Being local to the area and having heard of The Crown as being a gastro-pub, we arrived as a group of 4 adults and 6 children looking forward to eat after spending a pleasant couple of hours at nearby Basing House.
On arrival to the pub and to order drinks and food from the bar, my friend and I were ignored by the barman for several minutes as he continued his conversation with a local.
We ordered food from the children's menu, comprising of ham, egg & chips and fish and chips. We also ordered fish and chips for the adults.
The food arrived on literally 'burning hot' plates which was unsafe for the children to eat from. The adult's fish and triple-cooked chips was bland on taste and poor on portion-size being the same size as the children's meals. The batter on the fish was soft and fell apart leaving a fairly taste-less fish inside. The triple-cooked chips were undercooked and were not at all crispy on the outside. A purée of green peas put alongside it made it all unappealing both to the eyes and tastebuds!
In hindsight, we should have returned the food to the kitchen and left - but with the children hungry and thirsty we had to stay on.
We spoke and complained to the waiting staff, who apologised but did nothing to recompense our disappointment except to as whether we wanted to see the dessert menu?!!! In fairness the waiter did say he would forward on our comments to the chef.
All in all, a very disappointing meal in what is a lovely looking pub restaurant and local area. I spoke to another customer on a separate table who had also experienced the same poor standard of food as we were there and he commented that standards has slipped since the owners took on another pub restaurant and were prioritising on that now and not The Crown.
In conclusion, we would not visit again and I would advise that you save your time and money and eat at another pub restaurant, of which there are several all with a few minutes Drive of The Crown.
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