Welcome to the Crown Inn, Oakengates.  We offer you an atmosphere of the best real ale quaffing in Shropshire.  It was 22 years last July since we rescued the closed and boarded Crown Inn.  Since that time, we have served over 14,500 different real ales to countless thousands of thirsty customers.

Our Winter Loyalty Card Scheme is now running.  The more days you visited to buy a drink in January, the more days you can have a discounted drink in February.  Make sure we have a card with your details on it and remind us to complete it each day you visit us!

We host the World’s biggest pub-based, cooled hand-pulled beer festival at this pub and at the Elephant & Castle in Dawley – the 44th one runs from Thursday, 3rd to Monday 7th May, 2018.  As we aim to get some of the newest beers around, the beer list is only finalised shortly before the festival but should appear here a few days before the festival starts – please be patient with us!

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.  STOP PRESS!  The Crown Inn has again recently passed its Cask Marque award 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).  Our sister pub, the Elephant & Castle in Dawley, has also passed its inspections with maximum marks and has become a Cask-Marque accredited pub!  The Crown Inn is the only pub in Oakengates to hold the Cask Marque Award while appearing in the Good Beer Guide and is one of over 10,000 accredited pubs across the UK to offer great cask ale. 

In addition to our extensive Whisky range, for 2017 we introduced a number of quality Small-batch Gins.  To this, we have now added a Cocktail Menu, which will appear on selected weekends.  Check back here for future dates.

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 was the Freehouse of the Year 2007 (East & West Midlands) and was also named Cask Ale Pub of the Year 2008 (East & West Midlands), of which we are very proud.  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.

 GBPA 2014 Certificate

The Crown Inn has been selected for CAMRA‘s 2018 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 gone!  In January 2016, we refurbished our beautiful oak floor again, so as to keep it in tip-top condition!  In 2017 and 18, we are making changes to our electrics and taking the opportunity to introduce new notice boards and signing to make it easier to see what is on offer, both from the Crown Inn itself and from the local community.

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!