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by Tony Collins (subscribe)
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Published September 8th 2015
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There can be few more 'captivating' pubs around than The Crown which provides a key focal point in the pretty Staffordshire village of Elford.

For this traditional country hostelry was originally the local courthouse and jail.

The Crown, Elford
The Crown in Elford still draws them in

And visitors today can still see a semblance of the building's former life if they pop in for a welcoming pint or bite to eat.

The Crown is a grade 2 listed building dating back to at least the 18th century.

Back in the 1700s the upstairs rooms were used as a courthouse where the justice of the day was regularly delivered.

The Crown, Elford
Evidence of the cells can still be found in what is now the dining room

And, depending on the verdict, the defendants may well have ended up in the cells, which now serve as the pub's compact but enticing dining room.

Evidence of The Crown's historical past can also be seen in the beamed ceilings which feature throughout the pub, as well as real fires in both the main bar and lounge which provide an extra welcoming attraction during winter.

The pub has recently been renovated following a change of ownership, but has certainly lost none of its olde worlde charm.

The Crown, Elford
The bar area in the main lounge

I was there to enjoy a welcoming real ale to quench my thirst on a recent warm, sunny day, but visitors can also take advantage of good quality British pub food all cooked fresh in the separate restaurant.

The Crown serves three regular beers, namely Burton Bridge Sovereign Gold, Burton Bridge XL Mild, and Draught Bass, although I am told that Sovereign Gold is occasionally replaced by Golden Delicious.

The Crown, Elford
The welcoming lounge area of The Crown

Fortunately that was not the case on my visit as the Sovereign Gold proved to be delicious, but in fairness to my hosts I also tried a drop of the guest beer which turned out to be Peakstone Rock's Peregrine.

As in keeping with many country pubs, The Crown does not feel the need for a jukebox, but there is a pool room in the back if you fancy wielding a cue.
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Why? Beautful Real Ales In A Welcoming Village Pub
When: All year
Phone: 01827 383602
Where: The Square, Elford, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 9DB
Cost: £3.20 for a pint of real ale
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