But the building, parts of which are said to date back some 500 years, also provided a vital service in the dim and distant past when it housed the village post office when the mail coach made regular stops in Alrewas.
The side of The Crown with new outdoor decking area
However, the intimate snug, known as the Tiller Room, survived the renovation work for those customers who still hanker for a cosy, secluded spot, although some of the tables and seats next to the bar also provide a good deal of privacy.
An indication of the pub's history comes with the numerous old photographs of Alrewas that adorn the walls of the pub.
The other refurbishment work included a new outside drinking area, upgraded toilets, and a new stone-baked pizza oven to increase the range of locally sourced and home-cooked food available.
The pub serves food from 12 noon to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sundays. Pizzas are available from Thursday nights to Saturday, while special menus include fish nights on Thursday and steak night on Friday.
In addition, The Crown, which is just yards from the Trent & Mersey Canal, also introduced a range of new drinks, including cask ales, cocktails, fine wines and speciality coffees.
Its regular beers consist of Draught Bass, Marston's Pedigree, and Sharp's Doom Bar, plus one changing beer which, on the day I visited, was the wonderfully named Ya Numpty by Norwich-based Morgan's Ales.
Part of the outdoor seating area including the main beer garden