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The Crown

4.7
39 reviews
£25 and under
British

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Our kitchen, overseen by the extremely talented head chef Joeseph Dean, 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 39 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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4.1
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Geoff137
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Benson sorely needs a foodie pub again and now it has it! Shortish menu contains good choices. Starters were superb. Steaks a bit pricey but top quality. Good wine list including by glass. Good cocktail choice too. Staff were excellent throughout, attentive, responsive and good fun.
We met the Manager, Miles, and his assistant who were around and in control.
They need to refresh the menu and to add some specials to maintain frequent visits. The muzak was irritating and a bit loud for a meal out with friends... or anybody really. It was busy on Saturday evening and it felt rather cramped for these Covid times. Certainly more so that other nearby pubs/ restaurants.
We will certainly be back however, and hope to speak & listen freely!

The Crown
Responded 3 days ago

Thank-you for leaving a review for The Crown inn at Benson. We are thrilled you enjoyed the food therefore our menu may appear small but we aim to create execute the dishes well. We are constantly checking music volume and playlist levels and are sorry that this may not be to your liking. Please do ask a member of the team in the future to adjust this for you. We hope you visit again soon

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Catmor
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Crown was recommended by a neighbour. We were blown away by how amazing the food was. All homemade to the highest standard, the flavours were outstanding and so creative. We’ll be back really soon.

The Crown
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank-you for leaving this fabulous review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your meal here at The Crown inn at Benson. We are so proud of our wonderful kitchen team as well as our front of house teams. We look forward to welcoming you back soon

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EmmaT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience, lunch with a girlfriend, lovely service, felt very safe and had possibly the best mushroom and butternut squash risotto I’ve ever had.
Will defined be back. Highly recommended!!

The Crown
Responded 3 days ago

Thank-you for leaving this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed every part of your visit to The Crown inn at Benson. We've passed on the great feedback to our wonderful kitchen team who are thrilled by the feedback. We hope you'll be back soon.

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AbiR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so friendly and accommodating. Food was absolutely first class. Nothing seemed too big of an ask for them. Will definitely be returning

The Crown
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank-you for leaving this brilliant review. We are all so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit and experienced nothing but great customer service and excellent food. We really look forward to welcoming you back to The Crown inn at Benson soon.

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ZoeO
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic burgers, great friendly service and Leanne made the best coffee

The Crown
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank-you for this lovely review. We are so pleased you not only enjoyed your delicious burgers but also remembered our wonderful front of house team member Leanne. We've passed on your kind words which have made her smile even more. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Crown inn Benson soon.

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JEANNE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, well presented and cooked. The staff were polite and attentive. The wine and beer was good. The menu was varied and well priced. The ambiance was friendly and relaxing.

The Crown
Responded 4 days ago

Hello there, Thank-you for taking the time to leave this wonderful review. We are so pleased you found your over all visit to be relaxing and friendly- we are so proud of our Front of house team delivering excellent customer service and have passed on the feedback. We've also passed the compliments on to the incredible kitchen team who are thrilled you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Fizzer18
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

The Crown is lovely. My only gripe is the poor choice of larger that they sell... It does make you think that they don’t want larger drinkers in the pub.

I only went in for drinks no food

The Crown
Responded 7 days ago

Hi there, Thank-you for taking the time to leave us this review. We are sorry you feel the lager selection is limited however with our small bar space we had to be selective with the products we stock. Our Hook Norton Ironstone lager seems popular- if this isn't your usual taste we also have Birra Moretti or bottles of Asahi available. A small selection however we feel there is a lager to suit all tastes from the range we sell. We hope you visit again soon.

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Baggy
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the steak which was delicious.Creme brûlée and sorbet yummy.

The Crown
Responded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thank-you for leaving this review; we ae all so pleased you enjoyed your meal. The raspberry sorbet seems to be a show stopper with our delicious crème brulee. We've passed on your excellent comments to our wonderful team of chefs and we hope to see you again soon.

