The Crown

4.6
139 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.

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
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
What 139 People Are Saying
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JasonC
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whilst we are frequent visitors to the crown, as always the service and food are top notch!

The Crown
Responded 5 days ago

It's always a pleasure to see you Jason, thank-you for the lovely review. Best wishes

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KateH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dinner for 4. Very impressed with the range of choice on the menu and the quality of the food when it came was very good and enjoyed by everyone. The service was good and the staff were very pleasant and helpful. I would thoroughly recommend this pub to anyone.

The Crown
Responded 6 days ago

Thank-you for this lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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Catmor
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely table, the service was really friendly and professional. Food as always was fab, my friend is Italian and he loved the linguine.

The Crown
Responded on 16 September 2021

Thank-you for this lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit! We've passed on the compliments to the chefs who are thrilled your table thought the food was fab. Best wishes The crown inn at benson

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LouiseG
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, great service, wonderful cocktails!

The Crown
Responded 6 days ago

Thank-you for this lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit including the cocktails. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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KateP
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was very good, delicious. Cocktails were also very good, our only down side was that the starters came out before our drinks we ordered a large wine, pint of Moretti and two cocktails. The waitress bought out everything bar the pint which we feel she had forgotten off the order as it arrived once we asked where it was however she replied it was on its way but came sometime after. Very friendly staff, we would visit again if we were in the area.

The Crown
Responded on 17 September 2021

Thank-you for this lovely review , we are so pleased you enjoyed your over all visit. We are so sorry about the error with your drinks order, we will make sure this doesn't happen again. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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RobS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best belly pork I have ever eaten.
Portion ratio was bang on (meat to accompaniments)
All topped off with a great selection of Ales and beers.

The Crown
Responded 3 days ago

Thank-you for this lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and really hope you stay with us again. Best wishes The Crown inn at benson

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ClaireC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sent a message to the crown to say if was our 10th wedding Anniversary. We were greeted with flowers, a signed card from the pub and a glass of fizz each. We even had a free starter to share.

The food was delicious and we had our favourite rib eye steak and as always it was beautiful and tasty.

Our puddings were yummy and to make extra perfect, the staff were amazing and hospitable.

Thank you for making our anniversary meal so special!!

THANK YOU!

The Crown
Responded on 12 September 2021

Hi Claire, Happy anniversary once again! We are so pleased you enjoyed all the little touches. Thank-you for deciding to visit The Crown inn for your special anniversary. We look forward to seeing you again and thank-you for the lovely review.

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JoHu
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Polite and friendly staff. The two courses for £16 was great value with well presented food packed with flavour. The Hook Norton beer was fab. We had a lovely lunch with a mixture of ages and all said they’d return.

The Crown
Responded on 12 September 2021

Thank-you for this lovely review , we are so pleased you enjoyed your lunch time visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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HaydnLJ
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were in the area on holiday and decided to look for somewhere to eat close to our accommodation. Checked out The Crown in Benson online and decided to book a table for an evening meal. We were not disappointed. The standard of food was excellent and the presentation too. Top quality beer and wine as well. We enjoyed it that much we went again 48 hours later. If you’re in the area I would highly recommend it. If you live in Benson, I think you know how lucky you are.

The Crown
Responded on 11 September 2021

Thank-you so much for this lovely review. We are so pleased you found us during your staycation and made such a good impression on you. We've passed the feedback onto every member of the team who makes The Crown inn at Benson what it is as well as being the reason it's so special. We really hope you will visit again, best wishes.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to try The Crown for my birthday, having just moved to the area. It was outstanding! We couldn’t fault anything! Service was swift and very friendly! I was met with a lovely surprise of a glass of bubbles to celebrate my birthday and the food was incredible, the pork belly was just “chef’s kiss”. The ambience and vibe of the place was comfortable and friendly. Overall had a wonderful experience and will definitely be returning.

