An advertisement in the Stroud Free Press of January 13th 1854 makes an obscure reference to the high elevation of the town and the lessened risk of dying from cholera. An excellent excuse to stay the safe environment of the Crown Hotel and drink copious amounts of Playnes’ Forwood Beer! The local brewery was acquired by the Stroud Brewery Company in 1897 and Stroud Beers were sold at the Crown for the next 70 years.
The Crown Inn is now owned by Youngs Pub Co., who bought it from the Lucky Onion Pub Co. early in 2022. (See Stroud CAMRA report below).
Of all the pubs that once existed in the town of Minchinhampton, the 18th century Crown is now the sole survivor.
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Map Reference: SO 873007
Owner in 1891: George Playne, Forwood Brewery, Minchinhampton
Rateable value in 1891: £15.5s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £15.5s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Full
Closing time in 1903: 10 pm
Owners in 1997: Enterprise Inns
Landlords at the Crown Inn include:
1842 William Furley
1856 Mrs M. Furley
1885,1902 Joseph Harman
1903 Frederick Youngs
1906 Edward William Barrett
1919,1927 William John Hutchings
1981-1991 James Polley
1987,1997 Rex Andrews
1998 Ken Locke
1999 Richard Spence and Rosemary Newbury
THE Crown at Minchinhampton has been named as Stroud CAMRA’s Pub of the Year 2021.
The historic pub was bought by a co-founder of fashion label Superdry, Julian Dunkerton in September 2018 to add to his Lucky Onion group of hotels, restaurants and pubs.
The Lucky Onion team renovated the 18th century building, which originally opened in 1715, retaining the pub’s distinctive features while also adding signature design flourishes to bring The Crown up to date.
It reopened in 2019. Commenting on winning the pub of the year title, a spokesman for the pub said: “A wonderful start to the New Year! We look forward to pouring perfect pints again soon.”
Tim Mars, of Stroud CAMRA said: “This is a sensational result for the Crown—the new kid on the block, the young pretender, which only reopened in 2019, and was included in the 2021 Good Beer Guide for the first time.
“What was remarkable—and unprecedented—was the number of ballots that included sometimes lengthy personal endorsements of the pub, and what its resurrection after a long absence means to Minchinhampton.”
One CAMRA member noted: “The Crown is such a lovely local pub to have in Minchinhampton, we are so lucky that Lucky Onion took up the job of restoring a huge part of the village that has been so sorely missed, after being closed for nearly seven years.”
And another wrote: “This pub has brought the life back into Minchinhampton!”