The Grade II listed Crown has stood in its lovely setting below the limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge since Tudor times. An impressive three-storey building, it served for a while as a Hundred House, a type of court, where the infamous ‘Hanging’ Judge Jeffreys sometimes presided over proceedings. Could it be that the black-swathed Charlotte, whose ghost is sometimes seen in the pub, once appeared before him? The main bar retains its sturdy oak beams, flagstone floors and prominent inglenook fireplace, and on offer are beers from the Three Tuns Brewery, as well as Thatchers and Stowford Press ciders. Owners Richard and Jane Arnold are well known for their strong commitment to good food, Richard being not only head chef but Shropshire’s only Master Chef of Great Britain, a title he has cherished for many years. Meals based on top-quality local produce from trusted sources are served in the main bar, the Bay dining area, and the Corvedale restaurant, the former court room. These may include dishes such as smoked salmon and chive fishcake with celeriac remoulade, red pepper jam and fennel herb dressing; home-made black pudding croquettes with Boston beans and crispy bacon; confit of lamb shoulder and home-made faggot, fondant potato, creamed cabbage and smoked onion; and spice-crusted roast cod loin with vegetable dhal and coriander pesto. Sundays here are deservedly popular, as are the Tuesday and Wednesday steak nights and regular pie and pudding nights when a typical dinner might start with toasted garlic and herb bread; followed by steak, mushroom and ale steamed suet pudding; and to finish, apple and raisin crumble. Three large bedrooms are in a converted Georgian stable block.