The Crown Inn re-opens to great praise in Handsacre

After a £250,000 refurbishment, The Crown Inn at Handsacre had an official re-opening and The Lichfield Blog were invited along to take a look.

Our resident photographer, Nick lent me his camera and with a little help from my friend I got some shots of the new look.

As you’ll hopefully see from the photos, landlord and lady Ken and Doreen Gardner have kept true to the pub’s roots – keeping the original beams, fireplace and floors – whilst updating the space with a modern pastel green and making the pub more open and light.

We spoke to some of the locals present and they really liked the new look. Some said The Crown Inn is now “the best pub in Hansacre and Armitage” and that it is “1,000 times better” but it wasn’t all good – one man I spoke to said it needed a cash machine! Some did say it had lost a bit of it’s character but felt it was a good mix of old and new and they’ll definitely be visiting often.

The pub has obviously been around for generations – I spoke to a man who had been living in Handsacre for 42 years, and a couple who had their wedding reception there.

The Crown Inn has the line-up at the bar that you would expect from a traditional village pub, and a menu to match. Their menu boasts everything you would expect from an English pub as well as a light bites menu which adds Pizza, Ciabatta and Tortilla Wraps. Ingredients are “sourced locally where possible” and there’s even dishes including Staffordshire Ham and Staffordshire Sausage to enjoy, not to mention the boast of “probably the best liver & onions on the planet.” Sunday Roast is available at a very affordable £4.95, too.

Overall the pub has a nice calm feel. It’s a place you can imagine relaxing in after a long day at work and the regulars really make you feel comfortable. Ken and Doreen along with licensee Tracey Barnett and the rest of the staff are all perfectly friendly and welcoming.

More info, including the full menu can be found at The Crown Inn web site.

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