Award: One Michelin star and 3 AA Rosettes

Chef patron: Simon Bonwick – prior to The Crown, Simon was chef at The Three Tuns in Henley and has previously worked at the nearby Waterside Inn, the Fat Duck in the mid-90s, as well as with the late Bernard Loiseau in Burgundy.  He has been cooking for the last 30 years!

Visit: 12 May 2019, lunch for two.

Price: *

Website: http://thecrownburchettsgreen.com/

Review: Simon bought the freehold of The Crown at Burchetts Green in the Autumn of 2013. The pub is entirely family-run, Simon, his wife and their nine children all help where needed.

Simon works in the kitchen entirely on his own.  The menu changes on a daily basis and there is a chalk board with the list of courses.  Simon’s cooking is classic French.  Perfectly cooked meat and fish, accompanied by delightfully turned vegetables, and stocks and demi-glaces reduced to a perfect richness.  It is very clear that Simon cooks from the heart, producing the type of food that he loves.

The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in the 2017 guide, which it has retained.

Service is presided over by Dean Bonwick, the eldest son.  Dean has worked at the Waterside Inn for 6 years, for Tom Kerridge at the Hand and Flowers and at Les Pres de Eugenie (with Michel Guerard).  He is very welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable.

We went for a Sunday lunch.  We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed a drink at the bar.  The atmosphere is relaxed and informal.  There aren’t many restaurants that play music, but here I could hear Stan Getz playing softly in the background.  The food was outstanding.

Stuart Clarke Restaurant ReviewThis is one of the best restaurant experiences I have had this year.  The food is superb, we were made to feel very welcome and the service is excellent.  And all of this is at a very reasonable price.  I strongly recommend you go!!

The menu and food:

 

A very fine 1929 Bas Armagnac was the perfect finale:

 

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