Darwen pub lines up festival as it celebrates Cask Marque status

Landlord Matt Worden at the Crown pub in Darwen which has just been awarded Cask Marque status

Landlord Matt Worden at the Crown pub in Darwen which has just been awarded Cask Marque status

First published in Darwen Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE licensees of a Darwen pub have received a special present as they celebrate their first anniversary in charge.

Matt Worden and Zoe and Martin Evans joined forces to take over The Crown in Redearth Road 12 months ago and embarked on an ambitious refurbishment project.

And after a short time, the pub has been granted Cask Marque status, rewarding the quality of its beer.

Mr Worden said the pub had previously been the first in the town to receive the prestigious accreditation but it was removed when the previous tenants moved out.

He said: “We have worked really hard since taking over and made good quality cask ale one of our priorities.”

Pub bosses are gearing up for a special celebration next month, when they will host a bank holiday beer, sausage and cider festival.

The event, from May 3 to 5, will feature a range of local and national cask ales, ciders and sausages.

There will also be activities such as face painting, live music and entertainment and a hog roast.

Mr Worden said: “We wanted to create an event that would celebrate all that is great about beer.

“It is a real opportunity to bring the community together to have a great time while giving something back to our customers.

“The timing is perfect also, as it is our one-year anniversary at the helm of the pub.

“It has been a fantastic year and we have seen a lot of new faces. A lot of the regulars have also come back. We have just got the food up and running now and it’s really taking off.”

Punch Taverns’ partnership development manager Tracy Duncan said: “This is an excellent example of a pub bringing the community together and being proactive to drive trade and get customers coming back for more.

“We wish Matt, Martin and Zoe and their team at the The Crown all the very best with the event.”

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4:31pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

Well done, Matt.
Well done, Matt. Excluded again
  • Score: 8

11:21pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Good call says...

It is good to see our town has plenty of good pubs, in contrast to situation in Blackburn where pubs have been shutting left, right and centre for years.
It is good to see our town has plenty of good pubs, in contrast to situation in Blackburn where pubs have been shutting left, right and centre for years. Good call
  • Score: 10

12:35am Fri 11 Apr 14

Wibbolwobble says...

This is fantastic news for the Crown, Well done to the All the team, Martin, Zoe & Matt have worked so hard and it's paying off. Great to see beers from all over and not just the same cask on the bar each week, It's giving the customers variety of choice which is great for the Cask Ale drinkers.
I Look forward to the beer festival in May. Once again well done.
This is fantastic news for the Crown, Well done to the All the team, Martin, Zoe & Matt have worked so hard and it's paying off. Great to see beers from all over and not just the same cask on the bar each week, It's giving the customers variety of choice which is great for the Cask Ale drinkers. I Look forward to the beer festival in May. Once again well done. Wibbolwobble
  • Score: 10

6:26am Sat 12 Apr 14

Real Ale Up North says...

Well done to this fine trio. They are obviously passionate about their beer and creating an asset in the community. I will have to review this boozer soon - as it appears to earned it.
I only hope Punch Taverns don't decide to increase their rent and the price of the beer - it will be too high already, I suspect.
They have a habit of doing so, in these circumstances.
Well done to this fine trio. They are obviously passionate about their beer and creating an asset in the community. I will have to review this boozer soon - as it appears to earned it. I only hope Punch Taverns don't decide to increase their rent and the price of the beer - it will be too high already, I suspect. They have a habit of doing so, in these circumstances. Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 7

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