M54, Junction 4; 10 minutes
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
The heady, scented gardens set The Hundred House apart, encircling the eclectic Shropshire hotel with raised flower beds, running streams and more than 100 varieties of herb. If you’ve had enough of the M54, you’ll be revived the moment you step out of the car here.
The building’s name reveals its rich history, Hundred House being the term for an ancient administrative centre and court of law. The hotel and restaurant are an unusual warren of buildings, from 14th century to Georgian, red brick to thatched. They are quirkily decorated and show their age in parts. In the cosy farmhouse kitchen restaurant – hexagonal floor tiles, dried herbs hanging from the rafters – flavour is king: chef Stuart prioritises home-grown produce and herbs, which are plucked liberally from the garden.
It’s on the pricier side, so it’s worth factoring in a longer stop to savour your meal and explore the Severn Valley, rose centre and famous Ironbridge Gorge nearby.