An attractive and cosy little traditional pub which is well maintained and always extends a warm welcome.
The Craven Arms is an old fashioned and pretty small Victorian style pub that's a stone’s throw from that ode to urban modernity that is The Mailbox. But it’s a world away from all that corporate chainery and complex thinking and has light and dark blue glazed tiles on the outside and its name is engraved on the windows.
A tiled mural above the door dates the place back to 1836 and inside it’s intimate with shiny brass-fitted lamps, a wooden floor and a green tiled fireplace. The colours are creams and scarlets and it has a low cream ceiling and a brass rail at the bar which is lined with high stools. It opens early - at 8am incredibly - to catch the manual workers and early risers around the area at breakfast.
The bar staff are very friendly as are the mixed group of punters who have shirked The Mailbox for something a bit more historic and are generally a little older. It has a strong group of regulars and so it feels like a proper community pub.
The Food and Drink
On draught there’s Carling, Strongbow, Banks’ original, Marston’s Pedigree and Stella Artois. And in bottles you’ve got Stella, Beck’s, Corona, Budvar and Magner’s. The menu consists of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, soups, salads and burgers, all at very reasonable prices. A burger costs around £3.75, as does a chicken club sandwich. The full English breakfast is worth a punt too, if your cholesterol levels can take it.
The Last Word
A popular, cosy Victorian drinking hole that is attractive, warm and inviting.