The Crown Inn
Craven Arms
(01588) 640271.


Mon 6.30-11pm; Tue-Sat 12.30-2, 6.30-11pm; Sun 12.30-2, 7-10.30pm  



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Crown Inn  

A traditional inn on the border of South Shropshire and Wales, with good beer, great atmosphere and lovely accommodation with wonderful food.

Comfortable accommodation (dogs allowed) and good old-fashioned hospitality at the Crown Inn.

There is scrumptious food here (Mon 6.30-9pm; Tue-Sat 12-2pm, 6.30-9pm; Sun 12-2, 7-9pm), all home cooked using local fresh produce with the emphasis on flavour. The Crown has something to suit everyone from traditional English fayre through to European cuisine. They also provide a takeaway service.

The Crown Inn is beautifully set amidst glorious rolling South Shropshire countryside with superb food and ales combined with the personal service of a family run village inn - once discovered you will want to return again.

The Crown provides an excellent holiday base from which to explore and discover towns and villages that have evolved in tune with the land.

A great pub for walkers providing all manner of services to help you get the best out of walking the locality.

Winter Opening Hours

Opening Hours Food Service
Mon-Sat 6.30pm to 11.00pm 6.30-9pm
Sun 12-2pm 12-2pm



This pub participates in the increasingly popular Clun Valley Beer Festival in October. The latest owners of this pub pride themselves on running a quality bar with quality drinks to boot, and based on this, you are sure of a superb pint every time.

This pub is a beautiful example of a countryside pub. It is 17th Century Drovers Inn, and it retains its character. The locals are always welcoming and friendly, along with the bar staff and the owners.

The pub is in three sections. There is a very peaceful restaurant, with well arranged and spaced out tables. They certainly are not trying to pack you in and it is clear that as a customer, your interests are always put first before profits.

The restaurant also has two tables, which are located next to the traditional log fire - a welcoming touch when the weather outside is 'British'. These tables can be used for having a quiet drink away from the main bar, which normally develops a great atmosphere in the evenings. For great convenience, there is a small bar in this area so you do not have to carry your drinks through the bar in to this room.

The main bar is beautiful. It has a lovely layout with plenty of seating around the edges. There is also a log burner in this room too, which is again a welcoming touch.

The third area has seating for many people. This is a very modern room, which has just been overhauled for use as a function and games room.

This is possibly the only pub in the area with a pool table which has plenty of room. You certainly will not have to change your cue for a shorter one due to intruding walls.

The function room, as mentioned, has lovely tables and chairs and the bar staff will move tables around to accommodate bigger groups if your party should require this.

There is also a darts board and a large, wall-mounted flat screen television. This is a lovely touch as you can ask for any channel you want to watch, whether that's a music channel or ITV so you don't miss out on your soaps.

The disabled access is as good as it could be, given the age and character of this Inn. There is wheelchair access through the games and function room, and a slope in to the bar area, so access is provided. The staff are also very helpful and go out of their way to help disabled customers. On several occassions I witnessed the barman stop pouring a drink and rush over to hold the door open when he saw a customer trying to come in or leave with the aid of crutches. This is typical of the local people though, they are all a very kind, warm and friendly bunch.

The food range and quality is fantastic rom bar snacks to A La Carte meals and the chef is very skilled. I have to mention their carvery. They sometimes have special offers on, and I do believe it is still being run at present. This is a 2 for 1 offer on the carvery, making it around 3.50 or 4 each. This doesn't in any way mean the food isn't of a good standard! It is fantastic and is by far the most generous and spectacular carvery I sampled in the whole area. It is necessary to book, so the chef can buy in the produce fresh, which is nice to know!

The portions are very generous, and I cannot imagine anybody leaving unsatisfied with the quantity or quality of the food. If after your starter and main course you could even contemplate eating their desserts, well they are superb too.

They also offer a fish and chip shop style take away service.

The prices are very reasonable indeed, you won't begrudge paying the prices, especially when you sample the food. You will not be disappointed.

The accommodation was really just what we wanted. There were ensuite facilities, tea and coffee facilities and a television. They also offered a washing and drying service for your wet and dirty clothes, which is a lovely touch if you're walking the Offas Dyke. The rooms are very comfortable and inviting. This isn't a 5 star resort, but then if that's what you want you won't find it anywhere. For 30 Per Person Per Night, I can't fault it.

There is also a packed lunch option for the walkers. It is nice to be able to have a dinner and a fresh flask of tea or coffee to take on your venture with you! You will leave the accommodation feeling refreshed. Although the problem is, you probably won't want to leave.

It's very hard for me to pick any one best point. If I had to offer my best point, I would say the character of the pub is a foundation, but the friendly and bubbly staff are what truly makes it.

The only thing I will say is that there is no mobile telephone network in the village, on any mobile network. But then, that is partly why we loved the place. You can get away. If you do need to make contact with somebody, there is a telephone box in the pub car park, which can be used. (04/09/08 - John Makin)

The Crown is fantastic and resides in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. My favourite pub in the UK. (27/3/05)

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b&b, beer, food, beer garden, kids, real fire, no smoking, vegetarian, car park 


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up to 2 guests. 




Additional accommodation is available at:
Newcastle Hall Bed & Breakfast,
Newcastle-on-Clun, Craven Arms,
Shropshire. SY7 8QL.