The 3 Crowns
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Cleverly designed to ensure that guest get their desired vibe, the venue is split into two - with the spacious and lively bar at the front and a restaurant separated by a grand curtain at the back. The decor itself is timeless and classic, designed to only get better with age.
The open kitchen run by Head Chef Lee Urch focuses on honest cooking. The breakfast lunch and dinner menus are centered around seasonal and well sourced produce and creating delicious dishes with culinary flair. Seasonality is the only staple in the Three Crowns kitchen with the menu changing daily and creativity going against the grain of gimmicky cooking.
Saturday: 11am - 11:30pm
I came with my partner for a pre-Barbican Cinema meal. Staff made sure that we had been served in good time for our film. Lee Urch's food was delicious, particularly the homemade pate and terrine and a warming, fragrant lamb stew. A lovely relaxed atmosphere. Lively, but not too noisy for a chat. Friendly, efficient service. I'll be back!
Food was pretty good, lacked seasoning but not bad for the price. Service was some of the worst experienced living in London. Had to ask for more to drink at a PUB. Server seemed more interested in other things. Had to find someone to ask for the bill. Probably a better place for Sunday Lunch.
A noisy welcome when you enter the pub but once you're in the restaurant and the curtain is closed, then you don't feel as if you're being watched. The food was very good as was the service. A relaxed atmosphere and would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
Good place, good food, good value. Enjoyed lunch there. Nice to be able to see the kitchen from the restaurant.
It's a pub, with the bar open to a back room with tables in, yet the prices are rather elevated for what it is. And the service charge! Oh come on, you're a pub, not a restaurant. Stop gouging your customers for an extra 12.5% and let use decide on a tip.
I've been here four or five times now and have only positive things to say. The exterior speaks to this location's history as a local boozer, but inside, you'd be forgiven for not noticing that there is a lively bar at one end of the long dining room (handily separable by a curtain if the drinkers get too boisterous.)
I took my parents visiting London here the night they arrived. The service is attentive and friendly. The menu is genuinely interesting but not annoyingly avant-garde. The open kitchen subtly suggests their (deserved) pride in the quality of the cooking. Crab and avocado starter, crab soup with rouille (so crabby!) and fresh beet salad started us off with confident and delicious flavours. For mains, we had in-season grouse with classical fixings and a special of Bavette, simply prepared with horseradish sauce and some cress. Portions are just right. Couldn't have been happier.
I have also had brunch there a number of times - I particularly recall a wonderful dish of polenta and mushrooms that was like-the-plate good.
Bottom line, I'm not quite sure why this place is not packed every night...it's bustly, but there were a few open tables. Old Street (especially west) is oddly lacking in interesting spots. Thank goodness for The Three Crowns.
Four of us met for lunch and we had varieties of liver, pork and haddock; all well cooked and served fresh within a reasonable time. Very pleasant ambiance, although building works across the road just now did leave something to be desired. No opportunity to eat outside, but this is right in the centre of a busy area, so not exactly a surprise. We enjoyed our meal and were not harassed to leave, which is another plus.
When booking I found all the pubs in Islington to be fully booked. The 3 crowns can up in my search so I booked it with slight trepidation. I needn't have worried as the food and service were excellent.
Chicken pie, roast cod were really. No ordinary pub restaurant.
We really loved this place when we visited the first time, and it was just as fabulous going back. The service was outstanding, I am wheat and dairy intolerant and the waiter was incredibly helpful, his dish recommendations also went down very well with my less awkward dining companions.
The cod was wonderful, as were the super-crispy chips and elderflower sorbet
Attentive but not overbearing staff.
Exceptionally high quality food.
Good choice on the menu.
Excellent food with well chosen side items. Good quality and fresh throughout.
Returned to the 3 Crowns last night for a colleague's farewell dinner. It was still warm enough for an Aperol Spritz, then we went all wintery and opted for beef pie with the creamiest ever mash. Delicious! My colleagues hadn't been before and vowed to return. The atmosphere is always friendly and there are some interesting wines too.
Superb food, beer, service, and atmosphere. Excellent as always!
If one is to believe that London is the centre of the Universe, and that Shoreditch/Hoxton is the crux of this city, then don't think you'll ever get a better dinner than at the Three Crowns. Too simple. The open kitchenness testifies to the fact that this place does brilliant food, not pub food, certainly not "gastro" pub food, and all at a price that doesn't invoke a double take.
Best place in this area by a mile.
Great food as always, fantastic helpful service, wide selection of beers and wine and all amazing value
We had a great meal, super food and lovely wine. Do go, you won't regret it.
Pleasant bar area, open plan kitchen (good to watch chefs and thank them afterwards) characterful dining area. Unusual as well as more usual food choices. Good choice of wines. Service attentive, but not intrusive. This time we ate on a Monday which was obviously a lot quieter than weekends.
A round table here was a really good solution for 6 people that like to eat, drink and talk. A lot.
Great example of a gastropub going the extra mile with an interrsting menu and good cooking. Service was attentive, helpful and quick. We made friends.
Not fancy. Not pretentious. Just a great place for a good meal out with your mates . Where you can hear yourself talk.
