Over the years we have used this pub/restaurant on aregular basis.The Crown was not as expensive as many of it's competitors in Poole but the quality of the food was great,especially the freah fish.
When we arrived on our last visit it became clear that things had changed in that the specials board was almost non existant and the new menu was different both in terms of variety and the small amount of fresh fish on offer.
We decided, that although the menu did little to entice us we would have something standard.I had the Lasagne and my wife had a prawn salad [there was not much of interest on the starters list].
The portion sizes here were always generous BUT when my Lasagne arrived is it was tiny and looked totally bland on investigation it was almost totally devoid of any meat !!.I complained that I could not eat just Pasta and sauce and I was offered a steak as a substitute.I took this offer as I was very hungry but in other circumstances would have left.My wife's prawn salad was just cheap frozen prawns with a bland salad dressing.It is also worth mentioning that the neighbouring table ordered the"Fresh Plaice"and that turned out to be tiny and about the size of a Dab.
It turns out that they have dispensed with the original chef and his team and just seem intent to cut costs with the obvious results.
BE VERY CAREFUL if you visit.What a real shame the demise of this place is
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