The Crown Hotel

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 in 1583.

   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 alcohol.    

   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 Waterlode.

   The host (together with his wife) at The Crown is Phil Martin, the man behind the Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music festival held throughout the town every Easter weekend.

lLocation: In High Street, just a few yards from The Square. Round the corner from St Mary's Parish Church.

lOpening times: 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!  

lWebsite: www.crownhotelnantwich.com


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