Head into the beautiful rolling scenery of the Buckinghamshire countryside and you’ll soon be on the lookout for an historic inn at which to stop and wet your whistle, or sate an appetite worked up from a long, rambling country walk. The Three Crowns is just such a place. Surrounded by the Chiltern Hills and located in a sleepy hamlet, the pub is a picture-perfect getaway, yet conveniently close to nearby hotspots such as Great Missenden, Aylesbury and Amersham. The Grade II listed building has been carefully renovated to retain its authentic charm, and the recent addition of the stable bar and gallery only adds to its appeal.
The Three Crowns has a team of chefs that is passionate about seasonal food and dedicated to designing dishes that will delight guests. The menus change with the seasons, with opulent options like pan-roasted venison haunch with mashed squash, potted cabbage and red wine jus. Other favourites are baked halibut with home-smoked meat cassoulet, and king prawn linguine with sweet pepper cream. In addition to this, succulent steaks are always available. Fridays and Saturdays entice many a guest through the door with the promise of fresh seafood specials. Razor clams steamed in cider and garlic cream or grilled red snapper with Spanish rice and chargrilled vegetables are fresh and flavoursome, and make for a great excuse to head out of a night. For those with a sweet-tooth, indulge in homemade Black Forest brownie or Belgian waffle with salted caramel ice cream and butterscotch sauce. In the sunnier months, al fresco dining is available. The two- or three-course set menu is perfect for those on a budget.
Askett is home to a plethora of talented artists who now exhibit a small range of their wares in the Stable bar gallery. Why not sample a tasty treat from the bar or enjoy a pint of locally brewed real ale while you browse the artwork? The Three Crowns is a bright and friendly blend of past and present with many strings to its bow.