You don’t have to arrive in Upton Magna on two wheels, but you’ll be in good company if you do

You don’t have to arrive in Upton Magna on two wheels, but you’ll be in good company if you do.

The sleepy Shropshire village is a popular pit-stop on the cycle route between Land’s End and John O’Groats, and the bustling Village Store & Cafe feeds toasties and scones to as many as 300 hungry cyclists a day.

Those who prefer a more leisurely stay head next door to The Haughmond.Like the Village Store, the 17th Century coaching inn is run by chef patron Martin Board and his wife Mel. 

The Haughmond is a 17th Century coaching inn located in Upton Magna

The Haughmond is a 17th Century coaching inn located in Upton Magna

They bought the derelict pub in 2012 and have gradually restored it, building their family home there and adding the shop, a self-catering barn conversion and seven bedrooms above the inn.

There are also two pet-friendly ground-floor rooms named after the family’s Staffordshire bull terriers.

Inside, the decor is inspired by the wild deer that throng nearby Haughmond Hill, The Wrekin peak – a local landmark – and Attingham Park, an 18th Century National Trust property with 200 acres of parkland. 

There are stag portraits, wall-mounted antlers and deer etched everywhere from the menu to the candles on the dinner tables.Sage-green walls, buttery leather armchairs, low whitewashed beams and a whole wall of saddles and stirrups add to the hunting-lodge feel.

Plush: The richly decorated Red Room has sweeping views over The Wrekin from the bed

Plush: เล่นสล็อต The richly decorated Red Room has sweeping views over The Wrekin from the bed

Yet locals don’t come for cosy pints but slap-up special-occasion dining, courtesy of executive head chef Gareth Howarth. The Haughmond’s restaurant has been Michelin Guide-listed since 2016 and offers a six-course tasting menu with wine pairing alongside a short à la carte menu, using ingredients sourced within 20 miles where possible. 

Even on a Tuesday night, it’s fully booked with well-dressed couples and older families celebrating birthdays and toasting each other with cocktails made of gin distilled in the village vicarage.

It’s worth booking a room for a breakfast with a fine-dining flourish.Before the full English, a chef’s starter plate is an unexpected treat with a curl of smoked salmon on a parmesan pancake, home-made granola layered with fruit and rich Greek yogurt, and a sliver of delicious lemon drizzle cake. 

The decor is inspired by the wild deer that throng nearby Attingham Park, pictured above

The decor is inspired by the wild deer that throng nearby Attingham Park, pictured above

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