Celebrating the launch of ‘The Shrewsbury Ark sandwich’ featured on its exciting new SMØRREBRØD (open sandwich) lunch menu, Drapers Hall restaurant at 10 St. Mary's Place, Shrewsbury, recently held a delicious afternoon tea for volunteers, staff and clients of The Shrewsbury Ark.

Tantalising your tastebuds, the new scandi-inspired lunch menu features open sandwiches and hot rarebits – all named with a local twist. ‘The Shrewsbury Ark sandwich is a delectable treat of tomato, mozzarella, rocket and basil oil, and in a generous move to support Shrewsbury’s homeless, for every Shrewsbury Ark sandwich ordered, one pound (£1) is donated directly to The Ark.

Ark Manager Wendy Faulkner says, “We’re really honoured Drapers Hall has chosen to support our work in this way, and would like to say thank you for the wonderful afternoon we had there as part of the new menu launch celebrations.

Wendy adds, “It was lovely sitting next to the open fires in this historic building while sampling the superb selection of open finger sandwiches, cakes, petit fours, pastries, scones and jams. Combined with excellent service and the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, we all had a very special afternoon there; we will definitely be back for more of its great tea and coffee, cream tea, hand-made cakes or sandwiches!”

Owner, Louise Taylor says, “Many people are already aware of our fine dining menu, Monday to Sunday, but we are keen for more people to enjoy our beautiful, historic building in a more casual, relaxed way. So we decided to open during the day with a great value lunch starting from as little as £5.

Established in 1485, we have long history behind us, and as a local independent restaurant, we are keen give back to the community – that’s when we came up with the idea of donating £1 to local charities on selected items on our lunchtime menu.

As well as supporting the Shrewsbury Ark, lunchtime diners can also support Self Help Africa if they chose the smoked salmon, smoked trout and prawn cocktail open sandwich and the Severn Hospice with our popular Welsh Carebit, a warm vintage cheddar rarebit.”

All sandwiches are freshly prepared to order every day and are served on soda bread, rye or toasted soughdough, garnished with lettuce, sunblush tomato and egg. “It was lovely to host the volunteers, staff and clients from the Ark for afternoon tea and we look forward to making donations to all our local charities in the future,” concludes Louise.