48 St. Michaels Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 2EZ
T: 01743 247 005
This building originates back to 1820 and stands alongside what used to be the Whitchurch turnpike, an industrial district bordering Coton Hill, north of Shrewsbury railway station. There were warehouses and factory’s either side of the Shrewsbury canal and the Whitchurch to Crewe railway and the pub served the local factories and canal. Owned by Trouncers & Co. in 1874, the Ale House was tied for beer and stout and free for spirits. The pub had eight private and three public rooms and served mainly the local canal workers. The restoration has re-recreated the public rooms, now providing a snug, the bar and the lounge. The name ‘The Dolphin’ refers to the sea creature or could have been transcribed from the French word, son of the king, usually the eldest son of the French King, who was known as the Dauphin, from the middle of the fourteenth century.
Steve commented at the time of The Dolphin's opening "the locals thought the Dolphin was about to be lost forever which would have been a tragedy for an original parlour pub – with original gas lights still working. Joule’s are brilliant and have given us the freedom to make this happen. I am sure it will be a great little pub again – saved in the nick of time, I had really thought it was close to becoming flats so this is really great news. A lot of pubs are closing, but there are very few pubs like this one – it’s really special"