Before I can get started on the design, this second part of the story is how we came to finally buy Crown Wharf.
Before I can get started on the design, this second part of the story is how we came to buy Crown Wharf finally. As soon as we had finished building the new Joule’s Brewery [technically the fourth, the first one was in Salford, the second created by Francis in Stone, prior to John making the third, obviously the largest] we looked to find a pub so we could have a presence in the brands home town of Stone.
In 2009 we had our first tip-off that Langtrys was available, the pub was owned by Enterprise, so we called them. They were very nice but could only offer us a lease. We called every time the pub changed hands, so that was quite a few times over the years, all to no avail. We also tried the Crown and Anchor, Punch owned at the time. They also said no, nicely, but no. As other than the Crown Hotel, this is probably the best-known pub from the old Joule’s estate. We also looked at the Crown Hotel when it was marketed a few years ago. That was very tough, it is truly magnificent, the heart said yes for obvious reasons, but it is much more a hotel than a pub, and we don’t know the first thing about hotels, so we didn’t bid.
The oddest one was perhaps the Old Ironmongers at the top of the high street, we also enquired about the Police Station – all very unclear if it was or was not available, and we thought about the first bank, but that too was also leased. We talked to our friends at Suma about the Old Joule’s Wine Store, but it was too small. We looked at some edge of town pubs, the Wheatsheaf just outside in Oulton when Punch was selling it, the Bonnie Gem and a couple of others, but nothing was really right for our Stone flagship.