The Crown of Crucis
“Quintessential Cotswold coaching inn” - AA Inspector
Five minutes’ drive out of Cirencester will bring you to this 16th-century former coaching inn; it overlooks a cricket green, and Ampney Brook meanders past its lawns. Its name is derived from the ‘crucis’ or ancient cross in the churchyard. Although modernised, the interior still feels old, and the traditional beams and log fires create a warm, friendly atmosphere. Atlantic and Wickwar are among the real ales, along with some 17 wines served by the glass. Sandwiches, salads, pastas and grills are served from midday, while in the evening the restaurant’s dinner menu proffers popular pub dishes such as starters of breaded whitebait with salad and tartare sauce; or smoked mackerel pâté with toasted home-made brioche. Move on to a special of herb-crusted cod loin with spring onion and pea risotto and tomato salsa; or a dish from the chargrill stove: pan-fried calves’ liver with crispy bacon, bubble-and-squeak cake and Madeira sauce.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Closed: 2
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About The area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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