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The Foundry at Theatre Severn,
Telephone: 01743 272767
A restaurant in Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn, you say? I didn’t know there was a restaurant in Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn! But indeed there is, tucked away on the second floor. The Foundry is a petite eatery that dishes up seasonal specials and an extremely enticing pre-theatre menu at a very reasonable price.
It also offers impressive views of the River Severn and the town’s Welsh Bridge. On the evening we dined there, the doors were flung open to the balcony and the breeze was drifting in. Our friendly waitress, Kayleigh, read out the specials. We opted for the pork belly crubeens - with apple puree and cider-pickled vegetables - and the special: goats cheese and lavender pannacotta with toasted sourdough. Both were superb starters. The pannacotta was light, with just a hint of lavender (enough to make it interesting), while the crubeens (battered and deep-fried pork belly) went down a storm with my carnivorous husband!
For our main courses, we opted for the pan seared mackerel with rosemary roasted new potatoes, heritage tomato, olive and caper salad, and the vegetarian option of spinach pancakes with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and Shropshire Blue sauce. The mackerel was an incredibly tasty, wholesome dish, made with quality ingredients. The pancakes were unusual. Despite being a vegetarian dish, the generous smothering of Shropshire Blue sauce felt wholly indulgent. We mopped up with a side of hand-cut chips.
With half an hour left before our show was due to start, we squeezed in a pudding of chocolate ganache with dulche de leche, toasted hazelnuts and ice cream, and crème brulee with shortbread biscuits. The chocolate ganache was a very rich and naughty treat, while the crème brulee was light and delicious. Diners can come back for pudding in the theatre show’s interval, should they feel a little rushed beforehand.
The Foundry really is a hidden jewel that more theatre-goers should take advantage of. It offers a very relaxed dining experience. And with owner and experienced chef Matthew Periam at the helm of the daily specials board, both the front-of-house and the kitchen teams have got it sussed!