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Lucinda
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a nice setting. Plenty of outdoor space.

The Crown
Responded on 20 October 2020

Hi there, Thank-you for taking the time to leave this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed our outdoor space as well as your food. We hope you enjoy more visits to The Crown inn. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Pawa
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first meal at the new Crown and the food was fantastic. We Had Sunday roasts that were great in presentation, quality and quantity. Great addition to the village!

The Crown
Responded on 20 October 2020

Hi there , Thank-you so much for taking the time to leave this amazing review. We are so pleased you enjoyed not only your first visit to The Crown inn at Benson but also enjoyed your Sunday lunch. We are so happy to be part of this wonderful community. We hope to see you again soon

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MarkH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly and helpful staff. Menu is fairly limited, but has something for everyone and I think it shows the food is cooked fresh. Ale was excellent as you would expect from a Hook Norton pub.

The Crown
Responded on 19 October 2020

Hi there, Thank-you for taking the time to leave this brilliant review. We really appreciate the feedback and have taken on board your comment regarding the menu. Everything served from our kitchen is made fresh so we are decided to focus on serving a smaller menu to ensure every dish is served to an excellent standard. We are very pleased you enjoy the ale selection and are a fan of Hook Norton Brewery. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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AlisonK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance and liked the new decor. This is a welcome addition to the village and I can see we'll be going there regularly.

The Crown
Responded on 19 October 2020

Hi there, Thank-you so much for this wonderful review; we are all so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the revived Crown inn at Benson. It's wonderful reading just how supportive the community are. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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KylieWoo
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for a girlie lunch for a friends Birthday & had a great time. The food was delicious & the Birthday Prosecco went down really well 😉Leeanne our waitress was lovely & helped us decide what to order. Loving the new local!

The Crown
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank-you for leaving this wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your friends birthday lunch here at The Crown inn at Benson. We have passed on your wonderful feedback to Leanne who is extremely pleased she made such a great impression of her. Her usual smile has doubled in size from hearing how much you enjoyed her service. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Crown inn at Benson soon .

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This pub has been transformed into a lovely pub and restaurant with lots of character and warmth. Friendly staff and good service. Food was delicious.

The Crown
Responded on 17 October 2020

Hi Sarah, Thank-you so much for taking the time to leave this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit! Our wonderful pub has just cosier as we have lit the first fire of the year! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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ConorR
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & great service in a cosy new setting. Will definitely be coming back!

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Conor, Thank-you so much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. The kitchen team as well as our front of house team .have been working extremely hard to provide excellent service and delicious seasonal food. We look forward to welcoming you again

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RosinaC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed an excellent meal at the Crown . The covid precautions , meal and staff were excellent .

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi Rosina, Thank-you for taking the time to leave a review for The Crown inn at Benson. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal and our wonderful front of house team made you feel welcome. Covid-19 is obviously something we are being incredibly mindful about during the current climate; we are pleased to hear that you found our precautions to be well executed. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast ever!

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there, Thank-you so much for taking the time to leave us a review here on Open table. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your roast! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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RodM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Could have had a better table for 5. A bit cramped

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Rod, Firstly we would like to thank-you for taking the time to leave us this review. We are all so pleased you enjoyed our excellent menu and the customer service you received was also memorable. We do send our apologies for your feelings regarding the cramped table; we have reviewed our seating plan to ensure not only are we following the Covid-19 guidelines but also ensuring all customers feel relaxed and comfortable. We do hope we see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Roast

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there, Thank-you for taking the time to leave us this review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your roast at The Crown inn at Benson. We hope to see you again soon.

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MapleinUK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday Roast. Lovely atmosphere and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My first visit since it opened, the overall service and ambiance was very good and the food was outstanding, would highly recommend this venue.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there, Thank-you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased you enjoyed your visit! Our kitchen team have done an incredible job of executing our menu and we look forward to you all trying our seasonal specials soon. We look forward to you visiting again.

