Welcome to the Crown Inn, Oakengates. We host the World’s biggest pub-based, cooled hand-pulled beer festival (the 36th one on runs from Thursday 1st to Monday 5th May, 2014) and offer you an atmosphere of the best real ale quaffing in Shropshire.
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. The Crown Inn was the Freehouse of the Year 2007 (East & West Midlands) and was named Cask Ale Pub of the Year 2008 (East & West Midlands), of which we are very proud. The Crown Inn has been included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2014, recognising again that we are in the top few percent of pubs in the U.K.
Along with sister pub, the Elephant & Castle in Dawley, the Crown Inn has already been chosen to feature in the latest edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. The Crown Inn has also been short-listed for the CAMRA branch’s Pub of the Year 2014 Award. Many thanks to all the CAMRA members who voted for 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. The Crown Inn is the only pub in Oakengates to hold the Cask Marque and is one of 8,600 pubs across the UK to offer great cask ale. The Crown Inn is a regular entry in the Good Beer Guide and Good Cider Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
As you may have already seen, we are undertaking a major refurbishment of the front room. The old bar and floor have been replaced in oak, while the pillar (complete with blackboard) in the middle of the bar has now gone! We will have to find a new way of showing you which beers are available! The Crown Inn is now fully open again, although finishing work behind the bar is still under way. By way of thanking customers for supporting us while the work progresses, we have been running a Loyalty Card Scheme, enabling you to earn discount on drinks. We hope those of you who supported us in January have been enjoying your discounted drinks in February!
The Crown Inn is now listed with our friends at www.perfectpint.co.uk showing (amongst other things) the beers and ciders that we have available. We will try to keep this up to date and hope to list the beer festival beers as well, although it depends on perfectpint having the up-to-date brewery information first!
The Crown Inn is now a WiFi hotspot. B.T. customers can get unlimited access through B.T. Openzone. Non-B.T. customers, ask at the bar for a code to get you upto 60 minutes free access.
Hobson’s “Funkie Food & Ale Cookbook” is a hardback collection of recipes using Hobson’s Shropshire Ales. With a normal price £7.99, it is available from this local pub, only £7.50!!
In January, we ran our first event of 2014 for our Academy of Ale members. We were invited back to Market Drayton, visiting Joule’s Brewery and its Brewery Tap, the Red Lion, beautifully restored by Joule’s. We will be organising more beer-related events for Real Ale Fans through the year. Call in for more details.
Last May, we held “Gig for Life” in support of Deb’s Darlings, who took part in “Race for Life” against Breast Cancer. Our Quiz Night in May also raised money for “Gig for Life” and the total raised was an amazing £2,015.74! Thanks to everyone who took part and who turned up in support!! More Good News is that “Gig for Life” will run again on Saturday 17th May 2014. Details to follow!
More events will be coming soon!