It's a pity the service was poor and the side was under cooked
I had no idea such a nice pub was tucked away behind the ghastly Old Street roundabout. Very pleasant evening, it was great fun and great food
Good food, restaurant is separated from the bar so atmosphere is quiet
quick lunch with a client, in and out very quickly - good service, good food and happy all round
I went to The 3 crowns on Friday night with my friends, after finding it through Open Table.
We all opted for starters and main courses and shared bottle of wine. Ee were all impressed with the food, I loved my courgette soup starter! My boyfriends smoked eel looked and tasted lovely too. I had a bit of a problem with a main, as I am intolerant to garlic (I know, terrible!!!) and I chose cod with lentils, naively thinking that it will be garlic-free. I was wrong and swapped my main with my sister. The waiter has noticed our little swapping situation and at the end of the meal we got complimentary desert wine on the house as a compensation. It was really nice of them as I think it was my responsibility to mention my own intolerance (I only mentioned it when booking the table online).
All in all, food was great, staff attentive and friendly and I will go back again.
Having lived in the area all my life I am familiar with the building, the guys have done a great job in renovating the place and it looks great. The food was fantastic way above what you expect for a pub, I'm not a fan on yorkshire pubs but even I ate mine and it was better than the Grill at the Dorchester!!
Friendly, attentive staff. Tasty breakfast - recommended
We had a really nice lunch there and the staff were really friendly, but we weren't even about to order food within half an hour of sitting at our table.
Having been several times in the past couple of years, I was able to use the 3 Crowns twice last week. Once for a business meal and once to meet a God-daughter travelling from the US for study. On both occasions it was a great element of the meetings. The staff still are friendly, courteous and efficient, the menu covers most tastes with reasonably priced items, the food is freshly cooked and well presented. If you are stopping by for a beer, the ones they have are good too, and their selection of wines and spirits is very fair too. - what more could you really ask?
Great food at a reasonable price! You must try this place!!
Excellent attentive service and the food excellent, although a limited menu. However, this way all dishes are fresh and carefully thought out. I had the cardo tart followed by the smoked haddock, both of which were very tasty. I don't normally have dessert but was tempted by the superb hazelnut meringue with rhubarb. Wines are reasonable in price and interesting - different from your average wine list. One thing I would say though, turn the air con down - I had a chilly smoked haddock by the time I'd finished it. Will recommend though and will be back.
Food is the main draw - the chefs are fantastic. I had smoked trout with avocado and cucumber and horseradish cream to start, followed by chicken and bacon pie with mash. All really delicious, portion sizes just right, and two mains and two starters with a bottle of wine was £70.
Restaurant area is behind a thick curtain towards the rear of the pub so you get an atmosphere from the drinkers in the front while still being able to have a conversation at normal volume. Service is swift and friendly.
Perfect place for dinner if you have reservations at the Nightjar which is 30 seconds away.
This was my second visit, would recommend for dates :)
Le restaurant est un véritable délice ! Rien à envier à la bistronomie française ;) Des saveurs subtiles et des mets originaux. Le service est également impeccable. Ne pensez pas y trouver des plats traditionnels .
The meal was good in parts.... The venue is pleasant as are the staff. Each dish we ordered tasted good but the menu seemed unbalanced. The kipper pate starter was nice but came with a boiled egg which was not mentioned on the menu and my friend was allergic to. The mains were too varied in size: the chicken pie was large and filling to say the least and came with a large bowl of mash while the smoked haddock with poached egg and spinach was delicious but very small and lacked any potato or pasta accompaniment. As a result, three of us shared the mash supplied with the pie! Service was a bit vague. But all round, our group was not in a hurry and each dish tasted good, so no real complaints but some refinement needed.
Went to the three crowns for an early lunch during a meeting. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Good atmosphere and we all loved the food. Not a place to go if you want the usual pub offering of burger and chips, it's menu is far more interesting.
Pleasant waiters but lunch was spoilt by the food We ordered Yorkshire Lamb and it was more like mutton We should have complained but didn't because we were short of time I would probably give it anothe go because some of the other food being served looked good
Didn't actually order the roast but thought what I had (terrine followed by lemon sole) was really nice and not too bad price-wise. Plus the bread was free; really hate paying for bread. Pub is one big room, with the kitchen on show. People were nice to us, pretty relaxed place with good food.
Had a good meal at a busy Three Crowns on a Friday night -definitely needed to book a table.
Nice selection of starters , mains and puddings and a good wine list too.
Our waiting staff were great -attentive and chatty
Will go again
Lively pub with good atmosphere & some a couple of real ales on. I've had the Hackney several times & it's always good & well kept. I'm fussy about ales.
The restaurant is to the back & cordoned off , so it's considerably quieter than the pub & reasonably smart, with a great buzzy atmosphere.
I had smoked eel on toast with horseradish to start & it was extremely good & tasty & a good portion. Main was fresh mackerel , which is such an underrated fish, but it must be fresh & the stuff you buy from the supermarkets rarely is ; this was really good , but my only gripe was that it was too small & I was left hungry. My friend has the same , so possible other dishes are a better size, but I don't know. Mackerel is not expensive, so I feel it should have been bigger.
Would try the restaurant again or at least try to spot dish size in advance !
Excellent food & fun atmosphere with good service.
I come here quite often, bringing friends or family, and always enjoy the wonderful food, helpful and friendly staff and lovely venue. The food is always outstanding, and the staff go above and beyond their duty to help.
Great good, good choice of food and drink, excellent service