Welcome to the Crown Inn, Oakengates. We host the World’s biggest pub-based, cooled hand-pulled beer festival (the next one runs from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th October, 2015) at this pub and at the Elephant & Castle in Dawley. We offer you an atmosphere of the best real ale quaffing in Shropshire.
It’s was 20 years in July since we rescued the closed and boarded Crown Inn. Since that time, we have served some 14,000 different real ales to countless thousands of thirsty customers.
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 was named Cask Ale Pub of the Year 2008 (East & West Midlands), of which we are very proud.
The Crown Inn also holds the title “BEST CASK BEER PUB” for the West Midlands & Wales in the Great British Pub Awards and was into the last six for the National title!
The Crown Inn has, along with sister pub, the Elephant & Castle in Dawley, been selected for CAMRA‘s latest Good Beer Guide, recognising again that we are in the top few per cent of pubs in the U.K. Many thanks to all the CAMRA members who voted for us!
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 Award and is one of over 9,600 accredited 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). If you haven’t been for a long time, you will see we’ve made changes, being careful not to lose the character of the place. Early in 2014, we undertook a major refurbishment of the front room. The old bar and floor were replaced in oak, while the pillar (complete with blackboard) in the middle of the bar has now gone!
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!
At various times throughout the year, we run events for our Academy of Ale members. We have recently visited Joule’s Brewery in Market Drayton and Hobson’s Brewery in Cleobury Mortimer. We will be organising more beer-related events for Real Ale Fans through the year. Call in for more details.
In May 2013, we held “Gig for Life” in support of Deb’s Darlings, who took part in “Race for Life” against Breast Cancer. Our Quiz Night in 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 May 2014, “Gig for Life 2” raised also around £2,000!
Gig for Life 3 took place on Saturday, 16th May, 2015. We enjoyed a GREAT day of brilliant music, aiming to raise another £2,000 for Cancer Research in the process!! The final figure is in fact, £4,000, a truly amazing total!! Well done everyone. Gig for Life 4 is on Saturday, 14th May, 2016 and we expect to have some pretty amazing performers!!
More events will be coming soon!