Having just returned from a 2 night stay at The Crown Inn I thought I'd put pen to paper, so to speak, and give my opinion of our experience at this quiet country B&B. Very easy to find, and park, we were met by Debbie who explained the lay of the land and showed us to our room. The room was clean and well furnished and had a very nice view. I would imagine that some people might be turned off by it being on the main road with no double glazing but as it is a very quiet location there was very little traffic so we were never bothered by any noise problems. We were surprised to find that the pub was closed and the bar was only open to the guests (I thought perhaps there would be some interest from the locals at the weekends at least) and Debbie informed us that if we wanted a drink before the bar opened at 7pm that we only had to ring for her and she would come and serve us. We wandered down to the restaurant at 7.30 and sat near the large wood burner/fire to have a drink before we had our evening meal. There was no lager on draft so it was bottles only for me. Not the end of the world but I would have preferred a pint or two and not to have bottled lager (not a big choice either). The food, however, was excellent. Not huge choices but everything we had was of a very good quality. There were many meals which included mushrooms which is great if you like them, but if you don't, like my wife, if did limit the choice a little. The chef did alter one of the meals to make sure the mushrooms were omitted. My only negative comment was that the portions weren't exceptionally large, but that just might be me being a greedy so and so. After a good night sleep we made our way down to breakfast. Again the food was of a very high quality and set us up for the day. We ate at the restaurant again that evening and it was another enjoyable experience. Previous reviews have mentioned that there was little atmosphere there because of the pub being closed but we had an enjoyable evening chatting to the other 3 couples who were staying there. That interaction made the following morning's breakfast a more enjoyable affair as we all chatted while we ate.
In closing, Debbie runs a very nice B&B. It's in a very quiet location and great if you want to escape for a few days. We would certainly consider returning one 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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- Also Known As:
- The Crown Inn Newcastle-On-Clun, Shropshire