Welcome to the Crown Inn, Oakengates. We host the World’s biggest pub-based, cooled hand-pulled beer festival at this pub and at the Elephant & Castle in Dawley (the next Telford Beer Festival runs from Thursday 29th September to Monday 4th October, 2016) . We offer you an atmosphere of the best real ale quaffing in Shropshire. It is 21 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.
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 9,690 accredited pubs across the UK to offer great cask ale. STOP PRESS! On 17/3/16, the Crown Inn passed an un-announced Cask Marque inpection, AGAIN with a maximum 120 points out of 120!! The Crown Inn is a regular entry in the Good Beer Guide and Good Cider Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
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 2016 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!
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! In January 2016, we refurbished the floor again, so as to keep it in tip-top condition!
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, such as visit to 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.
More events will be coming soon!