My wife and I stayed a couple of nights in early September, and there is no doubt that The Crown has a lot going for it - a nice old building in a beautiful part of the Shropshire hills, offering excellent bed and breakfast with clean, comfortable rooms and friendly service. But there are downsides - our evening meals were disappointing, and the pub lacked any sort of atmosphere, with only a couple of locals in on the Tuesday night, and nobody at all the next night as the pub was shut. It is also closed every lunchtime (except Sundays), and on the evenings when it does open, it doesn't do so until 7pm. It's a vicious circle of course, the owners say it isn't worth opening for longer because the locals don't use the pub, while the locals we talked to in the village complained that the pub was never open. While we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Crown to anyone looking for a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast before a day's walking around the beautiful local countryside, it is not the place for anyone who enjoys a sociable drink at the end of the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 17th-century country inn serving real ales & excellent home-cooked fayre, full of character & charm, with great atmosphere & real log fires. Newcastle is ideally suited to those who enjoy walking, cycling, fishing & golfing or visiting the historic towns in and around the South Shropshire Hills, the Welsh border & beyond... ... more less
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