and ELEPHANT & CASTLE, Dawley
Welcome to the web page for Oakengates’ Good Beer Guide-listed Crown Inn and Dawley’s Elephant & Castle. We aim to provide you with the best drinking experience, both pubs being Cask Marque accredited. We have served some 18,000 different cask ales in the last 25 years at the Crown Inn and 9 years at the Elephant. We also offer a great range of spirits, wines, soft drinks and bottled beers from around the world.
CAMRA’s GOLD AWARD for the Crown Inn
Having just been awarded a Gold Award by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), the Crown Inn is bringing live entertainment back to Oakengates. CAMRA has awarded just 32 pubs around the country with its top accolade. Winning pubs were chosen for their successes in standing the test of time, being convivial, characterful, community-focused and consistently pouring great pints. A regular entry in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and listed by quality regulator Cask Marque, the Crown Inn has held 47 beer festivals so far, featuring up to 34 cooled handpulls each time.
WELCOME BACK INSIDE (& OUT)!
Now that England has reached Step 4, we have relaxed a few of the restrictions at the Crown Inn. Although you may continue to use the NHS’s QR code if you wish, we no longer have to book you in with your name and phone number. However, keep your “regular customer number” if you have one, in case we have to introduce bookings again! Sadly, it is not viable to open the Elephant & Castle at the moment.
We are now starting to re-organise some of our events. The Crown Inn’s rear Courtyard has been open since April, with a custom-made cover for most of the area. Although we are open inside, we are arranging most Summer events to take place in our covered courtyard, just to be on the safe side! It is strongly recommended to book in advance on 01952 610888 to avoid dis-appointment, as seats will be limited. (We hold bookings for 15 minutes after your booked arrival time.) We ask you to make payment by contactless Debit Card, whenever possible, although we will happily still accept cash – you know we love “rattly bits”!
We aim to go above & beyond the minimum safety recommendations. Customers should use anti-viral gel and we have provided it at both entrances and elsewhere and we encourage you to wear a face covering if moving around. We have a serving point at both bars but are still asking customers not to linger at the bar.
The Crown Inn is open each day from 1p.m., with last admission times of 8p.m. on Mondays & Tuesdays, 9p.m. on Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 9p.m. on Sundays.
EVENTS are returning!
Although the Government removed the remaining Covid-restrictions on 19th. July, we recognise that some customers are still wary of crowded indoor spaces. Hence, we are organising our July and August events to take place in our covered courtyard:-
Sunday, 25th July Quiz Night is back with Stan & Ruth posing the questions. Still on the regular day of last Sunday in the month, quizzes now start at the earlier time of 7.30p.m. It is strongly advised to book your team’s table in advance on 01952 610888.
Thursday, 29th July – Open Mic Night returns with Dan & Claire hosting, now starting at the earlier time of 7.45p.m. To book a performance slot, e-mail email@example.com Otherwise, just turn up and enjoy!
Tuesday, 10th August – Telford Comedy Club returns with “Comedy in the Courtyard” as part of Telford Fringe. The first of four consecutive Tuesday shows, this one features some of our favourite performers, none of whom have been on stage in Telford for at least a couple of years. Tickets are available at the bar or via ticketstelford.com for just £6.00
OUR 26th ANNIVERSARY!
Although it has been a pub since at least 1835, we started in business back on 28th July 1995 at the Crown Inn, with the Elephant & Castle joining on 14th December 2011. We had hoped to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with events and special beers but the Covid19 epidemic put paid to most of that, with live indoor performances of music and comedy specifically banned by Government diktat. During this hot weather, we are enjoying our 26th Anniversary by bringing back our first entertainment of 2021!
Following our successful Beer Shop service during earlier lockdowns, we are still carrying a range of bottled beers & ciders. Here are some typical pictures of our range.
Don’t forget that our pubs can supply you with beers to take home! If you want some draught beer or cider, we have two-pint and four-pint containers or you can bring a bottle and we will fill it for you.