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 26 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.
CAMRA’s GOLD AWARD for the Crown Inn
Having just been awarded a Gold Award by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), the Crown Inn has brought quality drinks and live entertainment back to Oakengates. CAMRA has awarded just 32 pubs around the country with its top accolade. Winning pubs were chosen for their successes in standing the test of time, being convivial, characterful, community-focused and consistently pouring great pints. A regular entry in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and approved by quality regulator Cask Marque, the Crown Inn has held 47 beer festivals so far, featuring up to 34 cooled handpulls each time.
WELCOME BACK INSIDE (& OUT)!
Now that the Summer holidays are over, we have extended our opening hours at the Crown Inn (see below). Also, you no longer have to book in with your name and phone number, although you may reserve a table if you wish to. However, keep your “regular customer number” if you have one, in case we have to introduce bookings again! Sadly, it is not viable to open the Elephant & Castle at the moment.
We have now re-started some of our events. The Crown Inn’s rear Courtyard has been open since April, with a custom-made cover for most of the area. Although we are open inside, we are still arranging some of our events to take place in our covered courtyard, just to be on the safe side! It is strongly recommended to book a seat in advance on 01952 610888 to avoid dis-appointment, as seats will be limited. (We hold bookings for 15 minutes after your booked arrival time.) We ask you to make payment by contactless Debit Card, whenever possible, although we will happily still accept cash – you know how we love “rattly bits”!
We aim to go above & beyond minimum safety recommendations. Customers should use anti-viral gel and we have provided it at both entrances and elsewhere and we encourage you to wear a face covering if moving around. We have a serving point at each bar but are still asking customers not to linger at the bar.
The Crown Inn is open each day from 1p.m., with last admission times of 9p.m. on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays, 10p.m. on Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11p.m. and on Fridays & Saturdays.
EVENTS are returning!
Although the Government has removed the remaining Covid-restrictions, we recognise that some customers are still wary of crowded indoor spaces. Hence, some of our events are taking place in our covered courtyard:-
Saturday, 18th September – “Dog Day Afternoon” – Our Charity Music Day is back, with a grand variety of musical performers from 4p.m. on stages inside and out. This time, we are supporting the Oakengates Branch of the Royal British Legion and there will be the opportunity to bid for auction prizes during the day. Among those taking part are Doctor’s Orders, TADLOP, Matt Hill, The Telfordaires, Accidently Acoustic and Dave Briggs.
Part of @Music Venues Trust’s #ReviveLive programme.
Sunday, 26th September Quiz Night is back with guest-quizmaster, Tim Cotton. Still on the regular day of the last Sunday in the month, quizzes now start at the earlier time of 7.30p.m. It is strongly advised to book your team’s table in advance on 01952 610888.
Thursday, 30th September – Open Mic Night returns with hosts, Dan Jones & Claire Bennett (of The Indigo Machine), now starting at the earlier time of 7.45p.m. To book a performance slot, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Otherwise, just turn up and enjoy! Part of @Music Venues Trust’s #ReviveLive programme.
Over a Quarter of a Century of Fine Drinking!
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 in 2020 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, we are currently looking at bringing back our Drinks Festival (albeit on a smaller scale) for its next regular dates of 30th September to 4th October. Watch this space!
Following our successful Beer Shop service during earlier lockdowns, we are still carrying a range of bottled beers & ciders. Here are some typical pictures of our range.
Don’t forget that we can supply you with drinks 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.