The Crown & Sceptre is a handsome town centre pub dating back just over 100 years, and typical of turn of the century architecture.
It is a friendly little place, loved by the locals and welcoming to newcomers, with thriving pub sports teams, BT Sport for Premier League Football and Rugby matches, and late opening on Fridays and Saturdays.
One of its most interesting and unusual features is the outdoor skittle alley in the small, attractive courtyard garden, full of flowers year round, with lots of comfy seating and a covered smoking area - a lovely place to pass a summer's evening or while away an hour with a pint or a delicious coffee and your newspaper on a sunny Sunday morning.
New tenant John 'Tony' Tarason works with his wife Maggie and three adult children to make this not just a pub for the local 'regulars', but a friendly place to be whether you are six or eighty-six, they regard it as very much a community space and are delighted to offer it to local clubs and societies for meetings, celebrations and 'occasions' like post-Christening or funeral buffets. This aspect of the pub is set to expand dramatically with the introduction of a trade kitchen mid-to-end September 2013 (keep an eye on the menu section).
Live and recorded music will be a regular feature, with the emphasis on using local artists and performers. Each month the music offerings will include live bands, solo performers, Karaoke and Open Mic nights. If you like a little activity with your drink, try darts, table football, x-box or skittles or failing that borrow a pack of cards from the bar or watch the football or rugby on BT Sport. There is even a library for those who are never happier than with a drink in one hand and a book in the other, - you are welcome to borrow the stock!
Children are well catered for and always welcome, with art materials. books, and other indoor activities while outside they will find sand and water play, a small climbing frame with toddler slide and other things to keep them busy while the grown-ups have a well earned drink. Tea and coffee are served all day with free low-sugar squash drinks for the little ones.