When we arrived the pub was full and convivial. Our table wasn't ready, despite our booking-there were only two of us....Unfortunately the food is "prepared" by someone who has neither a love of or interest in food-not a chef. Ordered Thai fishcakes with wasabi dressing-what arrived were potato cakes with mayonnaise dolloped on top- whoever dished these up had never eaten Thai-these were pre-prepared potato cakes. When this was drawn to the attention of the waiting staff we were told that other customers had complained about the spice in the fish cakes, and by the way they had run out of wasabi so had just brought out an equivalent of Hellmann's as the accompaniment..... Main course sea bass with crushed potatoes and fennel and cucumber salad.....ok-ish but expected more for the price-huge bit of cold cucumber on the plate beside warm food, would have been better as a side. Guest ordered Thai curry-disaster but told that that's just the way the Crown chooses to offer their curry-huge pile of bland basmati with poppadum and mango chutney-not very Thai....opted for cheese board in place of dessert-cold bland served with old crackers and mango chutney.......won't be back
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crown is a 17th Century country inn with an excellent restaurant close to Reading and Henley on Thames. Set within the grounds of the Crown, the well appointed contemporary rooms offer a relaxing and peaceful nights sleep with the added advantage of an excellent renowned restaurant and bar just a few steps away. All rooms have full en-suite facilities and large flat screen televisions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Crown Hotel Playhatch