The Crown at Burchetts Green

British, French·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Crown at Burchetts Green

Silver Award

There’s plenty of competition hereabouts, but readers rate this highly idiosyncratic pub as one of the best gastronomic destinations in the area. The Crown is a quirky little place, with an infectious atmosphere in the tiny bar, a pleasing conservatory and a plainly decorated, cream-walled dining room.

As one of the restaurant scene’s more eccentric characters, chef/proprietor Simon Bonwick runs the kitchen single-handedly and leaves front-of-house to members of his (very large) family – especially his eldest son.

That said, the results on the plate are hugely impressive, marrying British seasonal ingredients to the big-boned richness of French provincial cuisine: rillettes of wild boar with beer pickles; croustade of sorrel and spinach; slow-cooked veal cheek with ‘rather nice veal sauce’; roast cod with watercress and horseradish. To conclude, expect French-inspired ideas such as tarte Tatin, pistachio charlotte and Black Forest ‘cadeau’ as well as hot treacle sponge (‘like when you were little’).

The drink offering is honed and well-researched with a small but fantastic wine list on offer, alongside a few different beers that you might not have tried before.

Expect a convivial and curious atmosphere created by the team, who help to make you feel like you’re in someone’s home, rather than one of the UK’s top restaurants. The space itself is tiny, with room for only 20 guests, so you’ll have to book well ahead if you want to nab a table.  And it’s worth noting that there is no children’s menu, so more of a spot for a grown up get-together. They do allow children over 12, if they’re happy to eat from the main menu, but there are no high chairs and no space for prams, so tiddlers will have to be left at home.

Unbeatable prices and a passionate, personable approach to hospitality also do much to enhance the persona of this Michelin-starred rural rendezvous.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, French

Location for The Crown at Burchetts Green

Burchetts Green Road, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 6QZ

01628 824079


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:30-14:00
Fri 12:30-14:00
Sat 12:30-14:00
Sun 12:30-14:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:30-21:00
Thu 18:30-21:00
Fri 18:30-21:00
Sat 18:30-21:00
Sun Closed

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20 February 2014  
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
A new echo on the semi rural pub firmament in Berkshire!!
We heard that the Michelin Award winning Chef – Landlord Simon Bonwick was back cooking in Berkshire after an eighteen month spell away cooking for a High Net Worth family around the Globe? The gossip is all true folks and the mad- bad Bonwick bench marks of first class cooking are even more simplified than that of his former tenuers in The Three Tuns, Henley and before that at the Black Boys Inn, Hurley. Having quietly taken over the Crown four months ago we found him working completely alone like some kind of despotic crazy. Bonwick looks like he starts at four to bake the bread, clean the loo's, clean his Beer lines and order his Ales, washes up, waxes the floor and lights the candles before cooking dinner Wednesday to Monday inclusive of Sunday lunch. Five miles from Marlow and Henley and 35 minutes from London we arrived just after eight thirty on a bleak, blustery and sodden evening, absolutely starving. We supped and quaffed Pints of Fine Abbott Ale and superb Rebellion Roasted Nuts in the candle lit bar as the weather did its worst outside. Ushered to our chunky bleached washed pine table with its simple setting, perfect bread rolls are thrust at us with large domes of Charantais Butter. Warm, crunchy and a fine start as we become the only table left in this eccentric & quirky Restaurant (covered in Bonwicks Art). Smoked Eel with Jellied Leeks for me and Mr Farleys Beetroot salad for him in doors. Both dishes are fresh, exciting and have jolly fine seasoning!!! Next lip smacking Steak and Kidney Pudding “feather light pastry” and plenty of melting meat. The portion is not too small or too big. Him in doors tucks in to Berkshire Pig Fillet with Some Roasting Juices, this has Artery sticking qualities. This again is a fine portion, generous to a tee. It has a crispy stuffing ball and warm Apple to die for, along with a perfectly juicey Chipolata from the same Pig. Heaven and justice done to the memory of the Pig, Bonwick later told us “he hoped anyway?” He needn't this is choice cooking at choice prices £24 per head so far. Add the bottle of Sams Island Shiraz at £22 and we are now at £68. Well then, £6 for dessert. Treacle Sponge “hot” for him in doors and Roqufort and Eccles for me. The Eccles came fluffy, flaky and warm a perfect foil for the Cheese and the Treacle Sponge came with Vanilla Ice Cream, sensual and dreamy. Armanagac £12 and Coffee with superb Caramel truffles £3.50. Despite the Novice service, lack of bottled water and paper napkin this is fantastic cooking by Bonwick, making it an excellent offer all round there at The Crown. The Ladies Loo's are a tad cold too! Funny that Bonwick's Loo's are always cold, I asked him why and he said “best time is spent at the table!” We wish him well and bloody good luck, he's going to need it in this location we think?
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