Good food and great staff. Very well managed operation. Drinks order taken as we sat down. Food order 5 mins later.
Confit of Duck and Fish & Chips excellent.
Wine list far far too expensive. House wine at £19 just tasteless. So wine lets them down.....or it would have been 5 stars.
Lovely lively cosy pub. Good very good but higher than normal pub prices but worth it. Staff were very friendly.
Great food and Sunday roast as always but service for drinks and acknowledgement was very slow on this occasion . When I asked why service was so slow after asking twice to order drinks I received a rude reply from the waitress that we are busy and there isn't a lot I can do about it . Which I found quite insulting.
Excellent food and cozy atmosphere
We are quite loyal customers for the Crown at Bray for quite some years now. The food quality hasn't really changed that much, and when I say changed, its still pretty good. Sometimes you take a risk and try something new. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't. I understand that the Chefs there want to excel themselves and be very creative and most of the time they succeed.
The not so positives:
But sometimes a burger needs to be kept in its classic form. This time my wife and I tried the pastrami burger and although it sounded like a very innovative idea and concept, it turned out to be a New York style pastrami sandwich and the flavours lost by the amount of mustard.
My dessert was the apple crumble and again this is such a classic that attempting to changing it its very risky. Unfortunately for me it didn't have the texture a crumble should have, it became very quickly a liquid custard soup with baked apple pieces and some crunchy bits. The flavours were there but the composition of the dish was not to my taste.
Great starters. My wife loves the mushroom parfait (she keeps ordering it). I went for something new this time and ordered the Crispy Cauliflower which was delicious.
We already shared this review with the staff at the Crown verbally so they know this already. They are really hospitable, its a great place, highly recommended but be prepared to take some risks which may not pay off.
Great food and venue, staff really helpful and pleasant.
We found the staff to be very efficient and friendly.
Food was fantastic, and the Fleurie we chose to go with our meal was excellent.
We had to leave promptly to get to Twickenham, and the team helped in this regard.
All in all - would highly recommend.
the food was excellent - we had the duck and the hereford burger - both beautifully cooked and the accompanying vegetables had a nice twist in the way they were cooked. We had the mushroom pate starter on sourdough which melted on the tongue although the bread was a bit sparse and need to order some more.
We had a 45 minute wait for the main course which when you are popping into your local pub for pub lunch is too long. The Crown was busy but not overly crowded.
Great Food as expected. Staff lovely. Nice cosy atmosphere. Definitely recommend and will be back soon.
Sunday lunch on this visit, its difficult to beat the food here. Wonderful. The icecream and caramel sauce is a gem as well.
Delicious and interesting food, prompt service on a Saturday evening
Had a lovely Birthday dinner at The Crown. The service was good and the food was top notch. My only niggle was that we had been asked on booking and on confirmation of booking if it was for a special occasion (it was) and then they confirmed as we arrived. I guess that this raises expectations that something celebratory is going to happen. While other customers who were also celebrating birthdays did receive dessert with candles, we didn't. It feels petty, as otherwise it was a lovely evening, but I would say they should be a bit more organised on this front. Or just don't ask.
Food great, but service disappointing. Took a while to get one of our drinks and then no attention until we needed to ask for the bill. One toilet out of order... Enough said...
Awesome fish and chips.
A lovely relaxing evening in a cozy atmosphere, full of old world charm.
Friendly, helpful staff: Delicious food, especially the bread and butter pudding!
Will look forward to my next visit.
Absolutely loved our meal here on Sunday. The roast dinner was amazing and learnt about Supper Club! We will be back very soon!
Took friends for Sunday lunch. Great atmosphere, restaurant packed but food and service still up to normal standard. One minor disappointment was the custard served with apple crumble was very runny! Certainly not a reason to not return though! Took advantage of our Xmas promo...free round of drinks...real treat thank you!
Dinner with friends. We had been several times before and suggested to go there with them
Disappointing versus past experiences
1. Terrible seating where our table was back to back with another which was main walkway for people so constant brushing against my back and chair. I know is an old building but not really acceptable
2. Food v disappointing. We’d been longing for steak with marrowbone but this time was tiny portion and a bit tough meat. My wife’s was a quarter fat
Service was helpful.
Unlikely to come back
A very disappointing experience. The food was excellent, but the service was crappy.
I booked the table online, to celebrate both mine and my wife's birthdays. The email confirmation confirmed the booking for two. However, a few days before the date, I was called by The Crown, to confirm a booking for three. On correcting the person I spoke to, I got a loud sigh and what seemed like a reluctance to correct the error.
The booking website also gave me an option to select if the meal was for a special occasion, with birthdays a selectable option. I'm not sure what this feature is for, as it didn't translate to anything at the meal.
Given the relatively high cost and reputation of The Crown, I was quite surprised by how bad the service was. It took close to 1 hr 45 mins to be served and eat 1 course, by which time we were too tired to bother with dessert. Other than an initial drinks order, service was only given after flagging down a waiter. At the bar, one staff member spent over 20 minutes removing the seeds from a pomegranate, ignoring various customers who had to wait for the other staff members for service. Fortunately, the three other staff members seemed to spend most of thier time behind the bar, which was probably why we spent so long waiting for table service.
In part, my frustration with the experience was borne from date nights being relatively rare (1 year old child, expensive to hire a nanny etc.), so there had been some anticipation for a lovely birthday night out. As mentioned at the start, the food was lovely (the fish n' chips in particular), but this was massively let down by very poor service.
Had the sirloin steak and for £30 was disappointed. A piece of steak (which was ok) and some oven chips (which feels lazy) was all I got, any veg etc are extra.