The Crown
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank-you for firstly selecting The Crown inn at Benson to be the venue to celebrate your birthday and welcome to Benson! We are so pleased you enjoyed your over all experience and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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PennyH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely Sunday roast in a popular pub, the service was excellent and friendly, good portion good and very tasty

The Crown
Responded on 8 September 2021

Thank-you for this lovely feedback, we are thrilled you enjoyed your recent visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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PATS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Staff very polite and helpful .10oz steak cooked to perfection.Belly pork delicious as were the roast vegetables. Felt let down by rack of lamb. 3 tiny pieces of lamb , 3 very small potatoes, a couple of mushrooms with a spoonful of greens for £22. The dish is not filling, more of a starter size. Tasted lovely but both of us were still hungry. In our opinion the lamb is not good value for money

The Crown
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank-you for this lovely review, we always appreciate feedback as it helps us as a business flourish and improve. I have passed the comments on to the chef team who will review the feedback regarding the lamb dish. We hope to see you again soon, best wishes.

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ClaireC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we arrived to the time we left, all the staff were amazing , attentive , happy and personable!

The food was seriously tasty and I didn’t want my steak to ever finish!

I think my father in law wants to come back again before they go home!

Thank you!

The Crown
Responded on 27 August 2021

Thank-you for leaving this lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed every part of your recent visit. I've passed on the kind comments to our wonderful team who make The crown as brilliant as it is. See you again soon!

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MirandaT
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Had a few takeaway Sunday roasts during lockdown and food was great then visited when re opened cans had a lovely Sunday roast although food wasn’t particularly hot but anyway went again yesterday and food was very disappointing not only just as it almost cold the beef was awful very fatty and I think I must have had the end as it was very over done and hard and the veg I had was basically a load of chopped onion not a nice selection of seasonal vegetables at all!! I also recommended the crown to friends in my village and was very embarrassing as they too were not impressed either!! I did tell the waitress when asked if the food was ok and she apologised but no other action was taken!!

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CharlieS
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Amazing place and the food was really really good, however service slightly let us down with what appeared to be an inexperienced waitress, I know people learn and make mistakes but this was one of the things that let the visit down. Also mango chutney was bought out instead of apple sauce and before my mother realised the mistake it was on her Sunday lunch. Little things let it down in that respect. None the less, lovely setting, and lovely food. Will be going again.

The Crown
Responded on 27 August 2021

Thank-you for taking the time to leave this review, I would really like to talk to you in more detail about the unfortunate experience you had when you visited recently. If you could email manager@thecrownatbenson.co.uk or telephone and ask to speak to Miles we would really appreciate it. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great food as always, good attentive service but I would say the tables near the kitchen suffer ambiance because of the bright lights of the kitchen.

The Crown
Responded on 27 August 2021

Thankyou for leaving this feedback, we appreciate all reviews. Please let us know your seating preference next time you book and we will ensure you don't get seated near the kitchen area. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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JuneS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating. Staff were brilliant...The food was well presented and delicious. Took our three granddaughters age 20 and 17 and 15 they loved the Ceasor Salads. It all looked good will definitely go again and recommend it to anyone looking for something special.

The Crown
Responded on 16 August 2021

Thank-you for this wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed every element of your visit. We really hope to see you again soon.

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Suzyfood
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely food, spotless rooms and the staff were very friendly and attentive all night. Would highly recommend

The Crown
Responded on 1 August 2021

Thank-you so much for this lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed every part of your stay here at The Crown inn at Benson. We really hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes Miles and the team

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RichardR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful pub/restaurant. Fantastic meal and service. Would definitely recommend.

The Crown
Responded on 31 July 2021

Thank-you for this lovely review Richard, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again very soon.

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DavidJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went to The Crown Benson, for lunch 26/07/2021. Staff were very pleasent and freindly, service good and quick. The food was tasty and plentifull. I would recommend the The Crown Benson.

The Crown
Responded on 27 July 2021

Thank-you for this wonderful feedback David, we are delighted you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon. We've passed on your lovely comments to our brilliant front of how team who we know will be delighted to hear your kind comments.

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DeniseD
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice roast dinner. My only suggestion would be to bring veg to the table as my portion of cauliflower and vegetables was a little on the small side. But a very nice meal and highly recommend.

