Rightfully so, there has been a flurry of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.
It occurred to us that we have always been LGBTQ friendly since Adrian and Sarah took over The Crown in 1993.
We hadn't really considered it before as that's just what we've always done and always will.
Everyone is very welcome at The Crown.
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.
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
Goodness, all go here!
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.
First of all apologise it's been so long since our last post. It has been all go here!
We've scaffolding up while our beautiful building has some tlc and a lick of paint.
Inside we're spruced up the bar and Anton's and it's all looking rather fine.
We've had a change personnel wise too.
After 14 years with The Crown, Matthew has left to explore pastures new and we've been joined by Tim and Lesley as the new management team. Changes are afoot and more to come, watch this space or, better still, come in for a mosey 'round.
May is finally upon us and fairer weather is on the way, thank goodness. An opportunity to sit outside the back of The Crown and sip a cool one. Food's served all day from midday every day too.
We hope to welcome you again soon and will do better with blogging more often...
The decorations are all but down here and we're back in the swing of things following a very busy Christmas and New Year at The Crown.
So, it's the New Year, how about a new job?
We're recruiting in the kitchen for Senior Chef de Partie/Sous Chef level as well as a Chef de Partie, both immediate start. We're also looking for enthusiastic and friendly folk to join our Front of House team in Anton's Bistrot and reception area. We'll consider both full and part time for the right person.
Pop over to our Facebook Page for more details.
It's great here, be lovely if you could join us.
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.