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MarcusH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

What a great place, really enjoyed ourselves.

Yes the staff are still learning (few little teething problems), but any issues were put right straight away and it's how you handle issues rather than trying to stop them all happening.

Food quality was brilliant, 4 clean and tidy plates.

Overall would we return, yes without a doubt. Actually spoke to friends and they all said the same.

My hats go off to all the staff for creating a wonderful place.

Think the only problem will be getting a table.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Marcus, Thank-you for taking the time to review The Crown inn at Benson. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and the food was also well received. As a new opening it's also appreciated you understand that the teething problems are something we are ironing out over the opening weeks. Our front of house team, kitchen and management teams are all working hard together to ensure every customer enjoys their visit...next time we hope you enjoy it even more so!

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ClaireC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

The pub is lovely inside. We found the service was not as good. Bringing out wrong food orders and charging us adult prices for the kids. We had to chase orders a few times. Food was tasty.

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Dave
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We got made to feel very awkward and that our face didn't fit for the environment not much atmosphere, was having a family meal and few drinks which we also got told we would be cut off for drinking to much and its ment to be a pub? Overall very expensive for a bad experience

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Dave, Thank-you for taking the time to leave us this review. We appreciate all feedback and we apologize you felt this way during your visit. We understand your frustration at what may have been a miscommunication about the new direction for The Crown inn at Benson. Our team are extremely passionate about our new venture and all we can do is once again send our apologies for what has been potentially misunderstood.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Full English. A lovely Hispanic woman served us, very impressed.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Thank-you for leaving us this wonderful review. We have passed on a message to Alicia who is the supervisor who served you during your visit; we are delighted her hard work has been recognised. It's great to hear the breakfast was also well received, we will pass on the praise to our incredible kitchen team as well. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Crown inn soon.

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HelenP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food at the Crown. We were 6 adults. We all had either the rib eye steak and fish and chips , the food was delicious and well presented. I haven’t had such a tasty well cooked steak in a long time. The waiters/waitresses were very friendly and engaging. You could tel a few were new but they were very polite and attentive. Not the cheapest place but you don’t mind paying for good food! Will definitely be back. Covid rules were all adheres to and social distancing well maintained.

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JonF
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having recently been refurbished the Crown is much improved and the Team have created a really nice environment in which to eat, drink or meet friends. The food is very good and although not a huge menu, the various dishes are done really well.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Jon, Thank-you for leaving us this lovely review. We really appreciate the brilliant feedback and do hope you'll return to the Crown inn soon. We are working hard with our head chef to develop and tweak our menu so you will notice changes soon. We are also introducing specials which are going to be seasonally focused dishes using local produce. We hope to see you again soon.

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IanP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely pub, good service and fantastic food. Unable to wandered around and have a good looking at new decor due to covid. Felt safe re covid and would go again.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Ian, Thank-you for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We are really pleased you enjoyed our revived Crown inn; the entire team are so proud of what we have achieved so far. During these uncertain times it is difficult to ensure all customers get to experience The Crown to it's full potential however when you're next in and the pub is quiet please do ask one of our front of house team members to give you a covid safe tour. We look forward to seeing you again soon soon.

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KellyC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and lovely atmosphere. Plus of course because it is a Hook Norton pub they have fantastic beers.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi Kelly, Thank-you for leaving us this brilliant review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and everything we have to offer at The Crown inn Benson. We hope to see you again soon.

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TedC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good atmosphere, slightly noisy but okay. Very nice young man waiting table but had problems with the ordering system. Bit more training?
Food was fine, but pricey. The Caesar salad was very difficult to eat when served in a deep sided dish making the fish cake impossible to see.
Good beer and wine and coping well with the present restrictions. We will be back. Give it a try!

