The Crown Hotel
With views overlooking the River Stour and the picturesque Georgian town of Blandford Forum, it’s easy to see why Dorset’s oldest inn is such a popular destination. As we stepped into the splendour of the dining room at The Crown, we knew we were in for a treat of an evening. From the high ceiling with its lantern roof framing the blue spring sky, to the artwork adorning the walls and shelves lined with books, every element has been carefully considered. The result is a wonderful setting in which to dine.
The menu offers a selection of delectable dishes, and our helpful and friendly waitress was on-hand to offer advice and recommendations. The chicken, duck and red onion terrine provided the perfect starter for me, while my companion delighted in her crab mayonnaise with sourdough. My main course of roasted chicken leg in preserved lemons and garlic was exceptional, and came with Dauphinoise potatoes, charred tenderstem broccoli and a delicious lemon dressing that drew all the flavours together. My partner was equally impressed with her main course of crayfish linguine in lobster bisque and white wine sauce, topped with chives, shaved Parmesan and pangritata.
For fabulous food in sumptuous surrounds, you won’t fi nd better than The Crown Hotel. Why not make a weekend of it and book into one of the 27 Georgian or modern-styled guest rooms? There are even dog-friendly options, so there’s no need to leave your canine companion at home.