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.
Oakengates’ Crown Inn and Dawley’s Elephant & Castle are again able to welcome you back inside to enjoy our hospitality. We’ve made some alterations to both pubs to go above and beyond the Government’s requirements.
We’ve taken the necessary measures to allow you back in to drink, while keeping everyone safe and healthy, so please make sure you observe our safety signage. The Elephant & Castle has more room than the Crown Inn, so it isn’t necessary for us to have a booking system in Dawley. For our Oakengates customers, you are recommended to book a table in advance on 01952 610888 to avoid dis-appointment. However, unlike some pubs, you are still welcome to pop in without a reservation.
At both pubs, we decided to re-start from 4th July and have had to adapt our opening hours as changes to the law have required. We may have to do so again, as more customers return to work from being furloughed, or in line with Government Regulations.
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 our 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 at the bar. Our next Quiz is on Sunday 25th October, when Stan & Ruth will be back to test your brains at the earlier time of 7.30p.m. You’ll have had an extra hour’s sleep the night before, so you can come prepared!
We should also have held our Telford Drinks Festivals (including Telford Beer Festivals) on the first weekends of May and October. However, Cask Ale Week is still running on the first week of October and we always have good British Cask Beers on for you to enjoy!
Updated with effect from 24th September – At the Crown Inn we are open daily from 1p.m. We are implementing “Last Admission” times of 9p.m. on Sundays to Thursdays, 9.30p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. At the Elephant & Castle, we still open at 5p.m., with last admissions now giving a slightly later drinking opportunity on most nights. However, at the moment, it is not viable to open the Elephant & Castle on Tuesdays. So on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, last admissions are at 9p.m., extended to 9.30p.m. on Fridays to Sundays. We will have to keep an eye on these times, to see if they still work as circumstances change, any alterations appearing on this site.
TAKING CARE of YOUR HEALTH
Changes to the layout and operation of both pubs has been 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.
At the Crown Inn, we have been able to re-introduce our sales of eggs, still at the eggcellent price of £1.20 for 6 Eggstra Large ones! (sorry about the puns but Comedy Club is suspended!) We also have stocks of honey again for £5 per jar. Dreadful weather in the Winter and early Spring caused delays but the bees are now in full production and “laying” well.
Following our successful Beer Line service during the lockdown, we are still carrying a range of British & overseas bottled beers & ciders, particularly at the Crown Inn. Here are pictures of some of our range.
Don’t forget that both pubs will supply you with beers to take home! If you want some draught beer or cider, we have free two-pint containers or you can bring a bottle and we will fill it for you.
COMEDY CLUB returned on the afternoon of Sunday 6th September with a BEER GARDEN SPECIAL! Weather (and Government Directives) are likely to dictate if we can have any more 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.
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:-
6x Open Mic Nights, 5x 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. At the time of writing, 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!