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The Crown, Benson, Oxfordshire

The Crown

4.5
4.5
250 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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Booked 2 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

Menu

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What 250 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Child Friendly

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Lunch

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Neighbourhood Gem

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  1. 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

  2. JH

    JaniceH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely meal with good service in very nice village pub.

  3. SL

    SaraL

    Oxford

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. GS

    GaryS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great food at ok prices, would definitely recommend

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 !

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. TC

    TerranceC

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Friendly welcome. Great food. Nice pub. Will visit again.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. PW

    PhilipW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pleasantly surprised: attractive location, excellent food, good service.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. LP

    LynneP

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service from the young staff. Very cheerful polite and efficient

  29. w

    wendy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    A lovely lunch in a lovely pub! It was all very enjoyable - beautiful village too!

  30. CK

    ChristopherK

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food & good service. Especially enjoyed the 'soup of the day'! The bitter is a treat too.

  31. JM

    JMPG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and wonderful service. Thank you, we will be back.

  32. T

    Trapper

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Delightful staff. Warm and welcoming surroundings. Food fine. We hope to return.

  33. LH

    LHC86

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Service was great. I had broccoli and Stilton soup to start which was perfect. Then I had the Caesar salad, which was nice, but needed a bit more dressing and also could do with adding chicken as really it’s more like a side salad as it is, so not good value for money at all, and not filling. The brownie for dessert was delicious. And the pints were perfect! Service was also faultless. Will definitely be returning.

  34. BT

    BrendanT

    London

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very good Sunday lunch. The beef was excellent- nicely pink in the middle and not at all chewy (as is sometimes the case with a pub Sunday roast). The sticky toffee pudding rounded things off.

  35. NW

    NickW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good varied menu including a specials menu from which I ordered some of the best fresh mussels I’ve had for some time. My wife loved the cappuccino creme brûlée! Great choice of Hook Norton Beers including on-site brewed lager. Plus tasty wines and extensive gin and cocktail menu. Very efficient, polite and attentive staff, all masked up. Nice ambience with a well judged volume of background music. Love it.

  36. SL

    StephenL

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal as usual. The service from Daniel was exceptional. Thank you

  37. L

    Lewi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The quality of the food is excellent, as is the service and cost of the lunch set menu. The feel of the pub is warm and welcoming.

  38. KT

    KayT

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Spotless character local pub with fabulous quality fresh food I had cauliflower soup spiced and Thai green chicken curry Absolutely gorgeous full of flavour The loos had local fresh flowers I’d recommend a visit I’ll be going back for sure

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    New venue for Sunday lunch , will be back .

  40. S

    Simplepleasures

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    once again an excellent Sunday lunch , well cooked, tasty and hot

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 250 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

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Booked 2 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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