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!

Well, here we go again! Lockdown may be over in name but, for pubs, the new “Tier 2.1” is little different from full Lockdown. We have considered the option of providing a “substantial meal” to meet the new rule of operating “as a restaurant”. However, we are not equiped to do that and, unless the Government changes its mind again, we not able to operate “as a pub” in Tier 2.1. Instead, at the Crown Inn, you ARE allowed our best alternative of buying your drink from us and taking it home or to the restaurant of your choice!

Now that “non-essential shops” are allowed to open, that’s what we have become at the Crown Inn. Sadly, to do so at the Elephant & Castle is not viable at the moment. You can now come inside the Crown Inn to get your takeaway drinks, rather than having to arrange this in the car-park, as the Government had previously wanted!

OPENING TIMES

As the Government is to review the Tiers every two weeks, we can only advise our hours of opening two weeks at a time. Therefore, from 3rd to 19th December, our doors at the Crown Inn are open on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. for you to take your drinks home, or even next door to Bangla Pride. We are also open for you to collect drinks at other times by arrangement via the Beer Shop Line on 07901 513085.

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

TAKING CARE of YOUR HEALTH

While Tier 2.1 is in force, you still have Health Requirements in effect. Customers must still wear face coverings inside the building and should use hand-gel on arrival. Sadly, seats and tables are out of use and the back room and toilets are closed. Please come to the serving table near the front bar to place your order, giving at least one metre’s space between yourself and others being served. We happily accept debit cards as an alternative to cash.

OUR 25th ANNIVERSARY!

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 this 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 have been able to re-launch the Crown Inn’s regular Quiz Night on the last Sunday of each month. 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. We hope our next Quiz will be on Sunday 27th December, but 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 have now caught up and been “laying” well.

Following our successful Beer Line service during the first lockdown, 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. November’s is obviously cancelled but we hope to bring it back in December.

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, 7x 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!