“Friendly pub with a unique atmosphere and great food” - AA Inspector
BURCHETT'S GREEN, BERKSHIRE
Our Inspector's view
Not just your average 19th-century pub, The Crown is full of original features and understated country-chic furnishings. Chef-patron Simon Bonwick clearly has an impressive grasp of classic French techniques and an intuitive grasp of how ingredients work together in each dish, and his sharp, precise cooking provides intense, satisfying flavours. Menu descriptions underplay what arrives on the plate, with dishes like Cromer crab with apple, citrus and cashew, croustade of sorrel and spinach, asparagus and morels, or slow cooked veal cheek with ‘rather nice’ veal sauce all proving to be more than the sum of their parts.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30: 40
- Cuisine style: British, French
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About the area
Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.
Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.
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