A “kooky” family-run Berkshire pub has been named as one of the UK’s best places to eat in a national restaurant award list.
The Crown at Burchetts Green, near Maidenhead, is among 100 venues nationwide picked out by the National Restaurant Awards.
The list – billed as the “definitive guide to the UK’s best restaurants” – is voted for by chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.
The Crown was 68th on the list, with the National Restaurants Awards saying the pub has an “idiosyncratic chef who works unaided in the kitchen producing classical dishes with personality and flavour”.
Judges added: “Fine dining ventures don’t come much kookier than this. The Crown at Burchetts Green is a countryside pub run exclusively by one family.
“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.
“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.”
It added that the “soloist” chef works completely unaided – and even does the washing up.
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Menus are subject to change but the list said Bonwick’s repertoire includes wild boar rillette with beer pickles; a slow-cooked veal cheek and beef fillet ‘steamed on string’, showing his love of French technique.
It said eldest sons Dean and George oversee the 20-cover dining room – making it a true family business.
The full list of restaurants – including everything from tapas bars to fancy fine dining rooms, bistros and gastropubs – can be found HERE.
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