ONE of the many attractive things about the Crown
Hotel in High Street is the long window which runs right across the entire width
of the facade at the top of the building. It is the Long Gallery where people
could stroll on inclement days.
The Crown is an impressive building,
not least because it is just about the largest old building in town - apart from
St Mary's Church - and it stands in the narrowest part of High Street. It
dominates that part of the street.
Although more than 400 years old, it is
not the original building on the site. That burned down in the Fire of Nantwich
One of the main rooms in the hotel is
the Georgian Minstrels' Ballroom (it has a minstrels' gallery).
But, as the hotel's website warns,
because it is a listed building it has no passenger lift. So you will have to
use the stairs to access the three storeys - and one flight is at such a
sideways angle that you might wonder, as you climb it, if you have overdone the
The hotel was one of a series of
coaching hotels on the road from London to Chester. The archway through which
coaches used to arrive and depart now leads to the building's front door as well
as a mews of a variety of shops and Casa Italiana, a restaurant which is part of
the hotel. It also leads to the hotel's car park off the inner ring road, the
The host at
The Crown was Phil Martin, the man behind the
Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music festival held throughout the town every
Easter weekend. Sadly, he died in 2017, but the festival continued thanks to his
daughter and others.
In High Street, just a few yards from The Square. Round the corner from St
Mary's Parish Church.
A hotel, it does not have opening times for visitors but there are
opportunities to see inside as it is a pub open to anyone, not just residents.
It is also a frequent venue for town events. Of course, the best way to see it
is to stay there!
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