Telford Oakengates Beer Guide: Your Telford Oakengates guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Telford Oakengates

62 /100 2 MEADOW CLOSE
“Well, recommended to me by a relation, information passed onto Minutemat, who has added it to the RateBeer data base, I had better put my tuppence worth in! Visited twice, nice selection of 'Eastern European' beers in a compact shop, interesting crisp flavours and pickles, other food stuffs available. Hope you find a new rate if you visit, pretty likely.“
BlackHaddock 143 days ago
64 /100 2 MEADOW CLOSE
“Small shop hidden away in the Trench suburb of Telford, a short distance from J5 of the M54. This is as the name suggests, a small shop laden with all manner of colourful Eastern European food and provisions, focussed more on Lithuania, Latvia and Russia rather than Poland, Romania or Bulgaria. Expect to find a half decent range of traditional beer from said countries, that is satisfyingly devoid of the big Eastern European lager brands. Very reasonable prices, some dark dunkels and festbiers. Even a few of the large 1 litre Lithuanian flip-top bottles. Good prices too. And while you're there you may as well chuck in some Latvian snacks as well. Worth a stop off the motorway.“
minutemat 146 days ago
74 /100 48 MARKET ST
“Large friendly pub with multiple rooms and outside drinking area. Post lockdown rules are in place but with a pleasant welcome, name and number plus directed to table and table service. Now serving Rowton beers plus guests so enough to go at for visitors. My favourite of the three neighbouring pubs.“
imdownthepub 261 days ago
68 /100 42 MARKET ST,
“Dead opposite The Crown, possibly less than 10 paces away. This pub has gone Corona virus obsessive in their post lockdown set up, trouble is it gives the pub an initial unfriendly feel. Once you are in though it becomes more warming, although the landlady remains behind multiple layers of perspex. The beer range is probably the best of the three adjacent pubs and all I tried were well kept. Well worth a visit.“
imdownthepub 261 days ago
64 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“This is quite a large Victorian era pub in the centre of Oakengates, the first of the 3 highly regarded pubs overlooking each other. Our visit is within weeks of the releasing of strict lock-down and is reviewed in the light of that. There are good, sensible precautions in here, glass return tables protecting the bar staff, unobtrusive screens, sign in policy and table service. The beer range is quite a lot smaller than suggested previously with just a half dozen handpumps in operation and the range a bit samey. Belgian bottles on sale, pretty quiet on a Tuesday lunchtime. Obviously we are not seeing it at its best but a decent enough pub to visit.“
imdownthepub 261 days ago
62 /100 48 MARKET ST
“A popular choice within out 'Gentleman's Club' monthly gathering. Local to me, but don't visit as much as i should. I prefer the Crown opposite as it has a better choice of Belgian bottles. Still, a large pub with plenty of seating. A great selection of hand pulls and a small fridge with limited bottles from what i can remember. Also has a cinema upstairs which adds a bit of quirky-ness to it.“
AndyTF2 452 days ago
84 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“My local pub so maybe i'm a little biased. One of the better pubs in the St Georges / Okengates area. Lovely ambiance, good choice of beers, usually have a few exciting bottles in the fridge. Not sure if they still do, but they usually do an annual beer festival which is worth a visit.“
AndyTF2 801 days ago
76 /100 48 MARKET ST
“Now taken over by Rowton Brewery with a wider number of guest beers and box ciders. Visited on the eve of the Covid lockdown. I jokingly whistled 'It's The End of The World as We Know It' by REM and sure enough a few minutes later someone put it on the jukebox! Nice seating area round the back. Talkative locals at the bar. Much prefer the beer selection now, and condition is great. Pork Pies are good too. Uprated from last time. August 17th 2018: Paid a quick visit after spending most of the evening in the Station hotel next door and Crown opposite. Seems control to a certain extent is by Bridgnorth's Hop & Stagger brewery with four of theirs commanding the pumps, with one from Everards and a guest. A few Belgian beers in the fridge. Similar kind of laid-back friendly atmosphere in here. Good cask condition.“
minutemat 973 days ago
48 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“One of the Oakengates Triangle of pubs located very close to each other. This happened to have a live band on my visit. Cask ale seemed quite a poor selection, condition of all we tried not at its best, certainly nowhere near the standard of the Station over the road. A fair selection of continental beers in the bottle fridge seemed a better option. Pork pies in the fridge.“
