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Crown Inn, Stanwix

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It's a fair walk from the station in Carlisle out to Stanwix, through a flood-hit area. But Stanwix is up a steep hill and therefore untouched, or at least the two pubs I tried here were. Both were open before midday on a Sunday. The Crown Inn is a 2-bar community local, with friendly staff. Locals were gearing up for the FA Cup match. Greene King IPA & Thwaites Wainwright were the ales. I opted for a keg cider. Nice enough pub. But could do with a more adventurous ale on.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Feb 2016 21:51
This pub, around 5 minutes walk from my house, is sadly dying a Pubco death. It is a beautifully designed pub from the State Management era, situated bang on Hadrian's Wall in a well-to-do part of town. With a little imagination, investment and TLC, it could be great again, but I am not optimistic.

Why am I so negative about one of my locals? Try one of the real ales. Or rather, don't (go to the King's Head in town instead). In The Crown, they're badly kept and virtually undrinkable. Want a lager? One night last summer I counted 17 types available - every single one a generic euro-fizz mega-brand. What's the point? Who can tell the difference? Tonight, I tried a Stella. Hard to mess up keg lager, but this was wretched. No matter, it had gone off before I thought about another one. The Carling and Foster's were off too, by the way, leaving Coors Light as the only draft lager available. Yep ... the old joke about sex in a canoe springs to mind.

I hate saying this. I want to have a great pub on my doorstep, bursting with locals and tourists alike. It wouldn't take much - an imaginative beer list and some decent food (HELLO OWNERS! Have you been down Devonshire Street lately?) yet I feel the dead, conspiratorial hand of the Pubco lying heavy on The Crown: great location, CA3, near the university, 10 minutes walk to town ... Let's run the old girl down, level it, turn it into flats. Who'd miss it?

I rate The Crown these days as a 1, if only for the stoic, friendly locals (myself included). Who'd miss it? We would. That's why we need to ask ... who'll save The Crown?
mikeyangela - 9 Apr 2014 01:33
great student pub,really good discounts and really good food. since gemma and danny took over its a much more welcoming place.
brampton_rd_student - 18 Jan 2010 14:13
A very unpleasant place to drink these days, I've been a student at the local uni for 3 years and always enjoyed a few beers here... since the previous owners left (didn't know them personally but always friendly and good food) the place has gone seriously downhill. Unfriendly staff, a manager who looks like he'd rather punch you than serve you a drink, and no effort with sports or food... visit the Hourglass down the road, at least the staff know how to smile.
carlisle_student - 30 Jan 2008 16:11
great pub no more now that the brewery has seen fit to dump paul and janet out on the streets,avoid at all costs let the buggers suffer
anonymous - 12 Apr 2007 20:23
paul and janet have been "mine hosts" in this establishment for many years now.we like to think they got it right. as it happens the crown is a good place with good customers. that tends to help.and busy of course.
anonymous - 24 Aug 2005 21:28

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