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Reviewed 7 August 2016

This old pub has a lot of character, starting at the entrance where an armed Dahlek stands guard - he's actually a rubbish bin. Inside a notice states that attempts to engage the serving girls in "slap and tickle" will not be tolerated. Also, gypsies and fakirs are not welcome.
The inn is about 400 years old but of course has modern plumbing. The serving girls were pleasant and efficient and they made good coffee at the bar.
There are lots of things to do when you stay at some of these old English pubs. Step outside at Aldbourne and you come to the village pond, which is full of water lilies, stickle-back minnows and tadpoles.
The local church proudly displays an award its yard won for preserving a habitat for local wildlife, such as birds, which probably explains its disheveled appearance.
Back at the inn, I recommend their beer battered Cornish cod, with chips and peas grown by local heroes to produce seriously good food.
The landlord himself cooked us breakfast - Wiltshire bacon and egg. It's hard not to like this old pub and it earns an A for character.

Room Tip: Take care climbing the stairs to your room and take care climbing in and out of the shower.
  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Richard H
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Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Lovely English village thatched roofs and the odd Dalek and Tardis too..Really friendly staff and owner, made a welsh man really welcome as did the locals. So much so I instantly booked to stay again next week again and cannot wait to return on Sunday for a bit of lunch.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled on business
Thank Kevin K
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

After lots of research it looked like this was the perfect country pub to enjoy meeting up with friends. We booked two rooms and said to the Landlord 3 times the date of stay, finishing off the conversation with the date again. When we got there it did look fantastic and I was really thinking it was perfect - not so, the Landlord claimed to know nothing about the booking, even though I had spoken to him on the phone at great length and stated how important it was to make it special as we were meeting up with friends who we only get to see once a year if that. We were sent to his other pub which was awful and as it was a bank holiday night we had no choice. Amazingly it had two rooms available. Bit of a coincidence as he knew we could not get there until early evening. A bitterly disappointing experience. The Landlord did give us our money back and offer a free meal, but it will never get the evening back with our friends over from Canada. We have no reason to go there ever again.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
2  Thank Martin R
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

Situated in a lovely unspoiled English village, The Crown has is a delightful pub with real ales and a surprisingly good selection of food, including home made pizzas. If you appreciate what others did for us in WW2, it is also of historic significance. Our room was clean and comfortable. Starters were lovely but if I'd known the size of the pizza I would have given a starter a miss! Staff and locals were friendly, and will definitely stay there again if we're working in the area again.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled on business
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Thank Rob C
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

I always stay at The Crown when in the area, perhaps not the most modern of places but it is an old building with individual rooms and decorated in a "Cottage style". A bit quirky, and the Landlord is the same - with a dry sense of humour he is obviously well liked by the locals that use the pub. If you like your hotel modern with all the facilities of a Hilton (others are available!) then stay elsewhere. If you like a village pub with atmosphere then stay here. Easy to reach just 15 minutes down some back-roads off of the M4 at Junction 15, I like the place and will continue to stay even though there have been a few poor reviews on Trip Advisor of late.

Room Tip: Room 4 a twin, is above the kitchen - noisy at times. Room 6 is ok, facing the courtyard but tends to have smokers congregating out there
  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled on business
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Thank Michael T
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crown2011, Owner at The Crown Aldbourne, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2016

Thanks for telling the truth that all we ask not any fake reviews as what you see is what you get and that may be a littler better than you think

Alan

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