Burchetts Green Road,
Berkshire, SL6 6QZ
Tel. 01628 824 079
Food type: British Gastropub
Nearest tube: N/A
Website: the Crown at Burchetts Green
Note: A few days after this blog post went live, the Crown was awarded a deserved Michelin star in the 2017 guide.
I am embarrassed. That I live fairly close to Burchetts Green (well 30 minutes drive) and yet I have never heard about the Crown or been to it. It was during a recent conversation with Andy that he mentioned this pub that I started doing a bit of research on it. Simon Bonwick cooks alone in his kitchen with front of house run by his family. His son has FoH experience at a few serious restaurants – Waterside Inn, Aubergine, Hand & Flowers and Les Pres de Eugenie (Michel Guerard). Although the setting is a local pub, the cooking here is unashamedly classical French. Do you even remember what that is these days? There was a time when meat was roasted a la minute with the skill of the chef determining the cuisson and not simply setting the timer for the water bath.
The dining room is very cosy with low ceilings and wooden tables. French music was played in the background when we visited giving it a lovely Parisian bistro vibe. The menu is written on a black board as you enter but printed menus are also brought to the table. Prices are refreshingly very fair – starters are £6 to £10, mains £19 to £26 and desserts £7. Dishes come complete so there is no need for pesky side dishes to bulk up your dish. On average, you are looking at £35 for a 3 course meal here which is absurdly good value.