The Crown
Responded on 27 July 2021

Thank-you for this lovely review Denise, we have taken on board your comments and will be reviewing how we serve our roasts. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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ENew
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food was terrible but service and refurb are really good. Need to sort it out ASAP as last year the food was fantastic and worth the price and was a lovely place to eat. HN please sort as you are losing customers left/right/centre.

The Crown
Responded on 3 August 2021

Thank-you for this review, we always appreciate any type of feedback in order to help us improve the over all customer experience. We would really like to discuss your recent visit in more detail regarding the meals you received. If you would like to contact Miles the general manager on 01491528930 or emailing manager@thecrownatbenson.co.uk this would be greatly appreciated. We hope your next visit will be more enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for anniversary meal, only having been 2 days before for Sunday lunch birthday meal, again we weren’t disappointed. The food is outstanding, the flavour combinations are delicious. The staff, ambiance and service is first class. Thank you team for another enjoyable visit. Highly recommended

The Crown
Responded on 25 July 2021

Thank-you for leaving this lovely review we are so thrilled you enjoyed your visit and came back due to being so impressed. We have passed on the wonderful feedback to all of our team who really make The Crown inn at Benson a special place. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Thoms
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I was very disappointed by my first and unfortunately probably my last visit to the Crown where my partner and I had supper outside in the courtyards a few nights ago. The service was quite prompt and pleasant but the food was disappointing and very expensive.
I chose Fish & Chips. The fish was greasy and over cooked and not appetising, the 6-7 chunky chips were ok but the mushy peas consisted of a tiny bowl of green puree. My guest had Risotto, the portion was so small it needed to be supplemented first with a small' Caesars Salad (a plain green or mixed salad does not appear on the menu) and then a bowl of chips. The sweet and the ice cream to finish our meal was ok but unremarkable. The bill for £91 however was excessive particularly as drinks consisted of two glasses of wine and a beer.
If like me, you are not a dog lover I would advise against sitting outside. The visiting canines kept up an almost incessant barking !

The Crown
Responded on 14 July 2021

Thank-you for the review Thom. Since opening this is our first ever one star review and we are so disappointed you felt you did not have the customer experience usually received at The Crown inn at Benson. We are however pleased the front of house team member provided you with great service. I'd really like to discuss this review in more detail to help ensure this doesn't happen again. If you could contact us on 01491528930 or email manager@thecrownatbenson.co.uk

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KellyC
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was gorgeous. Everything was perfectly cooked and really nice to see some interesting menu options.

The Crown
Responded on 14 July 2021

Thank-you so much Kelly for the fantastic review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience here at The Crown inn at Benson. We really hope to see you again soon so you can enjoy more meals in our beautiful pub. Best wishes, The Crown inn at Benson.

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RichardS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with excellent service.
I requested a birthday cake and this arrived right on cue.

Very impressed.

The Crown
Responded on 14 July 2021

We are so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit to The Crown inn at Benson. Every birthday should be celebrated so we are so happy you enjoyed the cake you requested. Thank you for choosing us to be the venue of choice and we really hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, The Crown inn at Benson team.

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AliceT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening, tasty salad bowls, great service.

The Crown
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank-you for this lovely feedback we really appreciate it. We hope to see you again to enjoy more of our menu.

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Gannice
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great drinks, and great food. They have done very well with the refurb and have given it more charm than before!

The Crown
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank-you so much for this lovely review we really appreciate the feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit and find our beautiful pub charming after Hook Norton Brewery transformed it. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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TomH
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, warm welcome, reasonably priced…. All good

The Crown
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank-you for this lovely feedback, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope we will see you again soon.

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taster
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very attentive, food served quickly. Duck was very tasty. Personally did not like the Vietnamese summer roll as it was very chewy and hard. Lager was nicely chilled, wine was good. Scottish clams in linguine had too many bits of shell but dish was very well prepared and tasted authentic.

The Crown
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank-you for this feedback we always appreciate ways to improve our business and the menu we have available. I have fed back the feedback to our team of chefs who are working hard to rectify these issues you experienced. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope next time your experience is even better.

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YvonneM
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I went for lunch with a couple of friends. We were greeted straight away with a lovely member of staff. The service was good and the food was presented with a high standard. The fish and chips looked amazing but the dessert was my favourite. I would go back again and recommend the Crown to others.

