TASTING SERIES – The Crown Inn, Lixwm

Amy Rowlands Tate Rowlands Crown Inn Lixwm

Here we are!

The first in our series of tasting experiences around Flintshire.

We are really blessed to have such thriving pubs in our local towns and villages.

Throughout this series I will be delving into these secret gems and sharing my opinion on these wonderful eateries. So if you love good food, live music, quiz nights, romance, cosy fires and the best beer gardens around – stay tuned, as I will be exploring as many as I can this year to keep you exploring this wonderful county.

The Crown Inn in Lixwm is a quintessential 17th Century Coaching Inn boasting stunning views of the nearby Clwydian Hills. Having recently undergone extensive work and a complete ‘makeover’ this charming village pub is the new place to try… and not just for the locals!

If you find yourself needing to unwind on a Friday evening after a long week in work, or if on a Sunday you want to indulge in a delicious roast dinner but just can’t face cooking – this may well be the pub for you!

Open Tuesday to Sunday, this family friendly restaurant is set adjacent to a great children’s park allowing mums and dads to ware their little ones out before sitting down to enjoy well-earned freshly made ‘pub grub’. It’s even dog-friendly in the lower bar area, and offers its four legged customers a ‘pint of water’ from a barrel and tap outside the front.

Whether you’re into quality real ales or wines and spirits, there’ll be something on this list that takes your fancy. Hosting regular pub quizzes and live music nights, we really are spoilt for choice with things to do, drink and eat at The Crown Inn in Lixwm. It really is no wonder that this fantastic little pub is the hub of its community and is really leaving a good taste in our mouths. Check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/crowninnlixwm for updates of what’s on.


My Experience...

Well, well, well, where do I start with this one!? The transformation is just amazing, it remains quirky and full of character yet boasts a gorgeous modern twist and I am in love with the olive green interior.

I was expecting to be ‘Wowed’ based on local recommendations, but I really was!

The menu lives up to the expectation too…handpicked pub favourites only, I often find that menus are too crammed with what seems like a million options so it’s refreshing to see a narrowed down list of the best dishes.

There were plenty of gluten free options, which was a surprise for a small village pub and great to see although I did find the vegetarian options were a little limited, however, the Halloumi burger sounds divine.



I was welcomed on arrival by the landlord, Tony, who is also the head chef. He had prepared a delicious platter of a mixture of starters for me to try. The tasting board included pate from the local company Patchwork, sliced salami, olives, sundried tomatoes, black pudding fritters, garlic bread and goats cheese bon bons. The presentation was lovely, portion sizes were just right, there’s a charming, romantic vibe in the restaurant and at full capacity covers 50 seats, so it’s a nice comfortable size, not too big or small.

…I have to say, the goat’s cheese bon bons are a MUST TRY! I would never order these usually as I didn’t think I liked goats cheese!? They’re served slightly warm and mixed with chilli jam… my goodness, they’re just melt in the mouth delicious.

All in all, if you haven’t already, you need to book a table at this pub! I will most definitely be returning! But, don’t take my word alone for it, check out their reviews: See Trip Advisor Reviews

Why not take advantage of their Mother’s Day offer? A delicious three course dinner on Sunday, March 31st at £23 per head. I would encourage you to book early as roast dinners are popular at this pub without a special occasion so spaces will fill up fast!

For more information or to book a table at The Crown Inn, give them a call on 01352 781112 or visit their website: https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/pubs-inns-and-hotels/find-a-pub/a-e/crownlixwm