Welcome to the Crown Inn, Oakengates. We host the World’s biggest pub-based, cooled hand-pulled beer festival (the 36th one on runs from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th May, 2014) and can offer you an atmosphere of the best real ale quaffing in Shropshire.
We have been national runner-up in “The Publican’s Morning Advertiser” Cask Ale Pub Of The Year three times and pride ourselves on delivering a pint to remember. The Crown Inn was the Freehouse of the Year 2007 (East & West Midlands) and has been named Cask Ale Pub of the Year 2008 (East & West Midlands), of which we are very proud. Now, the Crown Inn has been included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2014, recognising again that we are in the top few percent of pubs in the U.K.
The Crown’s licensee, John Ellis, was the first in The Wrekin Borough to be awarded the Cask Marque Award for Excellence in the service of cask ale and was only the fourth in Shropshire. The Crown Inn is the only pub in Oakengates to hold the Cask Marque and is one of 8,500 pubs across the UK to offer great cask ale.
The Crown Inn is a regular entry in the Good Beer Guide and Good Cider Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The Crown Inn is now listed with our friends at www.perfectpint.co.uk showing (amongst other things) the beers and ciders that we have available. We will try to keep this up to date and hope to list the beer festival beers as well, although it depends on perfectpint having the up-to-date brewery information first!
The Crown Inn is now a WiFi hotspot. B.T. customers can get unlimited access through B.T. Openzone. Non-B.T. customers, ask at the bar for a code to get you upto 60 minutes free access.
On Saturday, 1st February, we held our first event of 2013 for Real Ale Fans. At our sister pub, the Elephant & Castle in Dawley, Hobson’s Brewer Paul came to tell us all about what they brew and how they brew it, as well as trying out tasters from seven recipes in Hobson’s “Funkie Food & Ale Cookbook”, a hardback collection of recipes using Hobson’s Shropshire Ales. With a normal price £7.99, it is available from this local pub, only £7.50!!
In March, we went to Market Drayton, visiting Joule’s Brewery and the Red Lion, beautifully restored by Joule’s where a good time was had by all!!! Many thanks to James Joule and the team at the Brewery.
On Saturday, 18th May, we held “Gig for Life” in support of Deb’s Darlings, who took part in “Race for Life” against Breast Cancer on Sunday 9th June. Our Quiz Night on Sunday 26th May also raised money for “Gig for Life” and the total raised was an amazing £2,015.74! Thanks to everyone who took part and who turned up in support!!
In June, we took the train to Purple Moose Brewery in Portmadog, arriving on a steam train for a lovely day and a superb brewery visit. July’s outing was to the West Cheshire Beer Festival at Spitting Feathers Brewery, enjoying not just the wonderful beers but a great festival atmosphere with Live Music in the farmyard and a hog roast too.
We’ve now enjoyed the 35th Telford Beer Festival, another success with beers from the South Coast to Northern Scotland all represented. People travelled from all over the country to get to try some of the newest and rarest beers in Britain, while a good range of popular local beers was also available.
More events will be coming soon!