Saturday, 27 October 2012

The Crown


 On a recent Sunday drive we noticed 'The Crown' in the little village of Cuddington, with a big sign out the front Fish and Chip Friday's 2 for £20. After consulting the Good Beer Guide and finding 'The Crown' listed, Friday's date lunch with the husband now sorted! The Crown is a heritage listed pub with a newly restored thatched roof and nice, cosy interior with interesting prints and ornaments. Lovely atmosphere, quite dark but not dingy, candles lighting the dining area.

Dining room

We grabbed a drink at the bar, my husband having the 'London Pride' which was declared 'well kept' and I had a cider. We headed for our table, which was next to the fireplace which was filled with candles. The menu looked interesting but we both ordered the Fish and Chip special, 2 Fish and Chips with a 1/2 pint of ale/cider/soft drink included. Two huge serves came out, delicious, sweet haddock encased in crisp and non oily batter served on a bed of crunchy chips, with a fabulous made on premises tartare sauce and mushy peas. Was very good, the best Fish and Chips we have had in England and the portions were big. Great value with the drink included and such a lovely atmosphere.

Real Ales

So much so that we broke our rule of not going to the same place twice and we went back to try out the a la carte menu. The car park was full, as was the dining room. We sat at the long oak bar, had a drink and perused the menu until a table became available. Looked great, with a nice selection of Starters or Light Bites, Mains and sides. Lots of specials and desserts on the blackboard. My husband chose a starter, Pan Seared Scallops with seafood and saffron broth and wasabi oil which they happily made into a main size for him. It arrived with six large and succulent scallops in a moreish seafood broth with lots of fresh bread to sop up the broth, yum! I ordered the pan fried Sea Bass, white wine and crab risotto with wilted rocket. Three sizeable pieces of sea bass, perfectly cooked with crispy skin and soft, tender flesh, went perfectly with the crab risotto and the wilted rocket added another dimension, a very nice meal. Was good value both visits, the £20 Fish and Chip meal for two with drinks included is a winner. Mains on the menu range from £9.95 to £14.95. Great pub, nice atmosphere and top quality food. Just need to remember my tripod so I can take decent photos of the food in these very low light pubs!

The Crown, Cuddington

The Crown
Aylesbury Road, Cuddington, Buckinghamshire HP18 0BB
Telephone: 01844 292222

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