The Crown & Garter
Set in the quaint hamlet of Inkpen Common, The Crown & Garter is a wonderful slice of escapism and a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Following sympathetic refurbishment in 2014, this well-loved community focal point has kept every inch of its charm, becoming a cosy meeting point for many local residents. A popular watering hole among ramblers and cyclists, weary travellers can warm their cockles beside the roaring fire during the winter months, or enjoy the beautiful views of Berkshire countryside on a summer’s day.
From catch-ups over wholesome lunches, to scrumptious evening meals with friends and family, The Crown & Garter is an establishment for all occasions. Laden with locally sourced produce and showcasing fresh food created from scratch, visitors are sure to find something that takes their fancy on the eclectic menu. The menu changes every four to six weeks, based on the seasons and the availability of local produce and ingredients. Stand-out options include fresh mullet with minted fennel salsa, cornichons and lemon purée, fried hake enhanced by tomato relish, sautéed potatoes and crispy fennel, and pan-fried duck breast accompanied by fondant potato, kale, celeriac purée and juniper jus. Why not end your meal on a sweet note? All of The Crown & Garter’s desserts are delightfully enticing and come with expertly selected wine recommendations. The coconut, mango and lemon panna cotta pairs especially well with a glass of 2011 Monbazillac. Whatever meal you choose, the wine list is exceptional, so you’re sure to find a tipple to suit your tastes. If you can’t find space to squeeze much more in, the petits fours come with tea or coffee and are the perfect miniature end to a feast.
After your meal, retire to one of the many luxury rooms at The Crown & Garter, which are stunningly decorated and exude class. Each one is complete with a super-king-size bed, television and a spacious shower. All rooms are situated in a separate courtyard, affording them complete tranquillity. For a weekend getaway filled with fine food and much-needed respite, The Crown & Garter is well worth a visit.