Friday, 17 August 2018

Shrewsbury and Itadaki Zen Japanese Vegan Restaurant

After visiting the cathedral city of Herefordshire last month, we drove on to Shrewsbury where we had planned an overnight stay so that we could go to the Shrewsbury flea market the following morning that hosted between 100 - 150 traders selling, a mixture of antiques, collectables, vintage, architectural salvage, reclamation and quirky things. 

Unfortunately when we got into Shrewsbury it was raining heavy with rain and a number of places were closing or already closed.  We wandered in and out of those places, that were still open and of course wandered the streets looking for somewhere to eat that evening, as well as playing tourist in the little time we had. 
A statue of Charles Darwin, Shrewsbury most famous son born in 1809. This statue is situated outside of the library. 
Shropshire writer Mary Webb.

On the banks of the river Severn you will find the Quantum Leap.  An abstract sculpture known by locals as 'The Skinky'.  It celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin. The slinky measure 40 foot high and 57 feet long. 

We eventually found a place to eat.   Itadaki Zen Japanese Vegan Restaurant, but it was not open until 6pm.  We waited around until it was open, we were fortunate to get a seat without having booked a table. 

We both decided on the Chef Omakase for £28.00 5 course meal (not £25.00 as per the website) and sake to share.
 Five different appetisers.
Seasonal vegetable sushi and soy sauce.  D had to ask for the wasabi which was promptly provided with offer of more, if we wished. 
Assorted Tempura with dip sauce
Noodles in a special soup.
And finally dessert.  I really wanted the Macha Cheesecake, but they had sold out.  So I went for the blueberry cheesecake, which I did enjoy with the fresh fruit. 
The following morning we got up.  We drove to  the location of Shrewsbury flea market (weekend 28 - 29 July 2018) our reason for going to Shrewsbury and staying overnight.  It was a short visit as many of the stalls had packed up due to the horrendous weather conditions (understandably so), but there were still some brave people about still selling their wares, as well as showing our support,  I also came back with something which I will share IMK next month.  


  1. You didn't mention that author Ellis Peters based her mystery novels about the sleuthing Brother Cadfael in and around Shrewsbury Abbey and the town, and that you can "walk" in his footsteps and see a stained glass window commemorating him at the Abbey. We did this a number of years ago and it was great fun!

    best... mae at

    1. Thanks Mae. We got there late and did not see very much, as many places were closed and its was raining quite heavily. Maybe next time.

  2. I will have to remember this if we're around Shrewsbury. What a good find and beautiful food.


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