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Published September 9th 2019
A warm welcome awaits visitors to delightful village pub
A charming village pub awaits visitors to Wigginton near Tamworth in Staffordshire. The Old Crown has been serving customers in the village for generations but has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, including an extension at the rear of the premises to provide a larger dining area with apparently a greater emphasis on the restaurant side of the business. Another, more recent addition has been a lovely new bar layout within the central part of the pub, that sits on Main Street, Wigginton, barely a mile outside the town of Tamworth.
The Old Crown, well run by manager Sally Elizabeth Gilkes, is part of the Marston's Brewery chain so inevitably serves the popular Marston's Pedigree as its regular beer. However, cask ale fans will be delighted to know that it offers a frequently changing variety of guest beers to satisfy their taste buds. On the day that I visited with a friend of mine the guest beers included Wainwright's plus Boon Doggle from the Ringwood Brewery. I chose the Wainwright's, which was priced at £3.20 a pint, while my friend opted for the Pedigree at a slightly cheaper £3.10 a pint. In addition, the pub also serves four draft lagers, two ciders, and Guinness, as well as an expanded selection of 30 gins in keeping with the popular trend for this particular spirit. This appealing country pub is clearly separated into a comfortable lounge, which has been tastefully decorated and features fresh flowers on the tables and a couple of cosy armchairs by the woodstove, and a typical, almost old-fashioned bar. The bar houses a large TV for people to watch sport, such as England's current European 2020 qualifying matches.
As mentioned earlier, the pub is focussing heavily on its dining options, hence the previous extension to increase the size of the lounge. And if that is still not large enough to cope with demand, especially in the spring and summer months, there is a considerable beer garden at the rear which includes a couple of large enclosed dining areas which can comfortably sit eight to ten people. And, further afield still, there is an actual field on the other side of the car park that houses a picnic table or two. As well as enjoying the view, you can also hire the field for such events as weddings. The Old Crown menu includes popular favourites including pasta, steaks and fish and chips as well as a range of vegetarian options. And if you enjoy a roast at the weekend, then why not check out the Sunday lunch menu. The pub along offers seasonal menus such as refreshing summer salads on hot summer's days.
To help with affordability, there are special meal nights such as any grill for £7 on a Monday, and a curry or a burger for just £6 on Wednesdays and Saturdays respectively. My friend and I found the lounge to be pretty full with diners when we turned up shortly after 6pm. And, although we weren't eating on this occasion, the meals being served certainly looked pretty appetising. Maybe another time.
The pub boasts a sizeable beer garden, with a field beyond the car park