West (GWR) was a through station on the Severn Valley Railway on the other, southern bank (now part of The Severn Way waymarked walk).

The Coalport Canal runs through the village and greatly aided the settlement's development. The Hay Inclined Plane was completed in 1793 and is one of the country's major industrial monuments and the best preserved and most spectacular of its kind. It enabled canal barges and narrowboats to be transferred from the bottom of the Severn gorge to the top, up a 1 in 4 gradient on wheeled cradles, operated by a team of just four men. The canal was eventually superseded by rail transport and fell into neglect, silting up and becoming overgrown and was infilled in the 1920s.

A Brief History Of Coalport ...