The Crown Inn at Elton
Owner Marcus Lamb and head chef Gavyn Willimer bring bags of cooking experience and passion to The Crown Inn. This results in a varied, seasonal menu that offers diners that added ‘extra’. There’s an interesting wine list, too, and a nice range of beers – including their own house ale brewed locally by Kings Cliffe Brewery.
The emphasis is on local and seasonal ingredients, with fish playing a big role. We were spoilt for choice and chose a crisp, fresh starter of panko-coated squid with lobster bisque, a main course of plaice and Cromer crab mornay, and a generous chargrilled halloumi burger in brioche. The latter was served with grilled courgette and roast peppers and a homemade tomato relish.
The menu always includes pub classics such as steak, ale & mushroom pie, or beer-battered cod and minted mushy peas, as well as more unusual dishes such as fois gras paté with red onion marmalade, and mushroom, brie, cranberry and hazelnut wellington with herb mash. The menu changes frequently and always includes gluten-free options. There is a separate vegan and vegetarian menu, plus lots of desserts, including a varied and original cheeseboard.
There is a traditional bar with a log fire, a separate restaurant area in the large circular conservatory, a decked terrace area at the rear and tables at the front under the horse chestnut tree. Everyone is welcome and provided for – dogs, children, walkers, diners, drinkers, locals and visitors alike.
Guest can also stay in one of the eight rooms. Some are in the main building, some are in the converted property at the rear, but all are rated five star and furnished with flat-screen TVs, espresso machines and Bluetooth speakers.
Whether you live locally, or are travelling through this part of the country and want somewhere to stop (it’s just three miles from the A1), The Crown is a great choice.
By Anna Forgaard, regional editor
Photos: The Crown