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The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle restaurant

The Crown and Castle is a restaurant with rooms and good quality, unpretentious food is at the heart of what we offer. With 2 AA rosettes, the 2018 Good Hotel Guide’s Editor’s Choice for Restaurant with Rooms and a Sawday’s award for Fabulou food, guests often cite the restaurant as a major reason for staying with us. Our wine list also wins many plaudits in the guides, not least for the reasonable prices.

If advised at the time of booking we honour birthdays and anniversaries with a complimentary cupcake and lighted candle, as well as a few nice chocolates.

Please be aware that for parties of 5 or more we require a £20 per head deposit which is non-refundable unless we received 48 hours notice of cancellation or a reduction in numbers. Otherwise it is credited against the final account. The largest party we can take either for lunch or dinner is ten, which will be accommodated in our pretty Parlour.

 

Technology

We ask that mobile telephones or tablets are not used in the restaurant during service. An exception is made for solo diners using an e-reader.

Special diets and allergies

Please see under MENUS for advice

Children

We welcome children of any age in the restaurant at lunchtime and those over 8 years old in the hotel and at dinner time so please be aware of this should you not like them.

Dogs

We welcome a limited number of well-behaved dogs in five designated Best Garden rooms, a few dogs in the bar, and we have one (bookable) doggie table in the restaurant area. So please be aware of this should you not like them.

Guests' own food and drink

Alcohol
We prefer that guests do not bring in their own liquor as selling drinks and wine – and food and accommodation – is our core business. We make a room service charge of £10 for guests asking us to supply ice, ice buckets, glasses, etc. For occasions when a guest wants us to serve a special bottle in the restaurant, the corkage for still wines is £25 and £35 for sparkling wines.

Birthday cakes, etc
Because of the legal strictures on traceability and correct storage, we regret we cannot serve produce other than that made in our own kitchens.

Produce and its provenance

Here are some of the excellent producers we use:

www.suttonhoochicken.co.uk    for the best free-range chicken
www.butleyorfordoysterage.co.uk   for fantastic smoked salmon and smoked fish in general
www.pumpstreetbakery.com   for brilliant artisan bread, especially sourdough
www.stokessauces.co.uk   locally made tomato ketchup and other bottled sauces that we use to accompany lunchtime fish and chips, etc.
www.high-house.co.uk   for the best apple juice and seasonal fruits
www.petersyard.com  the most enticing of artisan crisp breads, quite unlike the norm
nikobchocolates.co.uk   fantastic hand-made chocolates, including very special nougat and original 2-bite (or 3) confections
nealsyarddairy.co.uk  simply the best for British and Irish cheeses
www.wildmeat.co.uk  for game and venison
www.cobblelanecured.com for London-cured salumi
www.kwclarke.co.uk for local meat

The bar

Our bar is small and it is because the space is very limited that we stagger meal times to make sure there is enough seating for everyone to enjoy a pre-prandial drink. The bar is open to everyone for drinks at lunchtime, but not until 8.30pm or afterwards for casual drinkers.

(The collection of embroidered pictures were made around the 1900s by soldiers engaged in campaigns abroad. With time on their hands, sometimes because of hospitalisation, they would embroider these commemorative pictures to send home to their families.)

The Parlour – private dining room

The Parlour is our delightful private dining room which sits a maximum of 10 people, no more. With a 3-bay window, it is light-filled during the day but  wonderfully cosy at night. The large, round table was especially made for us by Benchmark and has no legs to combat! Menus and service are exactly the same as in the main restaurant, although we are more than happy to construct a special party menu, if desired.