Hyde Lea Bank
Open all day
Records show that there were formerly two licensed premises in Hyde Lea. The now defunct Dun Cow was a beer house while the Crown was apparently the outlet for spirits. The present licensees at the Crown, Wayne and Jenny Massey, have been running the pub for just over 12 months now. In that time they have transformed what was a run down establishment into a thriving one, which the locals say is bringing the village back to life.
With no shop in Hyde Lea, the Masseys started selling general convenience items such as milk, eggs, tea, and essential toiletries, thus providing a valuable service for the village.
Regular outings are organised from the Crown and fundraising is also strongly supported. The Crown now has its own darts. domino and football teams. A cricket team is also sponsored.
The traditional bar with its real fire caters for folk from the surrounding area and villagers alike. The smoke-free lounge can be used for private functions. Traditional bar food is served, and much of the produce used is sourced locally.
The landlords have gained the Cask Marque award for the quality of their traditional ales. These include Banks's Original and Bitter, and three changing guest beers, which on a recent visit were Black Sheep Special Ale, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Caledonian Deuchars IPA.
The Crown is open all day, every day, from noon onwards. Meals are served every lunchtime until 2pm (3pm Sunday) and evenings (except Sunday) from 6pm to 8pm.
The Crown is situated at the top of Hyde Lea Bank in the village of Hyde Lea and is best reached by leaving the A449 at Rising Brook (2 km south of Stafford) and proceeding along Burton Manor Road for about 11/2 km.
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3 guest beers
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From: D:£25-30pp, S:£35-45