History

The Crofts Hotel was originally built in 1867 and its address was 14 – 15 Crofts street.In 1941 the premises were destroyed by enemy action in the Blitz. Many people lost their lives.

Being rebuilt for Hancocks Brewery as their flagship and completed in 1957 as The Crofts, it now stands on the site of numbers 14-17 Crofts Street.Although the pub still retains its original address of 14-15, numbers 16 and 17 were never rebuilt. The original 1867 deeds are hanging on the function room wall.

In 1970 the Crofts changed hands when Bass Charrington bought it for the princely sum of £50,000.

The Brewery  neglected the place for many years and it acquired a poor reputation,becoming a bit of an eyesore frequented by some unsavoury characters.

In September 2010 the premises were bought by Wastrel Limited a local private company. Many improvements have been made.The bar is open 12hrs daily and the function room fully operational.The skittle alley has just been tastfully refurbished and we have just opened our restaurant on the 30th May 2015.

The kitchen is now open daily for pub Grub with the highlight of the week being Crofts Sunday Carvery open 12-4pm.

Sir Winston Churchill and his driver visiting the site of the Crofts

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