Thursday, 22 September 2016
#194 The Crown Inn, Alrewas, Staffordshire : 1997 to 2015
Alrewas is a lovely village on the Trent & Mersey Canal that we've only visited infrequently because of its position relative to our canal cruising round trips. There are at least three pubs in the village (at time of writing!) so it is always a welcome stop when we are passing through.
The first time we visited The Crown Inn was on the evening of Monday 1st September 1997 on our way back from Nottingham.
I don't remember much about the interior other than it being a comfortable village pub that served food.
We returned to Alrewas on the evening of Saturday 23rd August 2003.
This coincided with the Wychnor Boat Rally that is held each August Bank Holiday so the pubs in the village were packed. We couldn't get any food so we decamped to Lichfield for the rest of the evening.
Our next foray into Alrewas was at lunchtime on Monday 31st August 2009, this time heading towards Nottingham.
Again, there is little discernible change to the exterior, the only minor changes being the removal of the parasols and the disappearance of the crown sign that had appeared in 2003.
Our most recent visit to Alrewas was at lunchtime on Good Friday 3rd April 2015.
Now that's what I call a transformation! Twelve years and virtually no changes...and then this! Inside it is now done out in the modern pub and dining style, but fortunately it hasn't gone all the way to being a restaurant. To see pictures, The Crown website is here.