The Crown Inn, Surrey

There a very few places like The Crown Inn in Chiddingfold. Once a 14th Century Alehouse,  it has a long and fascinating history and even a short trip transports you back in time and away from stressful modern day life.  It is recorded that King Edward VI accompanied by many of his high officials of state, the Duke of Suffolk, the Earls of Cobham and Warwick and some four thousand men camped on the Green outside the Crown on July 21st 1552, and it is also alleged that Elizabeth I took refreshment here in 1591 while passing through Chiddingfold on her way from Loseley to Cowdray. Many hundreds of years later, it was a thriving business during the world wars and was particularly popular with soldiers billeted here.

Since 1982, The Crown has been owned by the well respected ‘Searcy Group’. The Searcy catering, hospitality and restaurant group was privately owned by Richard & Nigel Goodhew and had interests in many top restaurants. It worked with Michelin starred chef Richard Corrigan, and won prestigious catering contracts at top London venues such as the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery. They sold Searcy in 2007 but have retained their ownership of The Crown.

For many, it is a treasured local pub with its low oak beams and regional ales, and the place positively hums with the chatter of country folk, accompanied by their dogs and children (in that order!). You’ll spot the odd London couple on a romantic break too-the clever ones who’ve been give insider information by word of mouth that this place is a special gem.

We had dinner in the stunning wood panelled dining room, which has the most beautiful ornate plaster ceiling, a grand Tudor Fireplace and rustic wooden tables. Traditional favourites like breaded whitebait and honey and mustard sausages were just the ticket, and we feasted on juicy Chateaubriand with roasted flat mushrooms and vine tomatoes. Staff were friendly and attentive, and made you feel welcome and pampered.

We stayed in the magnificent ‘Tudor Parlour’ , with it’s impressive antique four poster bed, and spacious bathroom with luxurious freestanding bath. You couldn’t hope for a more characterful and charming bedroom. I slept like a log, and awoke feeling refreshed and Kingly the next morning.

To book your special stay at the historic Crown, visit: http://www.thecrownchiddingfold.com or call 01428 682 255.

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