The Crown at Handsacre to have official re-opening

Ken and Doreen Gardner

Ken and Doreen Gardner

At a time when pubs throughout the country are reported to be closing at the rate of five every day people in a Staffordshire village have good reason to celebrate.

The Crown at Handsacre has just received a £250,000 refurbishment and is back open for business after being closed for several months.

It finally re-opened its doors  at the end of June and drinkers have been enjoying a selection of cask beers, great wines and lagers at the historic canal-side pub.

And on Tuesday July 21st there will be an official opening with new landlord and landlady  Ken and Doreen Gardner welcoming officials from Punch Taverns as well as local councillors, businesspeople and, or course, people from the village of Handsacre.

Ken, who along with wife Doreen, also run the Fox and Hounds in Shenstone, said he had been delighted by the response to the new-look Crown and was sure it had a bright future.

“Things are tough in the pub trade at the moment but we think we have got a great pub in a great place and we’re sure it will be a big success.

“We will be looking to attract custom from boaters using the canal but we also want to make it a special place for the people of Handsacre – a real local pub with all that that has to offer.”

Thought to date back to the 16th century in some parts The Crown was actually built before the canal and is a pub steeped in history – it is even thought to have its own ghost!

Boasting a large beer garden overlooking the canal it is hoped the pub will be popular with families, particularly through the summer months and there are plans to serve good pub food within the next few weeks.

“There may be people in the area who haven’t used The Crown for a long time. We are saying come along and give us a try, we’re sure you will like what we have to offer,” says Ken.

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1 Comment

  1. Andy

    21st July, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Glad to see pub in good position for future, wishing everyone at the pub well for future.
    Andy