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“Roast dinner in the best British tradition” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Crystal palace

The Crystal palace
Ranked #48 of 69 Restaurants in Berkhamsted
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Home Counties, U.K.
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Roast dinner in the best British tradition”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

Imagine going to your best friend's front room for a Sunday lunch and you'll get an idea of what the Crystal Palace is all about. Not a posh restaurant with foreign waiters and undercooked vegetables.

This is British Sunday roast at its best - served by a husband and wife team who work their socks off. It's not full of trendies clutching the Observer but mainly local people who enjoy going out for a good old Sunday lunch with friends or family. Backing on to to canal it's a lovely spot but it's best to book as it's so popular. There are always 3 choices of meat on plus a vegetarian option. Peter and Tina are very genial hosts and make you very welcome. Highly recommended.

Visited March 2014
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English first
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Reunion of the family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

We had 17 adults and 9 children down there recently and everybody was complimentary of the service, food and especially the friendliness of the staff. Thank you Tina and Pete.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ben E
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“If you want a proper Sundaydinner, with good atmosphere - this is it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

We go regularly to the Crustal Palace for Sunday lunch and a drink during the week. Tina and Pete who own the pub cannot do enough for you and there are always three roast meats on Suunday plus help yourself to vegetables etc

In the evening there is a nice Chinese, but we have often had a good Saturday lunch - sausage egg and chips - lovely! They serve English food during the week at lunchtime too.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank elsiejay1957
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Berkhamsted UK
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fantastic thai and a food and sunday carvery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

Cant beat a proper pub! Sunday roast is a massive plateful of home cooked roast - help yourself carvery style. No frills, no ponce ... Wholesome pub grub.
The chinese is fantastic ... Not greasy ... Excellent - take away or eat in the 'sun' on the tow path ... Or eat in a proper good old fashioned locals atmosphere pub

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hilary G
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Harpenden
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good food at fantastic prices”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

We hadn't been back to the Crystal Palace for a number of months, and were hoping that the Chinese menu would be available. They do a comprehensive Chinese Menu as well as British pub food such as burger and chips. We got the usual warm welcome from the landlady. Two real ales on tap - Doombar and Old Speckled Hen. We were served promptly and chose King Prawn Chow Mein and King Prawn with chilli and garlic. More than adequate portions for £4.70 each. Now, you tell me where you could get a better bargain! Unfortunately, it was too windy to sit outside by the canal. Whilst this is not the most elegant of pubs, the value for money for the food cannot be beaten, in my experience.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Snowcapped
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