As we stepped into the splendour of the dining room at Crown Hotel, we knew we were in for a treat of an evening. After a prompt and pleasant greeting, we took in our surroundings – from the high ceiling with its lantern roof framing the blue spring sky, to the artwork adorning the walls and shelves lined with books – all of which creates a charming atmosphere.
The menu offers a selection of delectable dishes, and our helpful and friendly waitress was on hand to offer advice and further detail. The tiger prawns served with lashings of garlic butter provided the perfect starter for me, while my companion delighted in her baked mushrooms – a delicious vegan dish. My main course of pan-fried salmon pavé was exceptional – crisp on the top, tender and juicy underneath, and served with mixed greens, and a tartare potato hash that drew all the flavours together. I’d happily return again to enjoy such perfectly cooked fish. My partner was equally impressed with her main course of succulent pan-seared duck breast with boulangère potatoes and flavoursome dark cherry sauce.
Almost replete but determined to enjoy the puddings on offer, we sampled homemade lemon tart with fresh berries, and St Clements posset, which completely satisfied my sweet-tooth and rounded off a marvellous meal.
For fabulous food in sumptuous surrounds, you won’t find better than Crown Hotel.