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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 to head chef Steve’s ‘legendary’ beef and ale pie with a hint of Stilton. For pudding, try home-made raspberry Bakewell with cream; or Bramley apple pie with hot custard.

Opening hours

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

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: 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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