Maidenhead pub makes the National Restaurant Awards top 100 list

A COUNTRY pub in Berkshire has found itself on the top 100 list at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2021.

The list features the top 100 places to eat across the UK as voted for by an elite academy of chefs, restaurateurs and food writers nationwide.

Maidenhead’s The Crown in Burchett’s Green came in at number 68 in the top 100 and was described as a pub which provides “classical dishes with personality and flavour”.

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The Crown is the first pub to win a Michelin star and here’s what the awards said about the eatery.

“Dad Simon Bonwick works unaided in the kitchen and nine of his family members – yes, nine, you read that right – work front of house. Bonwick senior spends the first few days of each week getting his ducks in a row before opening for business on Wednesdays.

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“His food is French leaning – Eugénie Brazier, the first ever person to attract a total of six Michelin stars, is one of Bonwick’s main inspirations – and based on a mix of high quality French and UK-sourced produce. In his own words he is a soloist – one of a handful of chefs in the UK to cook completely unaided (he even does the washing up).

“Menus are subject to change but Bonwick’s repertoire includes wild boar rillete with beer pickles; a slow-cooked veal cheek which comes with what is described as a ‘rather nice veal sauce’; and his beef fillet ‘steamed on string’ that shows his love of French technique.

“Bonwick’s eldest sons Dean and George oversee the 20-cover dining room and have inherited their father’s somewhat idiosyncratic bent, presiding over a ‘haggle board’ of distinguished wines for which customers are required to barter.”

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