As you enter the 16th century Inn, low beams and an earthy decorated interior greet you with style and panache...you know you have found a nice place to stay. The accommodation is a courtyard of purpose built, Eco friendly chalet style rooms. Each has a private outside sitting area to soak up the sun. Beautifully furnished inside, oozing a quality, with big showers, big fluffy towels and lots of hot water.
You return to the pub to eat....the evening menu had classic pub grub, but with a South African twist. I had Borewart sausages to start and steak/ale pie. The sausages were 100% meat, while the pie was honestly the biggest I've ever eaten...the steak chunks were huge and fell apart with tenderness. Unfortunately it lacked that really authentic pie taste. My wife ordered roasted butternut squash but it came stewed, not roasted and was rather insipid. Service was brilliant, quick, efficient and not intrusive.
Morning breakfast service didn’t work. A solitary waitress gets you a drink and takes your cereal, full-cooked or eggs breakfast order. Then you sit there for over half an hour waiting for food to arrive. No toast (that comes with the main meal) or anything to eat until your order arrives. When my eggs did arrive they were fine, but just-warm, not hot!!
This is a stylish gastro pub that offers a great evening food and accommodation package at a sensible price. You won't be disappointed (apart from the long wait at breakfast)...go visit!
- 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