The Hundred House, in a sorry state, when it was taken over in 1985.
On a foggy, damp day in February 1985; Henry, Sylvia and oldest son David, had an appointment to view the Hundred House Hotel, that had been closed for two years. Henry and David saw potential in the place, but Sylvia was somewhat more hesitant. The family had renovated and run the Greyhound in Buckinghamshire, but felt the place too small. It was not until January 6th 1985, that the Phillips family (Henry, Sylvia, David, Stuart and Sophie) began the renovation of the Hundred House and its gardens, opening the bar for business on July 4th the same year. Later that Summer, the restaurant was opened and work began on the rooms above. Henry remembers himself and Sylvia having to dust the restaurant tables every morning, thanks to the banging and dust of the builders above. In January 1987, the rooms were opened.
From a young age at The Greyhound, David took a keen interest in the running of the bar and looking after the beer. Having become a Heating and Ventilating apprentice, David was made redundant at the age of 18, so decided to set up his own Microbrewery, Phillip’s Brewing Company. He played an important role in the pioneering of the Microbrewery revolution, and in 1981, became the youngest brewer in Britain, appearing on the BBC’s ‘Nationwide’. Today, he is still responsible for the Beer and Wine lists at the Hotel, as well as our accounts.
It was in the family’s original pub, The Greyhound, that Stuart had his first taste of a restaurant and helping in a kitchen. Upon the opening of the kitchen at the Hundred House, Stuart began working with the Head Chef at the time, before leaving to work in such kitchens as the Chester Grosvenor, Kensington Place and Le Goyen, a Michelin Starred Seafood restaurant in Brittany. He did not return to work at the Hundred House until 1992 to run the kitchen, winning his first AA Rosette award in 1996.
Today, sadly, Sylvia is no longer with us but her memory lives on in every inch of The Hundred House, that she so lovingly created and made the unique destination it is. Henry, Stuart, David and Stuart’s wife Jo, are dedicated to making sure The Hundred House stays one of the best Hotel, Restaurant and Wedding Venues in Shropshire for many more years to come.