Most of the previous reviews for this restaurant are quite good but for my family we experienced something very different. We chose the restaurant as a middle location and had also had a recommendation too.
The restaurant itself is set in the village location of Linton which is very beautiful and the exterior/interior of The Crown is also dry pleasing to the eye - a rustic contemporary look which seems to be very in vogue at the moment. Unfortunately everything else did not seem to meet up with the same expectation related to the location and decor.
The restaurant was very cold and drafty which left us sitting in our coats for most of the meal, I did try to see where the draft was coming from but other than the door being left open once I couldn't really work it out. My advice would be to wrap up warm if you visit in colder months.
Their was one waitress throughout the whole of our sitting, whilst the restaurant wasn't really busy we did notice long periods without drink refills and plates left. Even when Teresa was with us she didn't know answers to key questions and did misinform us a couple of times. Admittedly she was very kind and sweet but I believe the restaurant is at fault for having only one waitress and an inexperienced one at that.
We had a really wobbly table which my mum questioned when they arrived and we were told it was the floor! It was not the floor, the table was shabby chic but unfortunately the shabbiness was going against it - but again Teresa did not seem at all concerned about or discomfort. The wobbly table is the 6 seater table on the top left of the restaurant as you walk in so avoid this one if you can.
All the above is bearable and forgiveable but what isn't is the tasteless warmed up food that was served to us. We go to restaurants to enjoy food that is cooked up for us otherwise we would all just cook for ourselves. Unfortunately I would have rather cooked myself for my family as my food is ten times better than what was served up.
I had the chicken, leek and mushroom pie which had no season and tasted of nothing - I believe any food probably tastes better then the and I only had about four pieces of chicken in the whole thing.
The other meals purchased were the beef roast dinner apparently cooked as you like it. There were no differences between the meat, all well done and dry. The Yorkshire puddings were hard and dry and I actually believe that all the food was pre-cooked and warmed up pre service. The roast dinners really weren't very good, the Toby carvery our have been a much better choice.
If you want tasteless food and a slow unhelpful service then this is the place to go. We would not go back to this restaurant -ever!
- Also Known As:
- The Crown Inn, Linton Cambridgeshire