ESCAPE LONDON – Drapers Hall, rich history, stunning surroundings and perfect service!
The drive from London to Shrewsbury took over 3 hours, but the moment I set eyes on The Drapers I knew it was worth every single second! As soon as you see the stunning exterior of Drapers Hall you fall in love with it and when you step inside, that love only solidifies. The 400 year old building is set off a pretty little street and opposite an equally impressive church. Photos of Drapers Hall can not do justice to the beauty that is encompasses, the exterior is tudor style, white brick with black wooden beams and it is quite a breathtaking vision.
The 400 year old building is set off a pretty little street and opposite an equally impressive church. Photos of Drapers Hall can not do justice to the beauty that is encompasses.
Stepping inside it was exciting to see that the designer had cleverly mixed the rich history of the building with some modern touches. The staircase at the entrance is grand, dark wood and is surrounded by a stunning banister. The stairs are slightly worn from 400 years of use and creak as you walk them, it is exciting to imagine who has walked those stairs before and for the curious like me, if any ghosts walk them now. We were immediately greeted by friendly staff and this theme was apparent the whole weekend, the staff at Drapers Hall seem to love the building just as much as we did and take pleasure in giving you ‘A class’ service with a smile. From the bar men, to the maid, to the servers, every single member of their fantastic team could not do enough for you and added to the pleasurable experience.
We were immediately greeted with friendly staff and this theme was apparent the whole weekend, the staff at Drapers Hall seem to love the building just as much as I did and take pleasure in giving you A class service with a smile.
The history of the building is fascinating, it was and still is owned by The Draper Family and the building was a Guild Hall for the Drapers. Although they now lease the building as a hotel, restaurant and bar, they still hold their meetings in the grand dining room. There is even a large wooden table in the dining area that is over 400 years old and worth a million pounds, it looks ready for a king to head the table with noblemen around it. The main dining room has an impressive and huge fireplace, with dark wood panelling and a painting with old English writing that is 400 years old. It is easy to forget with modern technology the history of our forefathers, but Drapers Hall sets the imagination on fire and reminds us what a rich history we are lucky to have in Britain.
The main dining room has an impressive and huge fireplace, with dark wood panelling and a painting with old English writing that is 400 years old.
The bar area is a also pleasing to the eye and a contrast to the grand dining room, it has been modernised with pink up lighting releasing a welcome pink glow and modern art style rams heads hanging from the wall. There is a second historical table in this area and although not quite as large the dining room table, it is equally lovely. Seeing how excited we were about the history of the building, one of the lovely bar tenders took us up to see the safe. It was a stunning piece or furniture which one would pass off as sideboard, wood hides the locks and the interior is made of lead and wood. The keys have been lost over the years, but this beauty is a welcome sight to see as you enter the landing.
Our vision of treats was far from over, as the bedroom was a well designed place of luxury, with every detail thought out and pure comfort provided. The bed was covered in a red throw and cushions, which gave a dramatic contrast to the green wall and white covers. Perhaps one of my favourite things about this special place was the door to the en-suite bathroom, it was only 4 fit and you could not help but like feel like Alice in Wonderland as you stepped in and out of it. The bathroom was fresh and completely modernised, with marble tiles and hanging on the door were two fluffy white dressing gowns.
Perhaps one of my favourite things about this special place was the door to the en-suite bathroom, it was only 4 fit and you could not help but like feel like Alice in Wonderland as you stepped in and out of it.
Our room was a suite and the living area was a second room. Again every detail had been well thought out, from the lovely wall clock, to the comfortable drawing room chairs and the window seats with throw cushions. As you may have gathered, I can not praise this magical place enough. It was quite late when we arrived, so we shared some drinks and headed off for bed. Waking up in the comfortable huge bed, it was a pleasure to take in the surroundings in daylight. I felt as if we did not need to leave the hotel as it had such a welcome feel that draws you to it, but we had plans to see the cute little town and headed down for breakfast.
We soon discovered that not only is the service impeccable, the drinks delicious and the scenery stunning, but the food was also outstanding. We sat for breakfast in the second part of the dining room, where the brick walls are painted fire red, a beautiful contrast to the dark wood beams. Waiting for us was fresh fruit and thick yoghurt. The waitress was just as amazing as the rest of the team we had encountered and we ordered smoked salmon from the tempting menu. The coffee at The Drapers is to die for, reminiscent of an Italian Cafe and the salmon with scrambled eggs perfect. Not only was the presentation beautiful, the eggs were fluffy and some tasty mushrooms has also been added to this delightful dish.
We soon discovered that not only is the service impeccable, the drinks delicious and the scenery stunning, the food was also outstanding.
Without even spending 24 hours at Drapers Hall, we were impressed by all it had to offer and excited to spend another night in one of my new favourite hotels in the whole country! However, the beauty of the town was calling and we stepped out to see what it had to offer. There are so many stunning buildings in Shrewsbury, you can not take a step without your eyes widening and mouth opening at the pure beauty surrounding you. What is also interesting about the town is the fact there is 32 charity shops, we thought it would be fun to go to each buying something, it certainly was a great idea as we got to see the town and meet many of the lovely people who live there. Without fail everyone we met was welcoming and friendly, they were so proud to live in Shrewsbury and who can blame them. We gave up shopping after 12 places and headed to a a lovely little pub for lunch, then carried on shopping.
There are so many stunning buildings in Shrewsbury, you can not take a step without your eyes widening and mouth opening at the pure beauty surrounding you.
After dinner in the evening we headed back to the beautiful bar at The Drapers for more drinks, the staff were as usual happy, helpful and a delight to be served by. Out of all the many places I have visited, Shrewsbury and Drapers Hall are going to stick in my mind. Everything about it is breathtaking and perfect to create beautiful memories. After spending a second night in the blissful bed I knew that Drapers Hall is a place that I can not recommend highly enough and can not wait to come back to!
Heart London Magazine give The Drapers a very well deserved all round 5 star rating!
Drapers Hall is rich in history and situated in one of Britain’s prettiest towns. If you want to visit a place where the food is delicious, the rooms perfect, the service A class and the building simply stunning, visit Shrewsbury and the amazing Drapers Hall. The hotel is perfect for a weekend with friends or a romantic break and will be sure to give you beautiful memories that will last you a lifetime!
Drapers Hall, St Mary’s Pl, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1DZ, 01743 344679
Heart London Magazine 5* Rating
Cat, Heart London Magazine