minutemat 974 days ago
78 /100 42 MARKET ST,
“Arguably the choice pick of the 'Oakengates Triangle' of pubs that are located literally within spitting distance of each other. Have visited quite a few times over the years, but bizarrely never thought to rate. I visited again tonight and was quite taken aback by the crisp, clear quality of the cask ales. This is clearly run by a landlord obsessed by the cleanliness of the lines and quality of the beer. Expect around 8 cask beers, on my visit there was quite a few from the North of England - Mallinsons, Pictish, 9Roses, Elland Road etc.. with some German beers in a fridge round the back. Nice vibe.“
minutemat 974 days ago
88 /100 48 MARKET ST
“Loved this friendly pub and just wished we had more time to sample more of the ales on offer but sadly we were running out of time for our coach to leave for Coalbrookdale. With the 3 fine bars we called in, Oakengates is a beer festival. The Hop & Stagger selection available was varied in styles and strengths, and the Bridgnorth Porter was my ale of the day. Will certainly be back during the day so that I can spend time exploring these interesting pubs as well as enjoying what they serve.“
gillhalfpint 1181 days ago
80 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“Haven't been here for a few years so good to see it is still a good real ale bar. Beers served from 2 bars and there is an outside seating area too. Beers available were from Rudgate, Goffs, Purity and Burton Bridge and we enjoyed the Rudgate Brew no 38 which was a porter.“
gillhalfpint 1181 days ago
80 /100 42 MARKET ST,
“A friendly traditional pub with good ales and snacks available but was packed when we were there yesterday making seating difficult and unable to wander round. Beers from Mallinsons, Empire, Oakham, Sharps, Pictish, Redwillow, Rat and Salopian. We chose the Rat and Salopian which were fine.“
gillhalfpint 1181 days ago
84 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“The Crown is one of a trifector of splendid real ale pubs in the centre of Oakengates, near Telford. Two competitors, literally less than 10 metres distant are The Fighting Cocks and The Station. All three serve a plethora ambrosial craft beers for your delectation. Aficianadoes of British beer will not be disappointed.“
petrusc 1375 days ago
80 /100 48 MARKET ST
“Updated in July 2019. Used to be the Ironbridge breweries only pub, funded partly by Everards. Then owned in part by Hop & Stagger from Bridgnorth, now it's a Rowton Brewery place (with Everards backing). Lovely looking pub both inside and outside. Multi roomed once inside with a 30 plus private cinema upstairs. Bring your own food, or order from one of the local take-aways/Indians etc, etc. Irons and plates provided free of charge. Always has Rowton beers on cask as well as at least one Everards and a guest hand-pull. Selection of interesting bottles and one craft keg font, often a Tiny Rebel brew. Friendly staff and locals. One of three pubs within 50 yards of each other that are usually in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide each year.“
BlackHaddock 1630 days ago
76 /100 42 MARKET ST,
“Visited with BlackHaddock, who was pleasantly surprised to find a unique range of American bottled beers, and some de Molen, and very good prices. Interestingly, the casks on offer were all from Yorkshire, not much seen in this area, and there were lots of them. Very friendly, comfy place.“
Travlr 2019 days ago
72 /100 48 MARKET ST
“This is a small traditional two room pub with a modern addition round back, a snug, and a cinema upstairs that doubles as a meeting room. Staff was quite friendly, and since there was one dog and a whippet present, they are pet friendly. Nice place.“
Travlr 2019 days ago
82 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“Visited with BlackHaddock just after a local festival. Even without the festival beers, the range of cask ales was quite large, and staff had good recommendations. Two rooms, different casks in each. Staff and clientele were both very friendly as well. There is a small car park nearby that fills quickly, but a larger one just around the corner.“
Travlr 2019 days ago
76 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“Pub with the best range in Oakengates. Visited many times before and during the Gig for Life this time. Place was heaving but served quickly, fast changeover of beer, good range on in great condition. Had snacks on the bar and the mighty Miles Hunt providing the entertainment. Range of bottles too but stuck on the cask ale.“
