The Powis Arms

West Midlands Shropshire Bishop's Castle

  • From £100 a night
  • Four Guest Rooms

A lovely old pub in a gorgeous South Shropshire village, with good food and multiple accommodation options.

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Right on the main drag through the peaceful South Shropshire village of Lydbury North, The Powis Arms is an old Georgian coaching inn – part of the former country estate of Lord Clive of India and situated right by its main gates and drive. It's a friendly country pub, no question, with a warm welcome and good food. But as part of the estate it's also blessed with a multitude of accommodation options, from a pop-up summer campsite behind to the self-catering cottages and glamping on the estate itself. The pub also has a handful of very comfortable en-suite bedrooms upstairs, and the good thing is that wherever you stay you can enjoy the excellent breakfasts they serve here in the morning, not to mention the well-priced pub grub they serve the rest of the day.

Just a stone’s throw from the small and attractive Shropshire town of Bishop's Castle in one direction and Craven Arms and Ludlow in the other, the pub's location ticks just about every box if you're looking for a rural place to stay with plenty of walking on your doorstep.  It has four simple but very comfortable bedrooms upstairs, all with very comfortable beds and excellent en-suite bathrooms. one of which features a bath and the other three showers.  Each room has tea- and coffee-making facilities and is quirkily furnished with furniture, objects and paintings objects plundered from the buildings of Walcot Hall, giving each an individual, historic and cosy character. The campsite meanwhile has 12 pitches for caravans and campervans, each with an electrical hook-up, plus additional pitches for tents, and facilities include a heated shower and toilet block with washing-up areas and a chemical disposal point.

Managed by Lucy and Jackie, The Powis Arms is above all a good place for a drink,  with a good choice of Shropshire ales, a dog-friendly bar in which to enjoy them in and a separate restaurant with a wood-burning stove and semi-covered sunny deck at the rear. The pub features in nearby Bishop’s Castle real ale trail every July, and serves a seasonal menu, based on ingredients sourced from local butchers, fishmongers and game dealers and farmers, that revolves mainly around core pub dishes, including serious good burgers, x y and z; they also offer a kids' menu and serve a stonking Sunday Lunch. In short it's your perfect countryside retreat.



We have three standard double rooms with ensuite shower rooms and a family bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.

Traditionally furnished, each room has its own individual charm, with decorative objects gleaned from the attics and basements of Walcot Hall, as well as interesting and quirky prints and paintings.

Tea & coffee making facilities are available in each room.

The pub is very friendly and serves restaurant and bar meals, as well as takeaway options which can be enjoyed back at your pitch. The Lydbury North village shop is a short walking distance, for all your essentials and there are also food shops and a petrol station in nearby Bishop’s Castle.

Suitable For

Due to the nature of our property, we are unable to accept bookings for under 18's without an accompanying adult.


The campsite is in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in the shadow of The Long Mynd, one of Shropshire’s most-famous hills. You can walk straight from your pitch to some of the most beautiful footpaths and bridleways in the county, including The Shropshire Way and Jack Mytton Way. Known for walking, horseriding and mountain-biking, the surrounding countryside does not disappoint. Situated on the edge of the market town of Church Stretton, which is worth a visit and a good place to pick up supplies, is the Carding Mill Valley visitor centre where there’s parking, information and a tea room. You can also swim in the Carding Mill Reservoir. The market town of Ludlow, with its medieval streets, ruined castle and riverbank, is 15 miles south and a popular place to visit. En route you pass the little town of Craven Arms where you might want to stop off to visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (01588 676060) and Stokesay Castle (0370 333 1181), one of the best-preserved fortified medieval manor houses in the UK. Shrewsbury, the attractive county town of Shropshire, is under 20 miles from Hamperley Hideaways.
Our website also has a page dedicated to local attractions and things to do.

Food & Drink

Our seasonal menus are ever-changing with locally sourced ingredients. We believe in delivering core pub classics on our menu with the addition of interesting but simple dishes celebrating classic British food.

Reservations are taken and highly recommended, especially on Sundays for our Traditional Shropshire Sunday Lunch.


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The Owner Says

The Powis Arms is a traditional Georgian coaching inn situated in the village of Lydbury North in South Shropshire. Perched at the front gates of Walcot Hall - a grand country estate formerly residence to Lord Clive of India. The Parish family have been at Walcot since 1957 and they have always shared their family home with the outside world – it would be a shame not to with all it has to offer!

Managed by Lucy, The Powis Arms is a friendly country pub with four B&B rooms and a well-positioned campsite, with 12 pitches for touring caravans, each with an electrical hook up, plus additional pitches for tents. Our restaurant produces food using the finest ingredients that the county has to offer and our bar is the perfect place to enjoy the best of Shropshire’s local ales.

Just a stone’s throw from Ludlow and its famous food festival and surrounded by some of the countries most glorious hill walking, The Powis Arms is the perfect base for any country adventure.

Taste the best of local food and ales that the county has to offer. Treat your family to a traditional Shropshire Sunday lunch, or meet up with friends to sample our locally sourced seasonal menus over lunch or dinner. If a quiet drink is more your thing, try one of our award-winning local real ales and ciders out on the sun-filled deck. For the ale fanatics, we take part in the yearly Bishop’s Castle beer trail.


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Getting There

From the A49, between Shrewsbury and Ludlow (both around 17 miles away) take the B4368 towards Bishop’s Castle & Clun. After about 9 miles, at Little Brampton turn right towards Ludbry North. Continue through Lydbury North Village until you see the Powis Arms Pub. The campsite is at the rear of the pub. There is a train station in Craven Arms. Taxis are available but need to be booked in advance.

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