THE CROWN INN CONISTON UNVEILS BRAND NEW LOOK
The iconic Crown Inn sitting in the heart of Coniston is ready to re-open its doors after undergoing significant investment to create an incredible new look and feel for the pub. Enjoyed by the locals and visitors to the area alike, the Crown Inn relaunches with a brand new food offering with dishes such as Pan-fried Seabass and thePub Picnic, a carefully selected sharing delicatessens board. If you’re visiting on a Sunday you’d be hard-pressed to not be tempted by the selection of Sunday roasts available.
As a visitor to the area, there are thirteen guest bedrooms to enjoy, including a family-sized room for up to 6 people and a new ground-floor accessible suite with parking outside. The colour scheme features relaxing earthy greens, reds, greys, and neutrals mimicking the sights of the fells in the backdrop of the pub. If you’re lucky to get a room at the back of the Inn, you can wake up to the breath-taking view of The Old Man of Coniston from the window.
Those who’ve passed by or visited the Crown Inn previously may be familiar with the slate entrance porch that greeted you at the front of the building. You’ll now see this porch has been dismantled to make space for a cosy private dining area, seating up to8 guests. The slate from the old porch has been creatively repurposed to create the pub’s new feature fireplace.
The new look Crown Inn boasts artistic flair and local inspiration you can see across both the pub restaurant and bedrooms. Alongside Robinsons desire to create greener pubs and inns, one of the companies’ in-house designers has sustainably sourced and upcycling approximately 70% of the fixtures and fittings. You’ll see this in elements such as our bar furniture which has that all-important rustic countryside feel, and the upcycling of the pub’s existing wooden features.
Alongside thinking sustainably, our designer has submerged herself in the local history of Coniston, ensuring that the design theme both showcases and preserves the local culture and history. The pub pays homage to local names such as the Swallows & Amazons writer Arthur Ransome; the world land and water speed record breaker, Donald Campbell who broke the water speed record four times on Coniston Water; and the famous art critic John Ruskin, who spent time living in the village.
There are many intricate and creative ways in which the Crown Inn demonstrates its pride in the local area. You may notice this through the historic images of the Coniston slate miners,Victorian mountaineers climbing in the Lake District, Lady of the Lake, and artwork of WG Collingwood to name a few.A lot of what you see has been kindly offered to us for display by The Ruskin Museum. We’ve also used local stonemasons Coniston Stonecraft to create the signage you’ll see around our pub and hotel.
Those with a keen eye for art and design may spot the intricate details such as the chosen woodland wallpaper being part of The Brantwood collection, one of Coniston’s iconic listed buildings and home to the late John Ruskin, which the wallpaper is named after. You can also find bird prints decorating the walls as drawn by J M W Turner, an artist who was heavily celebrated by Ruskin. Every element of local heritage has been woven into this beautiful pub.
One touch that goes without forgetting for a Lake District Inn is our guests love of walking and the fells, and their quest to complete the Wainwright fells. The pub features drawings of The Southern fells walked by Alfred Wainwright kindly donated to us by Chris Butterfield, as well as copies of Wainwrights’ books to help you plan your next route, right from the pub.
The Crown re-opened on 20th March and is serving food from 12pm. Room prices start at £140 per night for bed and breakfast and are bookable at crowninnconiston.co.uk/rooms. If you want to keep up to date with The Crown at Coniston, you can follow them here instagram.com/crowninnconiston.