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“Great pub to stay at”
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The Crown Inn
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great pub to stay at”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

We had a very comfortable spacious room with a modern en-suite in the converted barn attached to the pub. The atmosphere in the pub was very freindly and welcomiing. The food was great - all home cooked to order, and a good choice plus a good specials board. The staff went out of their way to help. We use small hotels, B&B's and country pubs often but this was by far the best we have stayed in. I would strongly recommend it to our friends, and if the area again would most certainly stay there.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Home Counties, U.K.
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Reviewed 22 May 2013 via mobile

In modern times when lots of stays are dominated by Holiday Inn Express, Premier Inn & Travelodge, my overnight visit to the Crown was a breath of fresh air. This was the old-fashioned concept of the weary traveller finding a very hospitable inn to stay at, with great food, drink and a lovely room. The Crown only has 5 rooms but has a really great approach to looking after guests. The bar food was of a very high standard and accompanied by a decent beer and good wine selection. Do try the specials and also their delicious desserts.

Staying a place like this makes you realise how often we accept second-best as the norm. Nothing was too much trouble and for a very reasonable cost. As I stay away a lot I will severely criticise bad service or attitudes but I am happy to give full praise where it's due. The brewery, Hall & Woodhouse of Blandford Forum, should be exceptionally proud of the job the guys at the Crown do. I had a hard day's work in front of me but felt in the right frame of mind after a great stay. Well done!

Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

Had a lovely meal, with my wife and her parents on the 17th. The atmosphere was only bettered by the service. James the barman and waiter was excellent taking time to see to all our needs. Offering advice on everything from the beer to the desserts. The food was excellent , well cooked and tasty . Sercha the chef checked that our meals were ok, and I have to say they were great. I had the crown burger and I can recommend it , although we all had different meals and they were all well recieved. If you are looking for a good night out with tasty, well cooked food and friendly service , then I would say go to the crown at marnhull .

  • Stayed April 2013
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2013 via mobile

Stayed for a night on business. What a freindly pub with great food and well looked after ale. Room was clean and nice with unlimited tea and coffee. Will definatley stop there again on when i am on business that way again.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Hampshire
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Reviewed 1 December 2012

Really great stay for one night in a comfortable, well-furnished room. The evening meal was lovely, the breakfast was huge. The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly, and the pub itself is a fine old building.

A perfect place for a night's break - good beer, good food, good company and a roaring log fire.

We'll be back!

Room Tip: We had room 3, couldn't hear a thing from the pub despite retiring early.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Blandford
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

Firstly I must point out that the correct name is The Crown Inn not Hotel. This is a superb example of a traditional English pub which is steeped in history. They have just hosted the most fantastic birthday party for me and the relatively new management of Darren and his staff simply could not do enough to make sure that the evening went with a bang! We were treated to an evening of excellent food coupled with good beer and wine in a great setting with good service. What's more it was very reasonably priced. We stayed for the night, as did some of our friends, and were given the most enormous room which was very tastefully furnished and had a very comfortable bed. The stay was rounded off by a huge full English breakfast, which after dinner the night before, we struggled to do full justice too. If you are looking for a country weekend break with good food and ale you will struggle to beat the Crown Inn for comfort and value.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 3 (Tess) which was recommended by the management and we wouldn't disagree with...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights (our honeymoon). From the minute we walked through the door the welcome, friendliness and service commenced and continued throughout our stay. The executive suite was exactly as described, very comfortable and clean without being pretentious. The breakfast was substantial, well cooked and hot! (excellent poached eggs). Evening menu, although not gourmet, met our needs and a request for something not on the menu was duly ordered and cooked to perfection.
Darren, Matt, James and the girls, thank you for making our stay so much fun and comfortable.

Dave and Fi

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Crown Inn
Address: Crown Road | Marnhull, Sturminster Newton DT10 1LN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Sturminster Newton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sturminster Newton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Crown Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A thatched 16th century traditional country inn located in the picturesque village of Marnhull & right in the heart of Thomas Hardy country! Steeped in history, with beautiful Dorset scenery, a warm welcoming atmosphere, luxury accommodation, award winning Dorset brewed Hall & Woodhouse Badger ales & great home cooked food served all day! ... more   less 
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