Welcome to the Crown Inn, Oakengates.  We offer you an atmosphere of the best real ale quaffing in Shropshire.  It was 24 years this July since we rescued the closed and boarded Crown Inn.  Since that time, we have served some 16,000 different real ales to countless thousands of thirsty customers.

Meanwhile, the Crown Inn has again passed its Cask Marque award with a maximum 120 points out of 120 on a surprise visit on 12th March, following the same score achieved on 18th October!  The Crown’s licensee, John Ellis, was the first in The Wrekin Borough to receive the Cask Marque Award for Excellence in the service of cask ale and was only the fourth in Shropshire.  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 again with maximum marks and is 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 some 10,000 accredited pubs across the UK to offer great cask ale. 

The Crown Inn was shortlisted as one of the top six Beer Pubs in the Country to compete for the title of Best Beer Pub at the Great British Pub Awards in Sepember 2018.  We didn’t win but it was great to be in the final six in the country and we will always have the certificate to show we are (again) a national finalist!

In addition to our extensive Whisky range, we have introduced a number of quality Small-batch Gins.  To this, we have now added a Cocktail Menu, which will appear on selected weekends, including Saturdays 30th March and 27th April.  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 also 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 Great British Pub Awards” 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 2019 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 was removed!  In January 2019, we have refurbished our beautiful oak floor and bar again, so as to keep them in tip-top condition!  We have made changes to our electrics and are 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.  Finally, we have fitted wrought iron handrails by the front steps, both for the benefit of older customers and for everyone in icy weather!

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, Hobson’s Brewery in Cleobury Mortimer and the National Brewing Museum in Burton on Trent.  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!