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The Crown Inn

Coaching inn with thatched barn

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Garden
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

A pretty 15th-century brick and flint former coaching inn, The Crown began life in medieval times, serving ale to the thriving monastic community, then providing refuge to Catholic priests escaping Henry VIII’s tyrannical rule. Fast-forward to the Swinging 60s, and the neighbouring thatched barn housed a nightclub hosting George Harrison, Dusty Springfield and other big names from the world of pop. In the pub itself, the bar is supplied by mostly local breweries, typically Brakspear. Lunch and dinner are served from Wednesdays through to Sunday lunchtime and may be enjoyed inside, where there are three log fires, or in the picturesque garden overlooking the valley. Depending on the season, you might find pan-roasted lamb rump, wild garlic purée, potato and heritage carrot dauphinoise, sautéed samphire and lamb jus; or pan-fried chicken supreme wrapped in Parma ham. In late September, there’s a beer festival.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December
  • Days closed: Sunday evening
  • Opening times: 12-3 6-11 (Sunday 12-3.30)
  • Lunch: Wednesday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-3
  • Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Brakspear, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Events

  • Beer festival, Late September

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A4130 from Henley-on-Thames, right onto B480 to Pishill

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