CROWN INN, Oakengates


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.


After Tiers and more Lockdowns, the country is finally taking baby-Steps back to normality! In line with Government guidelines, we have re-opened the Crown Inn. Sadly, it is not possible to open the Elephant & Castle at the moment.

The Crown Inn’s rear Courtyard has been open since April, with a custom-made cover for most of the area. At last, we have been allowed to open inside too! It is strongly recommended to book in advance on 01952 610888 to avoid dis-appointment. On arrival, please confirm your booking and wait to be allocated your seats. (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 must use anti-viral gel and we have provided it at both entrances and elsewhere.

We are opening each day at 1p.m., with last admissions of 8p.m. on Mondays & Tuesdays, 9p.m. on Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10.30p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 9p.m. on Sundays.

Coming Soon? – Step 4

The Government says it will take “data, not dates” into consideration when removing the remaining Covid-restrictions. This “may” happen as early as Monday 21st. June, although the existing legislation is valid until the end of the month. We hope to open closer to the “old normal” when that happens and are currently working on our programmes of music, comedy and quiz nights. In line with the rest of the Hospitality Industry, it’s very difficult to confirm anything until the Government has declared its hand. We’ll let you know as soon as we know.


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! However, with special measures in place, we were able to re-launch the Crown Inn’s regular Quiz Night on the last Sunday of Summer months in 2020. We are working on bringing all these events back again in 2021! When will that be? Well, we’ll let you know when WE know!


Sales of our extra large eggs has re-commenced, although you will have to wait until later in the Summer for honey to be available again.

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.

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.


All indoor music and comedy events are now CANCELLED until further notice, by Government diktat! If all goes according to plan, we will be able to return to a full programme of music, comedy and quiz nights in June.

In 2020, 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, so far, we have lost the following public events at the Crown Inn:-

14x Open Mic Nights, 13x 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” (x2) and “Dog-Day Afternoon” have also fallen victim. 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 in 2020, 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 events back during 2021!