Located in the hamlet of Aston End in the heart of rural Hertfordshire, The Crown offers a peaceful setting for anything from a lively family get-together to a romantic date night. The friendly staff create an inviting atmosphere and make you feel at home. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by a cosy interior complete with exposed brickwork and comfy leather armchairs. In winter you can enjoy the warmth of the log-burning fire; in summer why not relax outdoors in the huge garden and patio area? There is also a large kids area, outside fire pits and even an outdoor barbecue.
The menu is packed with enticing dishes, all freshly prepared and crafted with seasonal ingredients. The starters range from hearty salt-baked beetroot served with hazelnuts, apple, endive and truffled goat’s curd, to sumptuous smoked salmon, pickled cucumber and horseradish on toast. The mains are equally varied, with choices including steaks and British classics. Some of the most popular plates include the deliciously rich red wine-braised ox cheek, and the pork T-bone served with crackling and apple sauce. Be sure to keep an eye out for The Crown’s seasonal specials, which change weekly.
Those visiting for lunch are also treated to an offering of handmade sandwiches; choose from egg mayonnaise, honey-roast ham and mustard, smoked salmon, and roast chicken fillings. The kid’s menu is perfect for smaller appetites, offering delicious dishes as well as a fun activity sheet to keep little ones occupied.