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi Ted, We really appreciate you taking the time to leave this feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your over-all experience and have spent some time to reflect on your comments. In regards to our front of house member we are working hard to ensure that every team feels confident using our new system- we hope next time you visit you will notice a difference. We are constantly reviewing how we present our menu and we have considered your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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juhu
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sympathetic renovation. We had an excellent meal. I started with Confit Duck Leg and had the Roast Cod for my main. Both delicious. My husband had fish cake to start and lamb shank main and described both as delightful. Despite it being very busy our food arrived in reasonable time. Our waitress was lovely.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there, Thank-you for taking the time to write a review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your meal at the Crown inn at Benson. Our wonderful team of chefs, front of house and management have worked extremely hard to ensue quality products and brilliant customer service are the heart of the pub; so it is very appreciated to receive lovely feedback like this. We hope you will be back to visit us soon.

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SueW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upgrade enormous improvement. Lovely atmosphere and delicious food

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Sue, Thank-you for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. All the team at The Crown are so proud of what we have achieved so far and we hope your next visit will be even more memorable. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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JohnR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic renovation, food was of an exceptional standard, much higher than we were expecting.

We both had the duck leg starter which was to die for, as were our main courses of Calves liver and Tuna Salad.

Lovely friendly waitress, we will certainly be back.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there John, Thank-you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your meal at The Crown inn Benson, our kitchen team have worked incredibly hard developing the menu so it's great to hear customers are enjoying what we have to offer. We are extremely proud of the renovation work and our wonderful team. It's wonderful to hear our customers are also enjoying the new Crown inn at Benson. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Shawsy
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely evening. Cracking food and service. A bit over-priced though.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Shawsy, Thank-you for taking the time to leave this review; your feedback is greatly appreciated. In regards to pricing of our menus we are constantly reviewing this however there are a few factors involved which include using local produce/suppliers which does have a cost effect. We are so pleased you enjoyed your evening and the service/ food impressed you. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Crown inn soon.

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CharlesS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see the Crown open again. New team have a good food and beer selection and the service was prompt.
Well done

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Charles, Thank-you for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit and we delivered in all areas from service to drink selection. The team at The Crown are all so passionate and being able to read reviews like this are very much appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great refurb... Lovely staff very attentive, fantastic quality food, will be back again soon

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there, Thank-you for taking the time to leave us this review; we really appreciate the feedback. We are all so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit and we hope you will continue to do so. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, newly reopened, good food, will definitely be back.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Michael, Thank-you for taking the time to leave this review; we really appreciate the feedback. Our wonderful team have worked really hard and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We do have something exciting that is coming to The Crown inn soon which might please you as a stout drinker. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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DebbieH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newly refurbished and reopened village pub. Nice decor, lovely atmosphere and lovely food.
Great service team and management.
Lovely outside seating area which we look forward to using in better weather. Safe COVID measures in place. Varied but not over extensive menu but a good mix. Average prices locally and well worth it.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Debbie, Thank-you for taking the time to leave this lovely review; we really appreciate the feedback. We are so proud of every member of our team here at The Crown inn and have passed on your feedback. We are so pleased you like the renovations and felt safe with all our Covid-19 measures. It is also lovely hearing you enjoyed our menu; we are currently developing the menu to include seasonal specials using local produce. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Crown soon.

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AlanWM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

What a great come back. The new refurb is brilliant. Background music was a nice volume and eclectic.
We didn't have food but the beer was great and a sensible pub price.
Plenty of polite staff and good Covid procedures.
Happy to have Hook Norton as a local.

The Crown
Responded on 15 October 2020

Hi there Alan, Thank-you for taking the time to leave us this review; we really appreciate the feedback. Here at The Crown inn at Benson we are very proud to be part of the Hook Norton family and it's lovely to hear customers are also fans of the brewery as well. We are pleased you felt comfortable with our Covid-19 procedures and that you enjoyed your interactions with our wonderful front of house team. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Crown inn soon.

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The Crown is rated 4.7 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.