Sunday 8 January 2017

The Crown, Burchetts Green #MichelinStar

Some pictures from an outstanding and exceptionally good value lunch.

Although aware of them due to the Michelin Star, The Crown came to my particular attention thanks to the review by MO’L in The Guardian (here). I loved the idea that dad, Simon Bonwick, works alone in the kitchen, while a gaggle of his nine offspring work front of house. 

The Crown is one of those places that my wife and I both adored from the moment we entered and then fell completely head over heels with once we’d eaten.

Michelin say, “The Crown is very personally and passionately run by the Bonwick family and comes with a small bar and two intimate, open-fired dining rooms. The refined, deftly prepared dishes - six per course - are decided upon daily; the options are diverse and appealing, with flavours clearly defined.

Pate with Green Peppercorns

Liver on Toast

Scallop a la Nage with macadamia nuts & late season White Alba Truffle

Crediton Duck Breast with a Rather Nice Duck Sauce

Black Forest Cadeau

Pistachio Charlotte with Sauce Pistache

Cheese & Flapjacks

Petit Fours

Date of lunch: 08/01/17

Friday 6 January 2017

The Hinds Head, Bray #MichelinStar

Some pictures from an excellent, hearty lunch at Heston’s pub. 

Most impressed with the Hash of Snails, Curried Parsnips with Chestnut & Bacon and “Wassailing” Caramelised Butter Loaf with Apple. Least impressed with the colour of the yolk on their much celebrated Scotch Egg.

Devils on Horseback

Scotch Egg

Cod Brandade

Venison Carpaccio with Watercress, Turnip, Shallot & Caper Dressing

Hash of Snails

Whole Filleted Plaice with Kale, Smoked Anchovies, Salmon Roe & Cider Butter Sauce

Oxtail & Kidney Pudding

Triple Cooked Chips

Curried Parsnips with Chestnut & Bacon

Baby Spinach Salad with ‘Lord of the Hundreds’ cheese

“Wassailing” Caramelised Butter Loaf with Apple

Date of lunch: 06/01/17
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