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“Very nice country B&B”
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The Crown Inn
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

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.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have just returned from a two night stay at The Crown Inn. Debbie and her team are very welcoming and attentive. The room we stayed in (room 2) was charming with lots of original features. The breakfast was plentiful and cooked to a high standard (my bacon was crispy as requested). We ate at the Crown on both evenings. All our meals were very good. It was really kind of the the lovely young lady who waited on our table who mentioned to the Chef that I liked Rhubarb crumble and on our second night Rhubarb and Apple crumble was on offer. We were lucky that there were three other couples staying there at the same time so we had very enjoyable evenings chatting and laughing together after dinner. There are lots of lovely villages and towns to see in Shropshire and I would recommend Ludlow and Ironbridge. The Crown Inn is highly recommended and we will definitely stay there again.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank JanineHam
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

This was a birthday gift to my husband. Although we have lived in North Shropshire for many years, we've never explored the South of the county until this visit. We had no difficulty finding the venue, driving straight to it via Clun. We found it a superb 'base' to explore the surrounding area, adding visits to neighbouring villages, and towns, discovering an amazingly zany museum, The Land of Lost Content, Craven Arms, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, plus English Heritage properties, Stokesay Castle and Whitley Court. I cannot recommend Debbie and The Crown Inn, Newcastle on Clun, Shropshire, more highly. From the moment we arrived, Debbie's welcome and unobtrusive attention to detail really made us feel comfortably 'at home'. The room was very clean and comfortable with lovely little touches, like a jar of sweets, bottled water, electric blanket (although, due to [mostly] good weather we didn't need to use this) and had a lovely view. The food was excellent, home cooked, and could compare very favourably alongside far more expensive venues. Having had previous experience of the 'Saniflo toilet system', we found that simple common sense was all that was needed to manage a fuss (and noise) free stay for ourselves and other visitors - don't flush during the night unless absolutely essential. We both enjoyed the local 'real ale' that was on offer. We WILL return to sample more of these delights.

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Thank Sandra H
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

I would like to first of all stress that our break was disappointing but only because our expectations were incorrect. We stayed at the Crown 24th to 26th May and were under the impression that it was a country real ale pub with some accommodation. What we found was that the public bar had unfortunately closed and the Crown is now just a B&B which serves food to residents. We had expected a busy pub, full of locals, walkers, residents. There is a cosy little area with a bar for residents only but as there was only us sat there, it was lacking in atmosphere! The bottled lager was warm as the fridge had clearly only just been switched on and my husband decided not to try the 1 beer on offer.

Having said all that, the room and breakfast were good value for money and Debbie was a good host. The only complaints with regard to the room were noise related : the toilet used a Saniflo system and we could therefore clearly hear each time the people in the neighbouring room used theirs. We couldn't flush during the night or use the en suite light due to the noise. The walls were very thin due to the age of the property and everything next door could be heard.

On the first night we ate at the Crown as dinner was part of our deal. The food was good pub grub and the house red was very palatable. On the 2nd night we took a taxi from the lady next door into Clun and ate at a local pub. The return fare was only £12 so well worth doing if you fancy something other than watching TV in your room.

All in all we would recommend the Crown for those wanting to get away from it all and enjoy some local walks.

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We arranged a 3 night stay here to celebrate our brother's very special birthday and were not dissappointed! The location, accommodation and service all absolutely hit the spot and contributed hugely to a very successful weekend

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank 890chris
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We had a lovely one night stay with friends who had a voucher. Both rooms 1 and 3 were very comfortable with great views, the bottle of water and sweetie jar a bonus. Very relaxed stay, evening meal served by Holly (who was delightful), the food home cooked was delicious praise to the young chef, the apple and rhubarb crumble prepared with rhubarb from Holly's mum's garden was especially delicious. We had a warm welcome from Debbie and family, especially the first drink from the bar after a long journey, try the Ludlow Ale on tap delicious, would definitely stay again beautiful area, would recommend a visit to Ludlow close by and nearby Stokesay Castle.

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Thank colinandjunep
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Just what was needed,weather not great but had a lovely weekend break and recharged the batteries. Thanks to Debbie and all the staff who made us feel at home and kept kept us well fed and watered,Hope to return when i retire to chill again.

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Thank Skemstokie
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Additional Information about The Crown Inn

Address: The Briars 4368 Main Street, Newcastle-on-Clun SY7 8QL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Newcastle-on-Clun
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Newcastle-on-Clun
Price Range: £87 - £91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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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