The last time I went to the Crow and Gate Pub was in 1984, and it was a charming location and very popular restaurant even back then. And, from what I could tell from my September 1, 2012 lunch visit, it has done nothing but improve over the last 28 years. The bucolic setting is gorgeous, with the grounds and buildings perfectly tended, inside and out.
The day of our visit was sunny and hot so we sat outside in the garden, although I could have been tempted to take an inside table as the interior of the restaurant is so English-cozy and Tudor-attractive.
Our lovely server, Brett, was super friendly, very knowledgable, and incredibly efficient delivering our drinks and food. We were a foursome and had some special requests (for example, I needed a gluten-free meal, and she was very helpful making suggestions) and she made sure we all got our orders exactly as requested.
I saw a piece of their amazing blueberry-blackberry pie being delivered to another table and pointed it out to my companions. Brett noticed our interest, came right over, and offered to put a piece on hold for us, as the pie was a special item-of-the-day and going fast. We jumped at that offer (and the fresh filling was delicious, although I cannot personally report on what looked like very light and flaky pastry).
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals including a Farmer Pub Plate (generous variety of cheese, meats, chutney, potato salad and green salad), steak & kidney pie, scotch egg plate, and a beef dip. They somehow manage to make their pub-fare fresher, lighter and tastier than any other pub menu I've sampled.
I won't let another 28 years pass before I go back again!
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