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by Tony Collins (subscribe)
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Published November 9th 2015
From Village Post Office to Home of Real Ale & Good Food
The Crown pub in the pretty Staffordshire village of Alrewas continues to provide a valuable service to the local population just as it has done for centuries beforehand.

This popular drinking establishment, situated in the older part of the village which lies just off the main A38, is a former coaching inn.

The Crown, Alrewas
The Crown pub in Alrewas

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 Crown, Alrewas
The side of The Crown with new outdoor decking area

The Crown, the majority of which is around 300 years old, recently underwent a major refurbishment when the old public bar and the lounge area were merged into a single L-shaped room.

The Crown, Alrewas
Part of the new L-shaped bar and lounge

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 Crown, Alrewas
The main bar with a selection of ales on offer

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.

The Crown, Alrewas
The former village post office is now a pub

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.

The Crown, Alrewas
Part of the outdoor seating area including the main beer garden

The new, improved outdoor seating area includes a rear pub garden plus picnic tables at the front and a decking area at the side. But on a windy Tuesday lunchtime in November I chose to sit inside.
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Why? Enjoy Real Ale In Former Village Post Office
When: All year
Phone: 01283 791217
Where: Post Office Road, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE13 7BS
Cost: 3.20 for pint of Ya Numpty
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