The substantial Victorian building of The Crown in Chertsey (which is definitely not reflected in the image) has long been on my most wanted list, finally I found myself in Chertsey at a mealtime and got to venture inside for some lunch.
The large restaurant area is very up to date yet with many great features like the brick wall and the roaring fire/sofa seating area.
The pub area is equally up to date, with beautiful old windows and a trendly colour scheme I want in my kitchen.
We elected to sit in the pub area, as it was so sunny and inviting. We played a bit of musical chairs to find the most comfortable seating but once settled we easily could have spent the afternoon.
Outside in back is a sheltered and covered sofa seating area, complete with television and blankets. I have to say, I’m not sure I’ve encountered another like it.
Service was largely absent though perfectly adequate, they appeared at the bar to take our order and again to deliver our food.
The bar menu was more exciting than your standard fare, with perhaps the most interesting sandwich selection I’ve come across.
Susie and I were both wavering between the same two sandwiches and so elected to get them both and go halfsies.
Our first was the Open classic chicken club £7.95., which was a French club rather than an American club. Though messy to eat, it was delicious and substantial.
Our second choice was the Char grilled pita bread with feta, red onion, cucumber and red cabbage coleslaw £5.95. It was tasty but definitely needed that sauce for moisture. We’re not sure it alone would have been filling enough for lunch.
Having both sandwiches combined made for a perfect lunch that was full of flavour and textures, in delightful surroundings.
We really enjoyed The Crown, and if anyone there can tell me the Dulux number of the dark grey in the bar area…
7 London Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8AP
Dogs welcome in bar area