CROWN INN, Oakengates 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.

LOCKDOWN No. 2

Well, here we go again! Everyone (or almost everyone) has made great sacrifices and played by the rules to get this pandemic over, yet it’s taken off again and, alongwith the rest of the hospitality industry, we have had to close. The Government has said that we will be back on 3rd December but we will believe that when we see it! Ironically, the Crown Inn received confirmation of entry in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide on the morning of the second lockdown!

Many thanks to all our loyal customers for your support in getting the Government to U-turn and allow us to sell takeaway drinks! As a result, we are now selling draught beer & cider, wines, soft drinks and bar snacks from the back door of the Crown Inn and by delivery within Telford.

Everyone else seems to be jumping on the “Black Friday” bandwagon, so it would be rude not to! For collections made from the Crown Inn, we are now selling our draught beer & cider for ONLY £2.00 / PINT for the rest of November!! All orders have to be made in advance to our Beer Line on 07901 513085. This will be staffed at least from 4-7p.m. on Wednesdays to Fridays and at least from 12noon-2p.m. on Saturdays. Messages can be left at any time, with your name and contact number and an idea of what you are looking for. We will then arrange with you for collection or delivery.

OUR 25th ANNIVERSARY!

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 this 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! However, with special measures in place, we have been able to re-launch the Crown Inn’s regular Quiz Night on the last Sunday of each month. Tables for the Quiz must be reserved in advance, either in person at the Crown Inn, or on 01952 610888. You need to bring your own pens and paper, to avoid the need to pass your answer sheets around for marking. There are six rounds with a break after each round to minimise queueing for drinks. We hope our next Quiz will be on Sunday 27th December, but we’ll let you know when WE know!

OPENING TIMES

Upto (at least) 2nd. DecemberBoth the Crown Inn and the Elephant & Castle are closed by Government diktat. However, don’t forget our collection and delivery service available through the Beer Line on 07901 513085.

TAKING CARE of YOUR HEALTH

When we are allowed to re-open, hopefully on 3rd December, you will see that we have made changes to the layout and operation of both pubs, necessary to ensure good Health & Safety practice. At the Crown Inn, the front door is for entering the building only, while the wider back door is both an entrance and the only exit. Tables are numbered and are allocated in as many half-hour slots as you require either when you arrive, or in advance if you have booked ahead on 01952 610888. At the Elephant & Castle, we have a one-way system, entering through the lounge and exiting through the bar. Drinking is allowed in the lounge, the conservatory and outside in the garden. As the Elephant & Castle is a much larger building, there is no need to book or allocate tables. As should be the case in all pubs, drinkers must be seated and may no longer stand or sit at bars.

ALSO AVAILABLE

Although our sales of eggs is currently suspended, we have stocks of honey again for £5 per jar. Dreadful weather in the Winter and early Spring caused delays but the bees have now caught up and been “laying” well.

Following our successful Beer Line service during the first lockdown, we are still carrying a range of bottled beers & ciders. Here are pictures of some of our range.

A selection of some of our Foreign Bottled Beers
A selection of our Bottled Ciders

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.

EVENTS

All indoor music and comedy events are now CANCELLED until further notice, by Government diktat! However, we were able to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our re-opening of the Crown Inn, with the re-introduction of Quiz Nights, back on the last Sunday of each month. November’s is obviously cancelled but we hope to bring it back in December.

We should have enjoyed the “Telford Fringe“, with Edinburgh Festival Preview Comedy Nights at both venues, Live Music at the Crown Inn and Wedding Parties at the Elephant & Castle. This means that we have lost the following public events at the Crown Inn:-

8x Open Mic Nights, 6x Quiz Nights, performances by Forbidden Skies, Barrel House Blues Band, The Black & Blues Band, The Endings, Comedy & Curry, DryAdic, The Smokin’ Tones, The Root Doctors, Rowley & Paul, The Percy Veer Band, Pale Fire, The M.J.M. Band, PigDaze and numerous Edinburgh Preview Comedy shows. Our Charity Music Days “Gig for Life” and “Dog-Day Afternoon” have also fallen victim. Even when we are allowed to re-open, it seems as though Social Distancing Rules will prevent these events taking place for some time. We hope to re-arrange them for future dates. Telford Comedy Club was due to gather across both pubs for Comedy Nights, including Edinburgh Festival Preview Shows through May, June and July. As Edinburgh Festival did not happen this year, the Preview Shows disappeared too. Also lost are our Telford Drinks Festivals (including the famous Telford Beer Festivals), which should have taken place on the first weekends of May and October. Let’s hope we can bring all these events back for 2021!