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Crown Wharf, Stone

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Crown Street
Stone
ST15 8QN
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Joules Brewery have spent £3M on this new build pub development at the Crown Wharf canalside site.They also constructed the shell of a 200 seater theatre with a local arts charity funding the internal fit out,which has now been completed.Using modern brick,the external is clearly a pastiche ,but in keeping with the industrial buildings in the area,most noteably the former Joules brewery next door ,last used as such when Joules beers were actually brewed in Stone.The modern day brewery has eschewed that tradition and now brews in Market Drayton ,leading to a much inferior product.
It's huge inside and is a shrine to the modern pub chain,with a vast amount of pub ephemera dotted all about.Entering from the metalled exterior terrace by the canal ,there is a vast vaulted ceiling space with a series of high tables,room for vertical drinking and a large wood burner.To the right is a section of seating booths ,each themed with a Joules pub name and associated photos and nic nacs.A small wood burner finishes off this section.
To the immediate left of the entrance is a seperate snug with canal view windows.Plush fitted and upholstered bench seating make this cosy yet smart.The kinked bar dominates the interior with several sets of 4 handpumps all pulling Joules unexceptional brews,namely on my visit Pure Blond,Pale,Slumbering Monk and Kolkata East India Pale Ale(5% but hop lite and malty,very much like all their ales,indestinct NBSS 2.5).
Opposite the bar there are three numbered seating booths with small doors,very discrete but handy for the bar.Beyond is an area with a baby grand piano which may be played by accomplished pianists,a set of traditional furniture,more canal views and posters advertising upcoming performances by Stone Revellers theatre group.Beyond here is the entrance to the theatre stalls,while on the first floor there is access to the balcony,the loos,a private room called The Boardroom with a magnificent trophy cabinet dividing wall ,stuffed with a huge collection of trophies and awards along with interesting artwork.
The overall affect is awe inspiring,all totally new but the rich use of wood everywhere and the fine detailing,including Robert Thompson carved mice,in magnificent.
I would say a must visit for the oppulance, shame about the beer.Buy a half and have a squint,then push off for better ale elsewhere in this fine drinking town.

On 22nd October 2021 - rating: 7
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22nd Oct 2021, 09:45
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
22nd Oct 2021, 09:44
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes - Friday & Sunday - last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 25 July 2021 by ROB Camra
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