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Crown Hotel, Nantwich

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user reviews of the Crown Hotel, Nantwich

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Significantly NOT in the 2016 Good Beer Guide!
founddrunkinyourgarden - 21 Oct 2015 20:29
Another place I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed before. Basically an upmarket hotel but with a reasonable range of real ales in the bar. An historic black and white timbered building on the main street adjacent to town square. To reach the bar you have to go past the hotel reception, and can then reach it by turning either left or right.

The bar usually has a range of 4 or 5 real ales on tap. This has varied, but nowadays there seems to always be two Salopian beers available – and I’m not very keen on their beers. On my last visit I tried Rudgate No 20 (a kaffir lime wheat beer) – a bit strange ! A regular in the Good Beer Guide, but I don’t really know why.

On my last visit a noticed a few changes. All the tables were set for dining (at 2.30pm on a Saturday) – I’m sure they weren’t before. There was a pianist playing lice “muzak” that no-one was listening to. And the dreaded Big Screen TV Football had made an appearance.

6/10 – not bad, but not as good as CAMRA like to think it is

Martinsh - 23 Aug 2015 23:00
Not sure how this place manages to hold down a regular Good Beer Guide slot. Decent enough mild on a recent visit but my friend's beer was undrinkable and had to be returned. I think that the hotel spends too much time worrying about food and wedding parties rather than concentrating on its cask ales.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 5 Jan 2015 22:28
An upmarket hotel bar with several hand pumps. Maybe I'm easier to please than some of the other reviewers but I quite liked the "trancey" sound.
16jamesdoc - 29 Oct 2013 16:50
Quirky old hotel with a reasonable selection of ales, the Kelham Island Summer Breeze was very acceptable
Illavhalf - 2 Sep 2013 23:05
Decent enough bar, ale was good on my visit (25/02/12)
pwilkins - 1 Mar 2012 12:51
Intrusive (and rather crap music) didn't improve a visit to this structurally superb inn. Ale quality was average at best.
founddrunkinyourgarden - 29 Dec 2011 16:54
An old hotel on (and leaning in to) the pedestrianised High Street. It is very much a hotel bar as you pass reception to get to it. Awful cheesy background music and dreadful pint of the 'house' Crown Ale, which I left most of, would not endear me to a return visit.
anonymous - 8 Oct 2011 11:37
Comments on Black Lion apply equally to this upmarket hotel - go to view a fantastic building rather than beer quality (it was OK).
mtaylor40 - 1 Mar 2011 20:04
Lovely old building with nice interor. 4 ales. Tried a local ale, very nice. Busy when we were there (Sat midday).

Average glass of dry white wine.
dave288 - 26 Sep 2010 20:29
The Crown Hotel is an impressively large black and white timbered building in the centre of Nantwich. On the wall outside, a plaque tells us that the building was rebuilt on site in 1585 on the site of an earlier inn destroted by fire in 1583. It was a coaching stop on the London - Chester run. Despite it being predominantly a hotel - The Best Western Crown Hotel - the attractive exterior, coupled with a blackboard listing several real ales, encouraged me inside.

The bar in the hotel has the predictable wonky beams, sloping floor and a comfortable, pleasant feel to it. Beers on were Titanic Anchor, Titanic Golden Age and Woodlands Crown Ale, which, as the name suggests, is brewed specially for the pub by the local Woodlands Brewery. The Titanic Anchor - 2.95p - was a superbly spicy and bittery pint.

The barman seemed genuinely chuffed that someone had come in specifically to sample the real ales and, somewhat ironically, the Titanic Anchor was easily the best pint of my Nantwich mini - tour. You do need to remember however that this is principally a hotel bar and not a pub.
JohnBonser - 24 May 2010 17:48
4 pumps serving a good selection of beers. They have 2 local beers, a national, and a smaller brewery on offer. Tried a woodlands and a rudgate mild. Both were fantastic and well conditioned. decor is olde worlde stylish, and the barman was very welcoming. Well worth a visit.
topofhehops - 17 Mar 2010 03:08
We were disappointed with this pub (not the hotel). We thought it was scruffy (not quaint), a bit rough and very cold. Had two pints, a bitter from Stoke and a Flowers IPA. They both tasted the same which was odd. Not very nice either and I usually like the IPA. Couldn't fault the bar staff though (except the cellar man)
Chad - 11 Jan 2010 19:56
Beer prices still similar to anywhere else in Nantwich (ie expensive). Had a couple of guest ales, very genteel, but also has TV screens
oftenscore6 - 12 Feb 2009 11:45

Weve got to tell that when (on the recommendation of the barman at the Crown) we entered this pub, we were very hungry. When we left the pub, we thought we couldnt have been, as we left so much. Not because the food was bad, (it was brilliant) but because there was so much of it. Even Desperate Dan would have struggled.

The beer was excellent, the customers were a great laugh and oh, that barmaid, the blonde one with page three credentials !


pubinspectors - 10 Oct 2007 09:20
Called in looking for food at the wrong time, but the nice man behind the bar was so nice in instructing us as to where we could find food, that we stayed for a drink anyway.

We called in again following our meal, just because the man was so nice.

This is a nice pub, pretty old and has had some interesting building work done to keep it looking that way.

Ale in good condition (no Greene King).

The whole experience was enhanced by barmaids with see-through blouses (sadly wearing bras).

pubinspectors - 10 Oct 2007 09:19
Jimbo hits the mark,good town centre pub....on the down side there were some fearsome lasses squealing at 'deal or no deal' on the big screen.
dis - 28 Dec 2006 16:11
Impressive 17th century hotel in the centre of town.
On walking in, I must admit I expected this place to be overpriced and snobby, but I was pleasantly surprised. The beer prices were'nt much higher than other pubs in the area, and that was for a decent pint. The bar staff and landlord were friendly. The surrounding pleasant. All in all, worth a visit if you're in the town centre.

jimbosmith - 7 Feb 2005 01:40

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