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Hawkyns Restaurant at the Crown

16 High Street, Amersham, HP7 0DH +44 1494958596

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Lovely setting and great menu. Very impressed with the bread, gammon, triple cooked chips and Yorkshire pudding, everything else was just very good! The Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is a really good one too.

John 15 November 2016

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A transformed coaching inn in the Buckinghamshire town of Amersham, Hawkyns Restaurant at The Crown Inn offers trusty gastro pub fare and a cherry-picked bar stock. Filled with weathered floors and statuesque inglenook fireplaces, the charming dining room leads out onto a quaint cobbled courtyard. A cornerstone of the community, The Crown Inn bakes its own bread, pulls local ales and fires up the Summer Kitchen's coal-fired barbecue when the sun shines.

Hawkyns Restaurant at the Crown

16 High Street, Amersham, HP7 0DH

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Customer reviews for Hawkyns Restaurant at the Crown

3.9 ((((* (based on 18 reviews)
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  • lunch (7)
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  • (((** 23 January 2017 by Philip Ketteringham from Amersham

    For the price, I would have expected a far more substantial amount of food, Whilst the food was well cooked and well presented, there just wasn't enough of it. The restaurant was also cold - either curtains or carpet or both would improve the atmosphere.

  • ((*** 23 January 2017 by D Aylmer from Aylesbury

    Really looking forward to eating here after seeing Atul talk about this restaurant recently on Saturday Kitchen. We found the restaurant although the lack of signage was surprising. The MD was very chatty and helpful. The bread was served warm and was really good. A comprehensive wine list was very good, plenty of choice of wine by the glass [I was driving]. We ordered from the set lunch menu, my wife's starter was very disappointing, Goats cheese with beetroot, the cheese must have come straight out the fridge, not what we were expecting. I had pigeon breast with puy lentils which was nice. We both had the chicken breast with cabbage, the chicken was very succulent and the cabbage was good. Overall it was quite underwhelming, I think a bit expensive for what was on offer and an empty restaurant and no atmosphere did not help. I really hope that this restaurant is successful it would be good for the town. We shall go back as the menu deserves another try.

  • ((*** 23 January 2017 by Jane from Gerrards Cross

    First the heating was inadequate for a very cold January day. Starters - scallops were barely warm and not value for money. Main courses - although we were told to expect fish not to be piping hot due to it being cooked in a 65degree water bath!? It was just about ok. The vegetables were not adequate for 5 people to share although this was billed as part of each dish. We declined pudding. Coffee was a very welcome pleasant experience! Interior decor more suited to a casual lunch than 5 star dining which I presume is what Hawkyns is trying to achieve. Will not be rushing back.

  • ((((( 23 January 2017 by David Thompson from Gerrards Cross

    Very good food. Nice restaurant highly recommended

  • ((((( 22 January 2017 by Robert Tasker from Amersham

    Warm welcome by friendly and attentive staff. Surprisingly there was no Hawkyns branding anywhere , except on the actual menu. Menu choice is excellent, we found it really difficult to make a decision! The food could not be faulted, we particularly loved the wood pigeon starter, guinea foul main and marshmallow and rhubarb dessert - it really is that difficult to choose a favourite! The only criticism of Hawkyns on the night we went would be the temperature of the restaurant which was a couple of degrees too low. We were OK being seated right next to a radiator but the party next to us asked to be moved to somewhere less draughty. One of the hazards of a very old and therefore not double glazed building on a below zero night outside. We would however thoroughly recommend it and will definitely return. Definite plus points are that the tables in the restaurant are well spaced and the wine is not over priced!

  • (((** 22 January 2017 by Local diner from Amersham

    I leave this review as feedback based on the fact that I realise this restaurant has only been opened two weeks and will clearly still have some teething problems. This review is meant to provide constructive feedback in every way and most definitely not negative. Locals are always excited for a new restaurant to open so we wish the owners and staff every success in building a popular and successful dining venue.

    Firstly, the room was very cold. There is a definite need for curtains over the large windows and more heating. There is also is a need for a hot air curtain or similar to stop the cold draft blowing into the restaurant when a customer walks in the door of the hotel. The wooden chairs are a very odd design, if you attempt to lean against the back rest your butt slides off the seat! They are quite uncomfortable for relaxed dining as you must lean forward. First thing we both commented on to each other when we sat down.

    Both the two entrees and the two main meals were served lukewarm at best on the plate....either there were no heat lamps over the pass in the kitchen yet, or the food was plated too long before serving, or perhaps the kitchen door was open cooling the food down. The time between ordering and receiving entree was far too quick and, although given teaspoons, the staff forgot to serve the amuse bouche and bread that was given to the other tables. The waiting time between entree and main was also far too quick as well, less than 5 minutes after we finished entree.

    The food itself was presented well and cooked well. The menu was interesting and varied, British cuisine with a slight modern element. Produce was clearly of excellent quality with the beef and the duck both melting in the mouth (although the tamarind duck was missing the tamarind element which left it quite bland).

    This restaurant has great potential and we look forward to trying again in a few months once some of the setup issues are sorted out.

  • ((((( 17 January 2017 by Elizabeth Gibson from Penn

    We had a wonderful meal on opening night - we had the tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed everything that was presented to us! We were presented with a glass of champagne upon arrival which was a lovely touch too. The service was good and the staff were really knowledgeable about the menu and the ingredients etc.
    Both Atul Kochhur and Ross Butt came out to the dining room to chat to their customers which was fantastic - both were so down-to-earth and clearly passionate about their new restaurant and the menu: inspirational men and a delight to talk to.

    The only thing that I didn't like was the plates and dishes - they made that 'nails down a blackboard' noise/feeling if you caught the cutlery on them! But that is clearly just a personal preference - my husband still scraped every last morsel/drop of sauce/puree/jus from his!

  • ((((* 28 November 2016 by Carole B from Amersham

    We had the Ham Hock for a starter and Moules for main. Both dishes were very tasty and well presented. The sauce on the Moule was excellent. Service good and staff friendly and efficient. The ambience of the hotel is good, a very old building which has been adapted well with a mix of old & new furniture. Only downside is that tables for two are a little too close together so you are able to hear others conversations - taking at least two of the smaller tables out of the row would make the overall dining experience excellent!

  • ((((( 15 November 2016 by John from LONDON

    Lovely setting and great menu. Very impressed with the bread, gammon, triple cooked chips and Yorkshire pudding, everything else was just very good! The Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is a really good one too.

  • ((((( 27 October 2016 by Sophie Lester from Pyrford

    The starter of mussels with Chorizo was the best thing I've eaten in ages.

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