The Crafty Dragon, Whitchurch

Opening today in Whitchurch – The Crafty Dragon! The new micropub has been put together by the team at Magic Dragon Brewing who are based just outside Wrexham. They had a soft launch for the venue last night so I popped up on the train to take a look.

The Crafty Dragon Whitchurch


This former retail space has been transformed into a really cosy little nook, just outside the centre of Whitchurch on Mill Street. It’s about 15 minutes’ walk from the station so really easy to get to. The wood panelling gives a warm, intimate feel. With so many people in last night to wish Rich and Liz good luck with the new venture, the place was really buzzing. I hope that it stays just as busy because it really was a great atmosphere.

Although the micropub opens today – 24th Feb 2024 – there is still more work to be done on the finishing touches. Expect a green living wall to be installed soon, for example.

The Crafty Dragon Beer Selection

Of course, it’s all about the beer. Magic Dragon Brewing are fantastic for having such a broad range of styles in their portfolio. These are showcased magnificently on the ample bar. There are no shortage of cask and keg lines to choose from. Lager fans will love their house lager which is served super chilled. My favourite of the evening was probably the dark mild, Old Magic. This 3.6% dark beer packs a powerful punch of roasty flavour. The smooth, velvety mouthfeel that makes it supremely easy to drink.

But it’s not just Magic Dragon beers on offer, they have guest beers too. The likes of Bluestone, a fellow Welsh brewer, and the punchy imperial stout from O’Haras were also gracing the bar last night.

Try it for yourself

This is a great new space – lucky old Whitchurch. I’m so pleased to see this fantastic family-run, independent brewery make a permanent home here in Shropshire. Just down the tracks from their Welsh base. They are rightly known for their brewing skill and consistency. I hope that The Crafty Dragon makes it on to your must-visit list!

🐐 10 Mill Street, Whitchurch, SY13 1SE

2 thoughts on “The Crafty Dragon, Whitchurch

    1. Well, I’m just the messenger, it’s not my bar! But they did have a good selection of “not beer” – wines, spirits, alcohol free options. Just your usual pub selection really.

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