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The Crown, Ashley - pub details

Address: 24, Newmarket Rd, Ashley, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9DR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 20190) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Newmarket (3.6 miles), Kennett (3.9 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.2/10 (rated by 6 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Red Lion, Cheveley (1.1 miles), Affleck Arms, Dalham (1.6 miles), Reindeer, Saxon Street (1.8 miles), Kings Head, Moulton (1.8 miles)

user reviews of the Crown, Ashley

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Pleasantly surprised to find this one no longer under the Greedy King Empire but operating as a Free House. Something that happened during 2015 apparently.
Four hand pumps are now on the bar with three in operation with ales from local breweries in the form of Mighty Oak IPA, Mauldons Pickwick and one called the Cure from the Shortts Farm Micro brewery in Suffolk.
The IPA and Pickwick were tried and found in good nick..
The pub has been spruced up a bit internally since my last visit but its basically the same as described below and the external enclosed garden is a great spot when the sun is out..
Nice to find this one still functioning well as a village local and now with something decent to drink instead of the ubiquoutous brews that GK flood this part of the world with..
Gann - 30 Mar 2017 14:47
I'd tried to visit the Crown earlier on in the day. But it wasn't opening until evening on New Year's Day. So we decided to give it another go. It has a main bar area, with a smaller area at the back that was not in use. There was a smattering of locals and a large dog sprawled across 2 large seats near the fire. Ales were Mighty Oak IPA & Bingle Jells & XT 2. Ciders were Woodalls Wizard's Sleeve, Westons Flat Tyre & Burnards Oakey Dokey. I went for the Wizard's Sleeve, which was a new one on me and very pleasant too. Locals seemed quite amused with the name. I'm glad we made the journey back, as this was possibly my favourite pub in Cambridgeshire on the day.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Jan 2017 21:13
The Crown is a friendly village local located East of Newmarket in the village of Ashley. It is now the sole village pub after the Plough up the road shut down to reopen as a restaurant.
Externally it is an attractive red brick and flint building which dates back to pre-1700 when it was a farm building. Local records have it being sold in 1868 for £750 to a local merchant Samuel Turner who in turn sold it to Greene King in 1890 who then turned it into a pub..
Internally it is two bars separated by an open doorway. The front bar operates more as the public with a carpeted section in front of the bar and then a wood floor section with dart board and pool table to the side. And then the rear bar is more lounge like with more comfortable seating. Then at the rear of the pub is the car park and an enclosed garden and covered smoking area.
Have been in a few times over the years due to having relations in the village and it is a well run community pub which maintains darts, crib and petanque teams and hosts poker nights. The only thing that lets it down for me is that although there are a couple of hand pumps on the bar, it is tied to the evil Greedy King empire, thus the only offerings, although well kept, are usually GK IPA and Abbot.

Gann - 29 Oct 2013 16:31
First visit in a decade, and remains a very liable Greene King local, with beer quality well above the average for West Suffolk, GK's home. Simple but functional interiors and a decent welcome.
mtaylor40 - 31 Jan 2012 19:23

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