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Crown Inn

Address: Churchill, Winscombe, Somerset, BS25 5PP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 24451) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Yatton (4.7 miles)

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Nelson Arms, Churchill (0.2 miles), Stag and Hounds, Churchill (0.6 miles), Churchill Inn, Churchill (0.6 miles), Swan Inn, Rowberrow (0.6 miles), Star Inn, Star (0.8 miles) - see more nearby pubs

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A magical place, little changed since I accidentally stumbled across it whilst trying to park at the Nelson on the main road some time back in the 1980s. Beef sandwich, a nice pint and a chat with the bar staff or one of the regulars, it’s been delightfully the same year in year out. What all pubs should be like as far as I’m concerned, I would be very pleased indeed if this was my local.
Billyfish - 26 Aug 2014 16:27
It is with immense regret that I must report the untimely death of landlord Tim Rogers on 25th October, following a relatively short recurrence of the illness that looked set to get the better of him 7 years ago, but he beat off thanks to pioneering treatment. Sadly, this affliction rarely gives up, and this time round he did not beat the odds. Reportage from local CamRA publication 'Pints West' is as follows:

"Tim Rogers, landlord of the Crown Inn at Churchill, passed away on October 25 at the age of 65. His loss will be mourned by anyone who enjoyed a pint at one of the West Country’s most idiosyncratic pubs. Married to his wife Judith for 27 years, Tim signed a deal to buy the Crown on his wedding day – just three hours after the couple had tied the knot.

Tucked away up a muddy lane and with no pub sign outside, the Crown excelled at being exactly what it was, which was essentially an unspoiled old cottage that sold drink and food. With the support of his staff and a distinctive management style, Tim ran one of the most traditional yet quirky country pubs in the region. Log fires, excellent pub grub and up to nine cask ales made it a hostelry that was always high on the CAMRA list.

When Tim was behind the bar, he played the role of mine host and would always ask how you were. Tim had a passion for Austin Healey cars and won his class at Brands Hatch, qualifying him to race at Le Mans. He used to attend Le Mans with a group from the pub, taking with him English beers and roast beef – typifying the image of an English eccentric abroad. One local once visited the Crown and asked for a glass of Rioja. “Would you like Spanish Rioja?” Tim enquired, to the amusement of all.

On the Sunday before Christmas, the pub – currently being run by manager Russell on behalf of Judith – holds a sloe gin contest and this year a cup will be awarded in Tim’s memory. He is survived by Judith, his daughter Amy, step-children Andrew and Sally and grandchildren Sophie, Daisy, Liam, Matty and Lexie. A service of celebration was held at St Mary’s Church, Wedmore on November 8th and was understandably packed out."

RIP to a splendid chap, whose departure will be deeply-felt not just by the trade and local community alike, but also by those of us who could only pop in and enjoy the entertaining banter once every few months. We can only trust that his widow Judith and right-hand man Russell are able and willing to keep the Crown going. At the risk of a cliche too far, it really would be what Tim would've wanted, and what better legacy than a pub like this?

TWG - 5 Dec 2012 16:59
The PG steam was perfect, with lots more to choose from. Beautiful pub, large garden, with owners that care about the ale. Faultless
Dandillus - 29 Jul 2012 20:59
Made several visits since my last review 2010, Still an Alers dream and plenty of food being served to the copius numbers that have discovered this fine watering hole. Still gets my thumbs up
james55westhead - 3 Jun 2012 07:10
finally found this superb house i mean drinking establishment,no less than NINE ales were available from cask and the pint of RCH old slug porter(3.30) was spot on.lovely roaring fire and a building untouched in years.beware in that u need to know where u r looking to find this pub! 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 7 Feb 2012 20:43

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