One of Yorkshire's oldest country inns is saved by new owners

One of Yorkshire's oldest country inns has re-opened after gaining a new owner.

The Crown Inn has re-opened
The Crown Inn has re-opened

The Crown Inn, a 16 th century coaching inn, in the North Yorkshire village of Roecliffe, near Boroughbridge, has re-opened.

The Crown, which went into voluntary liquidation last year, has been bought by the Coastal & Country Inns group, for an undisclosed sum.

A spokesman said: "It has been sensitively refurbished by Coastal & Country and is now set to return to its former glory.

The Crown, which went into voluntary liquidation last year, has been bought by the Coastal & Country Inns group, for an undisclosed sum.

Chris Hannon, managing director of the Manchester-based Coastal & Country, said: “When we heard that the Crown was for sale, having fallen on hard times, we knew this was too good an opportunity to miss. This very special inn had enjoyed a golden period under the 11-year stewardship of Karl and Amanda Mainey and it is our mission to restore those glory days.

“We are determined to make the Crown the beating heart of Roecliffe again, creating an award-winning inn where the residents can enjoy a quiet pint or two and the local community

feels comfortable and at home.

“At the same time, we are looking to re-establish the Crown’s reputation for excellent food and drink in relaxed and informal surroundings, making it a destination location for food lovers across the county,” he explained. “We also have five en-suite double bedrooms for those who want to stay overnight or for short breaks.”

“It goes without saying, in these challenging Covid-19 times, that we are implementing strict social distancing rules and taking the utmost care with hygiene. Everyone who visits us will feel safe,” he added.

The new management team at the Crown are Lukas and Veronicka Alman, who have moved from Coastal & Country’s Peak District Inn, the Devonshire Arms at Hartington.

Mr Hannon said the Crown Inn fitted perfectly with the group’s culture and was an ideal addition to its portfolio.

Coastal & Country Inns has just completed the restoration of the Owl Inn at Hawnby, near Helmsley, where the group holds the long leasehold on behalf of Mexborough Estates.

He added: “These are extremely exciting times for Coastal & Country as we extend our portfolio – and the restoration of the Crown’s excellent reputation, including for gorgeous weddings, is at the forefront of our plans."

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