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The Crown, Benson, Oxfordshire

The Crown

4.5
4.5
263 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Our kitchen, overseen by the extremely talented head chef Joe Souza, showcases and celebrates seasonal produce. The menu offers an enticing array of dishes full of flavour which are not only delicious but aesthetically pleasing as well. Daily signature dishes will also provide diners with an opportunity to explore fine ingredients whilst being able to enjoy exceptional table service which is not only attentive but also socially distant in a comfortable and contemporary style.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Beer Garden, Brewery

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–18:00 Dinner Mon–Fri 18:00–21:00 Sat 15:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01491 528930

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Joe Souza

  • Area

    Wallingford

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wine

What 263 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Lunch

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Sunday Lunch

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SM

    SparseMan

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely evening with American friends, sitting outside.
  2. RD

    RichardD

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and great service, will be back again.
  3. M

    Mike

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great busy and friendly pud with nice beers. Goode range of food but over-priced for what we had.
  4. PD

    PaulineD

    Lancashire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very nice bit expensive paying 17 50 for fish and chips and 15 pounds for a salad
  5. RH

    RichardH

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My wife and I both had soup of the day, fish and chips and baked cheese cake, two glasses of South African white wine and two glasses of Australian red wine. The whole meal was superb. Thankyou to the Crown in Benson.
  6. p

    peterl

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Booked a table but didn’t need to as place was empty. Bar staff were reasonably attentive but not overly so. I had the burger which was only ok. Found it quite greasy and not particularly tasty. Good beer choices.
  7. CR

    ConorR

    South Wales

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food, well presented, great portions and the most important thing, tasted fantastic! The staff were very pleasant and the service was timely and polite. Would return again if we’re ever back in the area!
  8. BM

    BeverleyM

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed the choices of food on offer and excellent Service
  9. SW

    SamW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Light interesting meals with size options but my roast beef was over salted
  10. PC

    PamC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very efficient front of house staff. Welcomed and made comfortable. The drinks were served quickly and the meal also arrived in good time. The food choice was small but adequate and very delicious. I would recommend the rare beef salad and the fish and chips were superb.
  11. SB

    SarahB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, the sea bass was a little bit dry. Other food was really tasty. Lovely salad! Bring back the Peanut salad! Great chips!
  12. K

    Kramber

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Very limited menu and no specials , assumed there would be specials on when looked on website pre visit Had 2 dogs with us which seemed to cause an issue and resulted in one member of staff being rude to our guest .
  13. DB

    DavidB

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Frequent visitors . Never disappointed with food. Would like to see menu changed more often.
  14. AM

    AdamM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Slightly pricey but good food, it’d be better if there was something for little kids to do in their garden, our little boy was happy picking up sticks outside but a little swingset and slide would have been great
  15. JH

    JaniceH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely meal with good service in very nice village pub.
  16. SL

    SaraL

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a booked a table and was glad we had as the place was so busy, such a lovely sight especially on a Wednesday. We were returning as food was so good last time. We were told that due to only having two chefs there may be a wait up to 40 mins- this was fine as we were told in advance. Food came quickly considering and was worth the wait. Service was good and the girls are always friendly. We will return.
  17. EO

    EliseO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were excellent when we arrived early for our pre booked table. Food was served really quickly and was delicious.
  18. w

    wendyb

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    First time at the Crown. The food was good and the waiting staff pleasant. Will be back. Not sure why we were asked if our visit was a celebration (it was a birthday) but apart from the waitress mentioning it there was no other gesture.
  19. H

    Helen

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    They were really helpful and accommodating and the food very tasty
  20. MH

    MarkH

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely local pub that serves delicious food. Service was excellent as usual.
  21. SS

    StephenS

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very friendly and helpful staff. All 5 of us rated our food highly. We plan to return so that perhaps is the best recommendation!
  22. GS

    GaryS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food at ok prices, would definitely recommend
  23. LM

    LynM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Nice pub, friendly and willing staff -my Subday roast was tasteless. It was meant to be lamb but you couldn't tell what it was
  24. O

    Oldie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    We are staying in the area. Ate here one night. We enjoyed the food so much, we returned for a second night.
  25. KG

    KatieG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely Sunday dinner. Really tasty. Welcoming staff. Only fault the sticky toffee pudding was dry.
  26. EG

    ElizabethG

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited the Crown for an early lunch with our five year old granddaughter and our border collie. We were all made to feel very welcome. The food was excellent. The children's menu was smaller servings of the adult versions, so freshly cooked and definitely not condescending to younger customers. The fish and chips were brilliant, as was the burger my husband had. Thoroughly recommended.
  27. g

    gilesh

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A lovely village pub with a mixture of locals drinking only, and others eating. Great atmosphere for a Tuesday... nice outside space for summer. we will be back !
  28. EK

    EmmaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely Staff very helpful and friendly , food was great really lovely roast and fabulous puddings all round! Great with Toddlers to :)
  29. TJ

    TJHirst

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fantastic evening with great food, great service and a relaxed, welcoming environment. Clearly a young team working really hard to make a great impression.
  30. SP

    SueP

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely food but a couple of the different choices in the menu were not available which was disappointing
  31. MM

    MariaM

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting family and friends in Benson we had a lovely meal Good value and very welcoming staff Pleasant and efficient Thank you for making it a wonderful lunch
  32. NA

    NikkiA

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic from start to finish. We booked last minute. And will defiantly be back.
  33. TC

    TerranceC

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Friendly welcome. Great food. Nice pub. Will visit again.
  34. SL

    SaraL

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live locally and wanted to try eating out locally. We were not disappointed. The staff were super friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We had a quiet table away from the main bar which is always a bonus when trying to talk and eat. The food was great, very tasty, good portion size and something for everyone including people with allergens. We will definitely return.
  35. MY

    MrYoung

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accommodating with great service. Great Sunday lunch options that went down well.
  36. T

    Talkalot

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was fine the service was ok . We were there as three ladies meeting for a chat . The waitress did keep returning as we were a while making decisions but felt we were a little ‘ in the way ‘ which could have been a fair response .,Just felt a bit disappointed as I’d heard lots of good reviews but maybe my expectations were too high.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A short notice Valentines evening opportunity, where I presumed we wouldn’t have a chance of booking, surprisingly presented itself in our favour. Although the menu wasn’t as wide ranging as I’d hoped for, the standard of the food ordered was very satisfying. The service was excellent and the ambiance was just right. A very enjoyable evening indeed
  38. PW

    PhilipW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasantly surprised: attractive location, excellent food, good service.
  39. BT

    BrendanT

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Another Sunday lunch. This time I had the pork, which was very good. Managed to have the cappuccino crème brûlée this time, as it had run out the last time I was there. Was well worth the wait! As usual, friendly and attentive service.
  40. VS

    VictoriaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and service. Good wine list. A brilliant gastro pub.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Crown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01491 528930.

The Crown is rated 4.5 stars by 263 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Crown

52 High Street, Benson, Oxfordshire OX10 6RP

Additional information

  • Area

    Wallingford

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–18:00 Dinner Mon–Fri 18:00–21:00 Sat 15:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Beer Garden, Brewery

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Joe Souza

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wine

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