The Crown Inn is an attractive pub in the small village of Old Dalby. The entrance to this converted 17th century farmhouse is at the back of the building via the sun-trap courtyard and the large pretty gardens. Inside, the pub comprises a series of small parlour rooms, each with its own fireplace, which step downhill to the main bar servery. Beyond this, at the bottom of 'hill' is a bright, modern barn room, ideal for functions - one wall consists of glass doors that open out onto the courtyard.
The Crown has recently re-opened under new management so there's a certain amount of settling in to do, including getting the food side of this up and running. The new publicans are a friendly and enthusiastic bunch who have set about restoring this lovely old building. There's an old petanque court which held the national championships, so let's hope this is part of the restoration plan.