WingmanWillis 2157 days ago
76 /100 48 MARKET ST
“Second of the 3 good pubs in Oakengates, this is like the Tardis with numerous rooms out the back. Good range of beers from the local Ironbridge brewery plus guests. Well kept and served by friendly staff. Probably the nicest of the 3 pubs in terms of ambiance.“
WingmanWillis 2157 days ago
72 /100 42 MARKET ST,
“Nice old pub and 1 of the trio a T Rex’s stone throw apart from each other. A good range of beer from across the UK well kept and dispensed efficiently by the staff. Back room has been opened up so have 3 areas for drinking now and a bit of a refurb progressing slowly.“
WingmanWillis 2157 days ago
72 /100 42 MARKET ST,
“Oakengates currently has three pubs in the 2015 CAMRA Good Beer Guide: all three are within spitting distance of each other. This three roomed pub majors of cask beers from Yorkshire and beers rarely seen in Shropshire. The landlord can be great one day and not so friendly the next: the other staff are always pleasant. Cheap basic cold pub grub like pies and huge cobs with various filling are offered to help soak up the beers. The three Oakengate pubs (Crown Inn, Old Fight Cocks and this) usually have over 20 different cask ales on between them and the occasional beer festival to bolster that regular total. Visit Shropshire!“
BlackHaddock 2343 days ago
82 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“Cannot really add much more to previous raters.Suffice to say well worth a visit and certainly a must do if you are in the area.John and staff always eager to help and the beer festivals always sport a good number of "Winners".“
TickerTerryDJ 2906 days ago
84 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“One of my regular haunts: this is what I wrote about this pub some years ago, still use it now and not much has changed since I penned this: Two steps and two doors take you into the front bar of this Real Ale loving Inn. The actual bar is straight in front across a wooden floor, a real fire is to your left, another doorway on the right takes you to the toilets and two further drinking areas and the back door. Basic furnature and beer posters, pictures of steam trains and rows of pump clips let you know this is a serious drinking establishment, the eight handpulls and quality foreign fonts ensures that you don’t forget. Hobson’s Best Bitter (a local brewery) is the only regular draught ale, the other seven pumps change all the time. Twice yearly beerfests are fantastic, the rear room is kitted out with extra handpulls, so 29 cask beers on handpulls are available at one time. The landlord claims it is the largest handpulled pub based beerfest in the world, anyone know different? Live bands, folk evenings, the selling of huge eggs and smelly cheese make this a focal point for the people of Oakengates and beyond. I was in here again just before Christmas 2006. Here is the list of cask beers that were available: Shep Neame ’Twinkle Toes’, Archers ’Robin Redbreast’, Hook Norton ’12 Days of Christmas’, Spinning Dog ’Santa Paws’ and ’Springer’, Hobson’s ’Best Bitter’, Bateman’s ’Mild’, Tring ’Ridgeway’ and Hanby’s ’Stout Fella’. You can add two ciders, Amstel, Real Bud (Black and normal) and a few bottles. Now that is what I call a good selection, plus the ones I tried were all in tip top condition.“
BlackHaddock 3225 days ago
80 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“Jovial landlord John Ellis is a real character and beer enthusiast. The festival cellar runs are particularly good and a festival bar is set up creating a vast number of handpumps, must have been in excess of 30 on my last visit. Oakengates is a good place for a crawl at any time, with this place and the Station pub over the road being the pick of the venues. Selection of single malt whiskies available and also the Budvar Black was on draft. “
DJMonarch 4997 days ago
78 /100
Crown (Bar)
MARKET STREET, OAKENGATES
“Run by John Ellis, this pub holds regular beer fests which claim to have the most hanpulls at a pubfest - over 30. At other times the pub dispenses about 10 real ales with a lot being interesting. Not the easiest place to get to, with no other scooping pubs nearby (the nearest are probably the Mill at Chester or the Bhurtpore and the Station pub over the road was making an effort at stocking decent beers last time I went), but the fests are well attended and enjoyable. The "token" system for cellar runs at the fests is an institution! Well worth a trip, especially at festival times, for the good atmosphere and rare beers from all over the UK.“
Gazza 5000 days ago
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