Went to The Crown Pub in Northill for a Valentines meal - 14/2/2011.
(had been there several times for meals before with friends before new owners took over, so thought we'd see how the Pub was now.)
Was very disappointed. Gone was the very welcoming atmosphere and laughter, as also the great filling meals that we'd experienced previously.
Few people were there, very quiet indeed with very little atmosphere.
All just felt very 'business like' and we got the impression the Pub now perhaps seemingly targetting a more 'professional' and wealthier clientel?
The meal itself tasted excellent and was very enjoyable but expensive. Portions were small indeed and not really sufficient for a mans appetite.
The roast lamb serving was small with just potatoe and brocolli.
(where were the carrots etc?)
All very sparse indeed and served on an 'upmarket' but small piece of slate.
(alright if you'd had something to eat beforehand and were looking for a 'top up', no good at all if you wanted a real meal.)
Service was a little slow, (albeit it suited us for that occasion), but if you wanted quicker service then you might have to prompt.
My wife enjoyed it though (she's a small eater) so suited her, but I had to eat again when I got back!
Real shame, we live locally and wanted to make it our eating place, but with those childlike small portions, regretably we'll eat elsewhere.
Summary: Food quality excellent, but need more on a bigger size plate!