“Modern cooking in 16th-century inn” - AA Inspector
An Elizabethan inn in the heart of picturesque Amersham may not be the obvious place to find one of the UK’s most celebrated Indian chefs, but Atul Kochhar has injected new life into the menus at The Crown Inn. Old pub favourites with a twist sit happily alongside imaginative new dishes; a starter of scallops, carrot and vanilla purée, candied carrot and scallop crisp might precede a main course of Wiltshire belly pork, Savoy cabbage, apple stuffing and star anise jus or chicken with scorched leek, white bean cassoulet, smoked bacon and tarragon. Warm almond cake, mascarpone crème pâtissière, chocolate crumb and Amaretto gel rounds things off nicely.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 24
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Steps for wheelchair: 6
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 23
- Wines over £30: 25
- Wines by the glass: 19
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
Buckinghamshire is a land of glorious beech trees, wide views and imposing country houses. Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli savoured the peace and tranquillity of Hughenden Manor, while generations of statesmen have entertained world leaders at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat. Stowe and Waddesdon Manor are fine examples of even grander houses, set amid sumptuous gardens and dignified parkland.
The Vale of Aylesbury is a vast playground for leisure seekers with around 1,000 miles (1,609km) of paths and tracks to explore. Rising above it are the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 308sq miles (798sq km). They are best appreciated in autumn, when the leaves turn from dark green to deep brown. In the southeast corner of the Chilterns lie the woodland rides of Burnham Beeches, another haven for ramblers and wildlife lovers. Although the county’s history is long and eventful, it’s also associated with events within living memory. At Bletchley Park, more than 10,000 people worked in complete secrecy to try and bring a swift conclusion to World War II. Further south, an otherwise unremarkable stretch of railway line was made infamous by the Great Train Robbery in the summer of 1963.
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