• Beer garden
  • Pies
  • Menu boards
  • Puddings

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Frequently asked questions

As you might have gathered already, The Crown & Tuns is a blissfully quirky place that does things its own unique way! So to help you get a feel for our wonderful ways before you visit, we’ve put together what might just be the most comprehensive FAQ page a pub website has ever seen…

How do I book a table?

Bookings are available for lunchtimes only (12pm – 2.30pm). To make a booking, either call us or pop by the pub during our opening hours. We unfortunately can’t accept bookings by email, or by answer phone.

Why do you not take bookings in the evening?

There’s nothing worse than walking into a restaurant and being told there’s no room at the inn – especially when you can see tables sitting empty. So we decided a long time ago not to put the ‘reserved’ signs up for anybody.

Of course, there will be times when you’ll have to wait for a table. But you can enjoy a drink at the bar while you peruse the menu, and we’ll get you seated as soon as we can. We can safely say our pies are worth the wait!

Can I book for a party or large group?

The Crown & Tuns is a small pub, and in all honesty, not suited to large groups. We only have 13 tables for a start! Our no bookings policy really does mean no bookings, and we can’t go back on our word even for a party that would fill the place – our regulars would kill us!

Is the pub child friendly?

We love kids… but the pub doesn’t quite so much. We don’t have high-chairs or baby-changing facilities as the premises are simply unsuitable (we’re entirely open-plan with none of our tables significantly far enough away from the bar area).

As a result, we have had to place some restrictions on young children. Those under the age of five cannot remain on the premises beyond 7.30pm, and under-14s are unable to stay beyond 9.30pm.

We understand it’s an inconvenience for many people, but it’s done with everyone’s best interests at heart.

Do you have a kid’s menu?

No we don’t – and that’s another reason why the pub isn’t ideally suited to little ones. However, we can do a small portion of scampi, or on Sundays, a small roast beef. Generally, our younger patrons tend to share a pie with the adults.

Do you allow children in the garden?

Accompanied children are welcome in the garden, yes, but unfortunately it is unsuitable as a play area.

Do you serve anything other than pies?

Our menu is very pie-centric – but yes, we do offer a small selection of alternatives. Check out the “But not pies” section of our menu. The slow-roasted lamb shoulder and our honey-roast ham hocks are extremely popular, and if we do say so ourselves, rather yummy.

Do you do starters?

Nope, we dive straight into the mains. We’re going for a homely dining experience, and let’s be honest, who makes a starter for themselves at home? Besides, you’ll need all the room you can get for our fabulously filling pies.

What makes your pies ‘proper pies’?

Well for a start, they are ‘pot pies’ with both a lid and a base – and that’s rarely the case these days! They’re freshly prepared, made by hand, and cooked in a special traditional pie oven. You can find out all about our pies here – but probably the best way to see what we mean, is to come taste one for yourself.

Can we share a pie?

Our pies are certainly substantial – but still represent a single portion, so we’d recommend a pie each. That said, we’d positively encourage you to try each other’s pies, and that’s why we serve each pie in its original dish for you to serve out onto an empty plate. Extra cutlery is freely available around the restaurant, as is kitchen roll and napkins – but please be aware that during busy periods we may charge for extra plates and portions.

Do you offer a choice of pastry?

Pies are prepared on the morning of service, some with puff pastry, others with shortcrust. But once they’re made, they’re made – so unfortunately we can’t offer you a choice beyond what’s on the menu. Trust the chef, he knows what pastry goes best with each filling!

Do you have vegetarian pies?

Yep, there’s normally a couple of vegetarian pies on offer. We don’t pack the menu with them as they’re not the biggest sellers – but on the plus side, that means we very rarely run out!

Do you do gluten free dishes?

As a pie pub, with pastry abound in the kitchen, it’s not possible for us to be gluten free. However, if you’re able to give us a call around 10.30am ahead of your visit, subject to what we are making that day we should be able to make allowances, and top a NGCI filling with mashed potato rather than traditional pastry. Certain menu items may also be available with NGCI (non gluten containing ingredients) – please check with your server or call to enquire.

Do you cater for allergy sufferers?

Our pies are prepared in advance of your visit, and baked fresh on ordering, so individual requirements without notice are very difficult for us to cater for. On a positive note, because we make everything ourselves, we know exactly what ingredients have been used and can inform you of any allergens.

Can I reserve a pie?

Afraid not. Can’t book a table, and for the same principle, can’t book a pie either! We want to be fair to all our customers, so pies, like tables, are first come first served.

Do you offer a takeaway service?

Not at this moment in time, but we’re working on it!

Do you do light snacks? What if I don’t have the appetite for a whole pie?

Dare we say it, if you don’t have the appetite for a pie then this might not be the perfect place for you! We have nuts and crisps at the bar, and we can do a bowl of chips for you, but otherwise it’s pies all the way! There are some wonderful places nearby that do light snacks much better than us, so if it’s sandwiches and salads you’re after, we’ll be happy to recommend one of our neighbours.

Do you allow dogs in the pub?

Dogs are welcome in the bar area, but we have very limited space and table availability should you wish to dine with your four-legged friend. The decked garden is unfortunately not suitable for dogs either.

What are your opening hours?

Please see our opening hours page for details.

Why is nobody answering my calls?

Our phones are manned only during pub opening hours, not office hours. Our opening hours are here. If you’re unable to call while we’re around, you should hopefully find any answers to your queries in our FAQ section.

Do you have a car park?

Sadly we don’t – but there’s free on-street parking along New Street, and more free parking available at the Market Place two minutes’ walk away. If you’re parking on New Street, please make sure you’re not blocking our neighbours’ driveways – thanks!

If you cannot find what you need in the FAQ, opening hours or food menu pages then please get in touch.