The Crown
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thankyou for this lovely feedback we really appreciate it. We are so pleased your whole experience was memorable and enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Charles
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a table for five and had the following:

1x Steak
1 x Caesar salad
2x Burger
1 x Duck

All the food was prepared and presented very well.
The beer (Hooky) was lovely and the cocktail selection was good

The Crown
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank-you for this lovely feedback we really appreciate reviews of any kind in order to help us deliver the best possible experience. We are so happy you enjoyed the various meals you had as well as our carefully crafted beers and cocktails, we enjoy celebrating 172 years of brewing heritage with all of our customers. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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ChrisW
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table to celebrate my wife's birthday. Very warm welcome on arrival and the complimentary glass of prosecco for her was very well received, thank you!! As there were 6 of us we tried all of the starters and thoroughly enjoyed each of them, joint favourites were the cod bites and croquettes (thank you for sending out more for us!!). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their mains it was all cooked perfectly and the empty plates must have spoken volumes! Chocolate delice proved very popular and even though by this point we were fit to burst we managed to finish our puddings! It was our first visit to The Crown since moving here in December and we are very much looking forward to coming back again, we all thoroughly enjoyed not only the food, but everyone we spoke to couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. Lovely atmosphere too. See you again soon!!

The Crown
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thankyou for coming to The Crown inn at Benson to celebrate your wife's birthday. We are so pleased we made it memorable for you in every sense of your visit. We really hope we will see you many more times and you will enjoy every visit.

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JaneA
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always made to feel welcome - great food and wonderful choices.

The Crown
Responded on 8 July 2021

Thank-you Jane for this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoy your visit and feel so welcome. It's always a pleasure to see you.

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Nicola
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food, fab cocktails and fab service, as always.

The Crown
Responded on 8 July 2021

Thank-you Nicola for this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your recent visit here at The Crown inn at Benson. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Isles of Scilly
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, clean plates all round, nice friendly atmosphere. This was our first visit ans already planning our next :-)

The Crown
Responded on 14 July 2021

Thank-you for visiting The Crown inn at Benson and leaving this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience and we really look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, The Crown inn at Benson team.

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MatthewH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning food beautifully presented. As good as a Michelin star pub I eat at near home. Myles and his team are excellent hosts and he has a talented team of chefs who aren't afraid to experiment with ingredients and flavours. They also present the dishes beautifully. Don't confuse Myles and his team with the previous owners and reviews, this is a completely different gastro pub experience! Shout out to Daniel in the team too, who looked after us so well! Matthew and Donna, Bath, UK

The Crown
Responded on 14 July 2021

It was an absolute pleasure having you visit our beautiful pub. We are so happy you enjoyed every element of you stay and visit. We really look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes The Crown inn at Benson team.

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ViJD
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. The food was exceptional and service too. It exceeded all expectations.

The Crown
Responded on 14 July 2021

We are so pleased you enjoyed every element of your recent visit. We really look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best wishes, The Crown inn at Benson team.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a friend out for a meal and booked an outdoor table. We were greeted by the friendly staff. The courtyard was lovely. The food was beautiful, the drink selection fantastic. The staff were friendly and very professional. We will definitely be returning.

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lucyw123
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

First visit since lockdown ended, so we were excited to be back. New smokehouse mains on the menu looked interesting however, served on a shiny wooden board with the meat and chips wrapped in shiny grease proof paper meant the dishes were a nightmare for the staff to place on fairly small tables, and one of ours ended up on the floor, no fault of the waitress, just silly style over substance. Not sure why the meat was on top of the chips, as this meant they were soggy. All a bit underwhelming for £17. Cheese board was really good value but the cheesecake was not. It was not described as deconstructed but it was. Slab of grainy cheese, no flavour and no sweetness and a minute heap of very small crumbs scattered on it. The raspberry sorbet on the side was the only good thing. To be fair, we did complain and we were not charged for the dish. We are local and so really disappointed in the overall food experience. We will go back but will try the burgers next time, fingers crossed, as we like being able to walk to the pub for a drink and some decent grub.

FAQs

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

The Crown is rated 4.6 stars by 139 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.