Great British Pub Crawl: Couple give positive review of 'really friendly' Crewe
By Ryan Parker
21st Nov 2023 | Local News
A couple on a pub crawl mission around the country have given a positive review of "really friendly" Crewe, after visiting 14 venues across the town.
Dale and Holly Harvey of The Great British Pub Crawl, visited Crewe on the night of Saturday 18 November.
The Nottingham couple's aim is to visit every single English pub, a venture that has taken them to over 2,000 venues across 603 days so far.
Dale and Holly began their night at Crewe's latest opening venue, The Imperial, Edleston Road, which they described as being "very well run,' with a "nice vibe to it."
After enjoying a "really great kebab" at Posh Nosh, Edleston Road, the pair went on to visit the "very friendly" Express, and "welcoming" Retro Bar, both of Mill Street.
Next up, was the Duke of Bridgewater, Wistaston Road, which Dale and Harvey described as having a "good party atmosphere."
Dale and Holly then ventured to High Street's Off The Rails, which they described as a "really good size."
The couple did question the sports bar's license terms only allowing members to drink.
Off The Rails have since announced weekly Friday and Saturday disco and karaoke party nights for non-members.
Following on from High Street, Dale and Holly visited Hops Belgian Bar, Prince Albert Street, which they described as a "gorgeous little place that is clean, warm and inviting."
The pair then took a short walk up Prince Albert Street to the "huge" and "great looking" Albert's Corner.
Dale and Holly believed the venue's music was "way too loud" for the number of people inside.
They were not disappointed by The Crown, Earle Street, which was a "little busier" than Albert's and had a "serious" pool competition on.
Special mentions were given to the young lady on the bar and customers, who were all "friendly."
The Notts couple then journeyed to Tom's Tap and Brewhouse, Thomas Street, which they described as a "craft beer lovers wet dream."
Dale purchased a Vault City Brewing's Strawberry Banana Milkshake Sour for takeout. He has since labelled it as possibly "the greatest beer" he has ever tasted.
Next up on the crawl was The Borough Arms, Earle Street, which the couple described as the "Real Ale drinkers idea of heaven."
To the delight of Dale and Holly, this "truly lovely" pub offered ten hand pull ales at any one time. The pair were also impressed with the venue's "really lovely atmosphere."
The Borough's customers urged Dale and Holly to take a trip to The Crewe Dog, Crewe Market Hall, before it closed at 11pm.
Dale and Holly were delighted with this recommendation, labelling The Crewe Dog as "a great place with a real laid back vibe."
After leaving the "bustling" market hall, the pair checked out The Kings Arms, Earle Street.
They described this venue as a "friendly enough place," but one that needed to be much busier to create a "real Saturday night vibe."
A "really pleasant shock" to Dale and Holly came at The Rising Sun Vaults, Earle Street, a three-minute walk towards Grand Junction Retail Park.
Here, the couple enjoyed live music from the "fantastic" Afterglow, which they believed could have been advertised a lot better to make the place "rammed."
Dale and Holly were very complementary of The Rising Sun Vaults and its staff, labelling the vibe of the venue as "brilliant."
To conclude the Crewe pub crawl, the couple ventured back into the town centre for The Cheese Hall, Earle Street.
Dale and Holly believed the venue had a "really good mixture of punters of all ages," with "some really friendly" staff.
Overall Thoughts On Crewe
Great British Pub Crawl said: "This is a really funny one for us because it [Crewe] really isn't a bad town.
"Despite the warnings from people who said we wouldn't enjoy it and that there was nothing there, we found a good mixture of great beer houses and late night bars where you can have a dance.
"There is live music on offer and everyone we encountered was really friendly. It just feels like a lot of the town isn't trying very hard.
"We were told that a lot of locals from Crewe go out to Congleton, Newcastle or Nantwich to name but a few.
"But really, Crewe has all the potential to be able to draw people from each of those towns to them rather than having people go the other way."
Dale and Holly believed Crewe venues should offer more karaoke nights on Saturdays, also urging them to make more effort in promoting their live music nights and events.
The couple highlighted there was no rock bar in Crewe, pointing out there is currently nowhere for rock music fans to go.
Great British Pub Crawl added: "Aside from with the live bands, where do the rock fans have to go?
"The music policy in each of the 'DJ' pubs that we went in was pretty much exactly the same, generic cheese or remixed pop music.
"Personally, we would love to see Crewe thrive. Can you have a good night out in Crewe? Yes you can.
"It simply just needs a few tweaks on what it offers and those wonderful pubs it already has could be packed out properly for a lot more of the evening."
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