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.

IT’S ALL ENDING IN TIERS!

We thought it had all ended in Tiers but then came Lockdown 3 with less than 2 hours’ notice! Sadly, it is not possible to let you in either of our pubs at the moment. Despite Boris Johnson saying (after the first lockdown) that he wanted all pubs to have the opportunity to offer takeaway sales, he reneged on that promise and has stopped them . Instead, we are now concentrating on deliveries, so we are contactable on the Beer Shop Line (07901 513085), where you can contact us to arrange your drinks supply. We ask you to make payment by contactless Debit Card, whenever possible.

When we are eventually allowed to open our pubs fully again, 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.

Ironically, the Crown Inn received confirmation of entry in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide on the morning of the second lockdown!

OUR 25th 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! However, with special measures in place, we were able to re-launch the Crown Inn’s regular Quiz Night on the last Sunday of July. We hope to bring these back again in 2021 and 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. When will our next Quiz be? Well, we’ll let you know when WE know!

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 caught up and been “laying” well.

Following our successful Beer Shop service during earlier lockdowns, 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, which we hope to return in 2021.

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, 10x 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!