What can I say? After a day out in Ludlow my girlfriend and I, perhaps rather foolishly with hindsight, misjudged our petrol situation en route home to Liverpool. We made a beeline for the nearest petrol station, which due to the time of year, was unfortunately (for us) closed. Being out in rural England we didn't fancy our chances in heading out into the abyss of unfamiliar territory. Luckily we were more or less on the doorstep of The Crown Inn, where we went inside to seek assistance in finding a local petrol station. On entering we got an immediate good feel for the place. The pub was as occupied as you may expect from a Saturday evening but the comforting and homely atmosphere was what struck us. We rather sheepishly explained our predicament to the approachable and helpful girl behind the bar who confirmed our thoughts in so much as the nearest petrol station was going to be further away than the petrol we had in our tank, would allow us to travel.
The local residents at the bar also overheard and offered their help, one of whom even said "I haven't even got any petrol in the shed, you could have had it". We resorted to 'Plan B' and asked if there was an chance of us taking a room for the night. The young girl behind the bar kindly told me that she was going to fetch the owner Jane. Sadly there are not enough people in the world like Jane; and she truly was a life saver. As it happened there had been a cancellation so we were in luck, however I got the impression that we would not have been turned away had that not have been the case. As far as hostesses go this lady was second to none. Nothing was too much trouble for her, we were shown to our room which was a beautiful and quaint en suite bedroom situated at the back of the main listed building. The original beams from the building gave the room personality and character, it was homely and comfortable. We had a large television and a large selection of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Being 6ft 6 in height I often struggle with bed size in hotels but this bed was probably big enough for 3.
After arguably the best nights sleep I've had in months we went down into the bar area for breakfast. One thing that sticks out is the fast number of commendations on display in the bar/ restaurant area. I can tell you first hand that they are more than deserving. The full English breakfast consisted of all local produce. The Shropshire sausage rivaled any I've had, the sweet cure bacon was like nothing I've ever tasted and the black pudding was quite honestly out of this world.
On departure we thanked Jane for all that she had done for us to which she said we were more than welcome at anytime in the future. She shook both mine and my girlfriends' hand and wished us all the best. I can safely say I'll make the trip out to Munslow again just to stay in The Crown. I'm looking forward to working my way through their al a carte menu on the back of such a tremendous breakfast.
We would like to wish Jane and her husband all the very best for the future. They should be proud of such a fantastic establishment in such idyllic surroundings. We can't speak highly enough of our experience.
If you're out in this part of the country you'd be mad to stay anywhere else.
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