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Review: Crown Inn


Boroughbridge, United Kingdom


  • By SilverTraveller pb52

    208 reviews

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  • Dec 2012
  • Roecliffe, North Yorkshire
  • Casual
  • British

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It is claimed that this Inn has been serving patrons from this site since the 14th century.

It is a known fact that it is at the very least, a 16th century coaching Inn serving travellers from the nearby Great North Road (A.1) which stretches from London to Edinburgh.

A family owned restaurant with rooms (and what rooms!) many of the original features like low ceilings, oak beams, open fires and stone flagged floors have been retained and restored.

The central bar has a range of locally produced draught beers maintained to the standard that their cask marque designation demands.

The two seperate dining areas are cosy, with warm colours and mismatched wooden furniture. The ambience was akin to a dinner at an old friends house.

The family have cut their teeth on a number of pub/restaurant ventures, all of which have been very highly regarded and they have now turned their attention to the Crown, which, over the last three years has received many accolades and awards.

The latest of these are Yorkshire's best dining pub 2012 in the Good Food Guide, and the Pub of the Year for Yorkshire and the North East of England 2012.

The food has also been awarded an AA rosette and is in the top 50 Gastro-pubs in the U.K. as listed by the Guardian newspaper.

A huge reputation to live up to then, and on my recent visit, all the praise if fully deserved.

My party sampled the Christmas menu, a fabulous deal at £25 for three courses with complimentary warm home-made bread, coffee and home-made mince pies.

The local suppliers of meat, game, fish, cheese and even vegetables were all listed on place mats.

The starters were tasty and fresh, and easy on the eye.

The mains were a delight, tender meats and fish, lovingly prepared and presented. My daube of beef was in fact a slow cooked inch thick, substantial round of beef, so tender that it fell apart at the mere mention of a fork. So beautifully cooked and a treat for the taste buds.

Excellent quality vegetables were included. It seems to be an unwelcome trend for many restaurants to charge extra for these 'side' dishes, a trend which is bucked here.

The desserts were of an equally high standard and were polished off with a fair bit of sharing going on.

The staff were as friendly and helpful a bunch as I have encountered anywhere and were a credit to the business. It is no wonder that the place was packed.

Everyone agreed that this was one of the best meals to be had for miles around, and we had travelled forty minutes at motorway speed to get here!

There are other delights here with four bedrooms, five AA star rated, which have oak floors, Farrow & Ball colours and fabrics, mahogony sleigh beds, and roll top baths, all in a country inn style. I did not stay on this occasion, but can only go by their excellent reputation at very affordable prices.

There is also a coverted Coach House to the rear which is a former cow barn, having a truss beamed construction, now catering for up to 80 guests at functions.

Quite a list of list of features for Silver Travellers to get our heads around, but a venue which I can heartily recommend.

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  • pb52
    almost 8 years ago
    Just an up-date really.

    We visited again in December 2013 as we had been so impressed with the Christmas meal in 2012.

    Fear nor, standards are just as high as they ever were and the fabulous deal at £25 for three courses with complimentary warm home-made bread, coffee and home-made mince pies is still on the table.

    Unbeatable value.