Three Crowns Inn
39 High Street
Mon-Sat 12-2.30; 6.30(5.30 Fri)-11; Sun 12-10.30
Three Crowns Inn
This is still the brewery tap for Parish Brewery, despite the brewery moving back to Borough on the Hill, home of the strongest ale in the world (23%).
There's much character to the pub situated on a corner of the high street. The car park round the back is next to the beer garden which is full of trees and picnic tables. Inside there are two bars but with a single look through bar which serves both.
Entering from the front (where there is easier access for the disabled) the 'lounge' and eating area is on the left. Here you can choose from the substantial menu which has won it entries in the Egon Ronay guides between 1994-97.
Food varies from jacket potatoes to steaks and there are always daily specials on including a good vegetarian selection. Food is served 12-2pm and 7-9.30pm, Sundays 12-2pm and 7-9.30pm. Menu is very limited on Sundays.
The décor was olde village worlde, low ceilings, plenty of wooden beams and old village heritage photos on the walls. Seating was larger dark wood tables and chairs with some stools plus velvet padded benches. Carpet was dark red which is good as dogs are allowed inside - if they are good. Both bars are similarly furnished and there is no distinction between them. The bar itself is quite long (U-shaped) for a small pub providing plenty of leaning space. It can get smoky at night, plus a pool table in a separate room.
The Three Crowns serves up to four ales two from Parish and one other plus Bass. The guest on at the time were Chainmaker St George's Bitter. Parish beers were Special Bitter and Baz's Bonce Blower. All were well kept and full of flavour, though ask for the sparkler to be removed as their flavour can be squashed otherwise.
There is no longer accommodation here.
Access for the disabled is possible.
For conferences they have transformed one of the outbuildings in to a function room with self-contained bar and toilets.
The food remains very good, and the prices don't appear to have risen in the 3 years that I have known the pub. (S. Banfield)
John O Gaunt now own the Fox in Thorpe Satchville and that is where you can get their beers easily now.
Also try: The Stilton Cheese, freehouse 50 yards up the road
Parish Baz's Bonce Blower
The Stilton Cheese, Somerby.