Blog

My Shrewsbury Weekend Adventures
10 Aug 2021
by Katy Rink

The Haughmond Village Store and Café

Pelham Rd, Upton Magna, SY4 4TZ

Each week, we’ll help you get the best out of weekends in Shropshire, by suggesting new ways to spend the weekend, without breaking the bank!

Here’s an idea for an easy trip out from Shrewsbury that combines a bit of exercise with a coffee, lunch or afternoon tea stop at a fab village café en route – and you can pick up something tasty and local for tea whilst you’re at it!

The Haughmond Village Store and Café is an easy bike ride from town, just four miles from Shrewsbury – pick up the National Cycle Route 81 from The Quarry (follow the route along the River Severn, past the weir and on to the old canal) to Upton Magna.

 You can hire bikes from @BikeHireShrewsbury on their website www.maxbikespr.co.uk/

They can deliver bikes to any location in and around Shrewsbury and Shropshire.

Or if you fancy a bit of assistance try Shrewsbury eBike Hire, on Claremont Hill, their website is www.shrewsburyebikehire.co.uk.

Mel and Martin Board opened the store and cafe to provide a service for the whole community, offering convenience and the freshest of produce, which is also used next door at their very fine restaurant The Haughmond – now with three AA rosettes!

You’ll find local farm milk in refillable bottles and fresh bread too.

Their Haughmond at Home brand of ready meals took off during lockdown; the shop provided an essential service to the isolating and vulnerable, making up weekly food orders in recyclable jute bags. They’re still busy with deliveries now (free within 5 miles).

There’s a chef dedicated to the production of meals, coffee and cake for cyclists and café customers!

The dog-friendly store and café has become a lovely meeting point for locals – dog walkers, families and children as well as for the cycling fraternity, and serves as a wonderful community hub for Upton Magna and surrounding villages. The Village store & Café recently received the Breeze ‘Cyclist Friendsly 2020 Award’ from Newport Ladies Cycling Club.

Whether it’s an ice-cream or coffee you’ve come for, or full-blown lunch, it’ll give you the calories you need for the return trip – and it’s an incentive to keep the kids going too.

You might be happy with your four-mile return route, but The Village Store is also a stop off on rides from Telford, Newport and Market Drayton!  It just depends how many miles you want to add on – National Cycle Routes 81 & 45 pass by the door.

And if you’ve disabled or elderly family and friends – why not get them to meet you there? There’s plenty of parking and a loo on site.

The Village store is open 9 am - 4 pm, every day

The Café is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm. No booking required.

Phone - (01743) 709164

Email -  contact@thehaughmond.co.uk

          - haughmondvillagestore@gmail.com

Website - Thehaughmond.co.uk/store

Village Store
AT1
AT2

Photo Credit: Andy Hughes