Wells has come over a bit of a fluster again as the crew for Poldark have rolled into town ahead of filming tomorrow (Friday 24th).
The area outside the town hall is being set up as a market - differing a bit from our usual market days - with the town hall itself transformed into Warleggan Bank.
Key members of the cast, yes, him included, were last in Wells in February this year to shoot scenes screened in the last series.
Poldark has also been filmed at our neighbours, the Bishop's Palace in the undercroft and outside too.
Wells is now firmly on the film locations map, thanks in part to our friends at the Cathedral and Bishop's Palace.
Hot Fuzz remains the most famous film of a list that includes Elizabeth, the Golden Age, Jack the Giant Killer, The Hollow Crown, Wolf Hall, The Huntman Winters War and Another Mother's Son.
You never know who you may bump into...
Well, a lot of people came over all unnecessary when Poldark rolled into Wells last week.
The Market Place at the side of The Crown was transformed into………a market place! Warleggan, as opposed to Wells.
Any modern day elements were removed from the back of The Crown to ensure it was in-keeping with the 18th century setting for Poldark. Signage was taken down and a Market Tavern sign put up.
The Town Hall became Warleggan Bank and the main focus of the filming on that day.
It was a freezing cold and some of the cast had hot water bottles under their 18th century costumes to try and keep some of the chill at bay.
Yes, the man himself was spotted, several times as he was filmed walking from one end of the Market Place to the other.
We had to intercept some rather excited fans found wandering around upstairs corridors at The Crown, trying to get a better view of the action.
We were fortunate enough to have photographs of the two main characters – Ross Poldark and Demelza signed and they now take pride of place in reception.
The crew also kindly left us with a Crown Inn sign from series two, which is now in the back of our Bar.
Following a recent inspection by a nice chap from Visit England, we were tickled pink to be a recipient of their new (and we like to think, shiny) Breakfast Award.
We take great pride in being able to offer our guests the best start to their day with a fantastic variety of tasty treats that adorn our breakfast table. In addition to a choice of toast, preserves and cereal, we offer a good selection of fresh fruit, nuts, granola, yoghurts, cold meats, cheese, croissants and pastries.
All our full English and vegetarian breakfasts are freshly cooked to order and we only use the best local produce and free range eggs.
We do our very best to ensure our guests leave the breakfast table well set up for the rest of their day. We're pleased the feedback we receive and now this Breakfast Award are testimony to that.
By the way, you don't have to stay here to enjoy breakfast at The Crown, we serve daily from 7.30am and you're very welcome to join us.
We had a super Burns Night at The Crown.
Piper John Campbell joined us to 'do the honours', piping in the Haggis and performing the full ceremony. Chef Tom Ollis and his team cooked up a treat of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties.
While playing outside The Crown he had an impromptu photo taken with the Wells City Harriers.
All in all a great evening and we're pleased to have offered a nod to the great man, Robert Burns.
The Crown's loo is now officially twinned with one in San Juan Moca in Guatemala.
The scheme, organised by the folk at Toilet Twinning ,
funds work of international relief and development agency Tearfund.
Donations are used to provide clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education in areas where there is a need.
Toilet Twinning say "This vital combination works together to prevent the spread of disease. Children are healthier, and able to go to school; parents are well enough to work their land and grow enough food to feed their family. With better health, and more ability to earn a living, men and women discover the potential that lies within them to bring transformation.
Family by family, community by community, nation by nation, we are flushing away poverty. "
If you'd like to take part visit the website www.toilettwinning.org.
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Work's finished on the exterior - it does look rather fabulous - as well as a little zhuzh up in the bar and bistrot.
That's not all, folks, oh no. Our general managers, Tim and Lesley have settled in well and truly made their mark at The Crown. We also have new chefs, Dane and Chris with us. They've worked with Tim and Lesley to put together a new menu. We've kept the dishes that have proved popular with diners, while popping in a few new innovative delights too. The emphasis has very much been on using local suppliers and produce, wherever possible.
The lunch and early evening Offer menu has been replaced by daily specials boards and promotions which provide diners with a greater choice, while still at good value.
We also have a new cocktail and wine bar, serving up a delicious selection of locally-named tipples - Strawberry Line, Somerset Sour and Cathedral Cosmopolitan - by the glass or jug to share. We’re working closely with local vineyards and suppliers to finalise our new wine list, including The Grape and the Good in Priory Road.
In spite of the many rumours circulating we're definitely here to stay and are excited about The Crown’s future as one of the best places to eat, drink and stay in Wells.
As an independent business of nearly 25 years we fully appreciate the continued support from the local community, which is an essential part of our trade, as well as those travelling from further afield.
We look forward to welcoming you to experience (and taste!) the positive changes that have been made at The Crown. See you soon!
Managed to clamber up the scaffold today to get a new perspective on our lovely old building and lovely old Wells.
Work's going well; few repairs being made here and there before painting continues in earnest.
We're hoping for the big reveal before too long.
We do love filming in Wells; although it was a bit of a shock initially to see a Nazi flag flying from the Town Hall.
The crew filming Another Mother's Son had transformed the area of the Market Place adjacent to The Crown into St. Helier under Nazi occupation in World War II.
John Hannah and Jenny Seagrove were both seen riding bicycles around the town square and Ronan Keating was here too.
Another's Mother Son is based on a true story of Louisa Gould who took in an escaped Russian POW and hid him during the war and protects him as if he was her own.
No release date at time of writing but we look forward to seeing Another Mother's Son on our screens in 2016.