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Great ales and food at this family-run village pub

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

In the picturesque village of Wrinehill, The Crown is just six miles south of Crewe and the same distance from Newcastle-under-Lyme so it’s well located for visitors crossing the borders of Staffordshire and Cheshire. The Davenhill family bought this 19th-century former coaching inn back in 1977 and it is now run by Anna and Mark Condliffe, the daughter and son-in-law of long-serving licensee Charles Davenhill. With an open-plan layout the pub retains its oak beams and famously large inglenook fireplace, always a welcome feature. The bar does a good line in well-kept real ales, with always a choice of seven, two each from Jennings and Marston’s, one from Salopian Ales and every week two microbrewery guests including their own ‘Legend’ ale; 15 wines are offered by the glass. Food is a major reason for the success of The Crown, not just for its consistent quality but for the generosity of the portions. Regularly changing menus are jam-packed with choice: from modestly priced light meals, such as home-made veggie chilli and rice; or marinated chicken tikka kebabs with onions, mushrooms and red and green peppers, to head chef Steve’s trademark minced beef or vegetable lasagne al forno or his ‘legendary’ beef and ale pie with a hint of Stilton. Anna, a vegetarian herself, recognises that choice should extend beyond mushroom Stroganoff, so alternatives such as Cheddar cheese and onion pasty with balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes, caramelised onion chutney and potatoes will always make a showing on the menus. For pudding, try home-made raspberry Bakewell with cream; or a slice of Bramley apple pie with hot custard. On their own menu, children will find locally produced pork and leek sausage with mash, peas and gravy; or scampi, chips and peas.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December
  • Days closed: Mon lunch
  • Opening times: 12-3 6-11 (Sunday 12-4 6-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Tuesday to Friday 12-2, Saturday to Sunday 12-3
  • Dinner opening: Sunday to Thursday 6-9, Friday 6-9.30, Saturday 6-10

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Marston's Pedigree and Burton Bitter, Jennings Sneck Lifter, Legend, Salopian, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Hogan's, Lyme Bay

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Getting here

On A531, 1 mile south of Betley. 6 miles south of Crewe; 6 miles north of Newcastle-under-Lyme

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