An entrepreneurial Shropshire restaurant owner has praised the quality and diversity of suppliers in the county after his new venture has got off to an ‘amazing’ start. Local couple Adam and Kelly Lyons fulfilled a lifelong dream by investing £100,000 to launch their new Lyons’ Den venture three months ago at Traitors Gate in Shrewsbury.

The restaurant, which has created 12 full and part-time jobs, specialises in gourmet burgers and made-to-order milkshakes and uses produce sourced totally from within Shropshire.

Adam said that he and Kelly, who have three children, were putting a British spin on a classic American dish with the Lyons’ Den restaurant.

He explained: “We got a taste for some of the best burgers in the world on a driving holiday across America so we had a dream to open Shrewsbury’s first dedicated burger restaurant and the feedback in only our first few months has been simply amazing. “Everything is homemade here and we only use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients as Shropshire has so many great food and drink producers and we cannot praise the quality and service of these suppliers enough and we believe this has contributed greatly to the success of our venture.”

County suppliers to Lyons’ Den include Aroma Coffee of Shrewsbury, Maynards Farm of Prees Green, Whitchurch, Battlefield Beers of Shrewsbury, Swifts Bakery of Ludlow and Rowlands Fresh Produce of Shrewsbury. Peter Rowlands, of Rowlands Fresh Produce, based on Battlefield Enterprise Park, commented: “It is wonderful to see new businesses opening in the town and being a local family run firm ourselves, dating back to 1894, we are delighted to be involved in the on-going success of Adam and Kelly’s restaurant. The couple now have ambitious plans to take the Lyons’ Den brand nationwide and due to demand will be opening on Sundays to cater for families looking for a change from the traditional roast.

“Shrewsbury is our home, but one day we’d love to have our burger restaurants in every town and city in the UK. All with the same ethos – using fantastic local ingredients to make great burgers,” Adam said.