Last week we decided to treat ourselves, again. This time we thought we would visit a small country pub deep in the heart of rural England. The Crown is situated in Old Basing, near Basingstoke. Okay, so it’s not exactly deep in the heart of rural England, but it was still out in the sticks when compared to the buzzing city life we are used to here in London.
It was lovely to go somewhere warm and with a hearty atmosphere. After all, to the people living in Old Basing, The Crown is, predominantly, their local. Despite posing as a local pub, The Crown has a reputation for outstanding pub grub, along with some exquisite cuisine you would expect to find in a top London restaurant.
The staff were very efficient, and upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly and attentive member of staff who showed us to our table. Again proving that this is no ordinary pub!
Upon being seated we were presented with the menu. The food all sounded fantastic and we collectively decided it was time to splash out in order to really get a taste of what The Crown had to offer. So, we ordered some marinated Greek olives for the table, whilst I ordered the hand dived Scallops as a starter, and the dry aged sirloin of English beef, which roughly translates as steak and chips, but posh steak and chips nonetheless.
Meanwhile, my colleague ordered Mussels as a starter and the fillet of Sea Bream as a main. The wine list was also exemplary, and again something you would not necessarily expect from a local pub, and so we couldn’t resist ordering a glass of wine each.
Once our order was taken, we were presented with some complimentary bread for the table, which was fittingly fantastic as it was served soft and warm so that the butter could melt over the top of it.
Our starters then arrived without much delay and we set about savouring the flavours. Might I add at this point that the Scallops were beautifully presented, and exceptionally tasty to boot, whilst the portion of Mussels was quite colossal for a starter. You really do get your money’s worth at The Crown! We were happy customers thus far.
With the starters loving devoured we moved on to our mains. The Sea Bream, I am reliably informed by my colleague, was just what she was hoping for; flavoursome and filling. In the meantime, my steak was cooked to perfection. It was just bloody enough, but not too bloody, whilst the flavours were something to relish. The chips were most certainly not your normal pub chips either. They were huge! And definitely home-made. They were slightly crispy on the outside but beautifully fluffy on the inside. The wine, also, did not disappoint!
With hard financial times still upon us it’s wonderful to visit a warm, hearty English pub that is able to cook and serve such fantastic food. Let’s hope the local community continues to support The Crown, whilst they continue to receive outside business from people such as ourselves, in order for them to maintain their overheads, and continue paying their commercial restaurant insurance.
The Crown was a true treat for the delicate palates of us here at QuoteSearcher, and we recommend that you also check it out if you are ever in the area. We personally, will not be able to keep away for too long!