The Weekend Traveller – Weekend in Wellington

In continuation of regular weekends away (York, Shoreditch, Camden, Rome), we decided to spend another weekend not to far from home, only this time a little less touristy, we opted for a weekend in the town of Wellington, Telford (Shropshire).

Just under a two hour drive from Manchester, we found ourselves off the M54 and almost immediately on The Old Orleton Inn, an old 17th century coaching inn, which is now a B&B with 10 individually decorated bedrooms and run by Peter and Paul.

The welcome on arrival was warm, welcoming and friendly, Paul checking us in, answering any questions that we had.

Peter then showed us to our room, which was a great size and nicely decorated. It also had some great original features, including window seats and fireplace, as well as being spotlessly clean.

We decided to try out the Bistro at the Orleton Inn for our first night, and we were not disappointed.

The menu was varied with some great classics, for starter I opted for the Smokehouse Haddock and Potato Rissole, which was bursting with flavour, the side salad too was fresh and delicious.

Main choice was the Pan Seared Salmon, cooked to perfecting and laced with a great prosecco and pine nut, cream sauce.

I rarely take dessert, however on this occasion, I couldn’t refuse… with the Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Tattenhall Dairy being a treat.

The meal in its entirety was fantastic.

After a good nights sleep in the cosy bed, we went down for breakfast. Full breakfast was served from 8am-10am, with many guests opting for the full English, that mas massive.

I however opted for a ‘Lighter Choice’ and indulged in some gorgeous smoked salmon and scrambled egg on an English Muffin, for me this was plenty and filling enough, even without adding to it with the available pastries etc.

Whilst in the area we decided to visit Ironbridge, just a 15 min drive from Wellington and said to be the birthplace of the ‘Industrial Revolution’. The town gets it’s name from the 30m Cast Iron Bridge that crosses the River Severn, built in 1779 and a UNISCO World Heritage Site.

The town itself is small and quaint, with a few tearooms and gift-shops as well as a multitude of museums to visit.

Overall we had a great weekend in this lovely part of the country, the weather, as usual was not great to us, and had it been sunny, we would have gotten out and about a lot more. Even so, this delightful hotel with it friendly owners and beautiful surrounding area gets a big thumbs up.

The Old Orleton can be found on Holyhead Road, Wellington, Shropshire, TL1 2HA (01952 255011)

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