Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Crown, Elford....

Wednesday's 'Beer Ride' this week saw us making a trip to 'The Crown Inn' in the charming Staffordshire village of Elford.

Elford is situated on the bank of the River Trent between Lichfield and Tamworth. It is said to derive its name from the great number of eels with which the river here formerly abounded. We arrived after travelling from Burton on Trent in hot, summery conditions. The tables outside the pub were busy with people enjoying the glorious evening. We managed to find a table and enjoyed the first of 3 pints of really quite refreshing and welcome beer.

The Crown has changed landlords quite frequently over the last few years - and on our visit this evening it seemed there is another new face in charge. However the pub was busy and I noted with interest that they have a varied and interesting series of Gourmet Food nights - Tapas night was last week, this week it was Seafood. The restaurant section of the pub seemed to have attracted some customers and we noticed some building work on the adjoining barn at the rear - looks like an extension and a landscaped garden are being added.

I like the Crown - it has an unspoilt atmosphere to it, and retains the feel of a traditional country local. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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