One of the most scenic roads in Dorset has to be the coast road between Bridport & Weymouth, most visitors will have eyes seaward, missing the signpost to Puncknowle and even more miss how to pronounce it – (Pun-el). Opposite St. Mary’s a 12th century parish church is a typical English thatched village pub, The Crown Inn.
The Landlords are Ed Watts, Rich & Rob and they have only been at the Crown since October 2016. They are busily refurbishing the whole place, including the village shop which is also part of the pub. A wood fired oven is on order and plans for an outside bar area for those balmy summer evenings…
We walked into a very busy bar area, we thought it must have been a village meeting or similar, but no according to Ed this was quiet for a Friday night! The Crown is a Palmers pub, so a good selection of great local ales.
The menu has a solid ‘pub grub’ selection, fish, pies, burgers, steak and a few vegetarian dishes. Soup of the day was celeriac, but for starters I chose Lyme Bay mussels, with Dorset cider, tarragon & lemon. I must say tarragon with mussels is now my new favourite, the wonderful aniseed flavour worked well with these meaty critters.
On the advice from Ed, Vicky had one of the vegetarian options for her main meal, Red Onion & Beetroot Tart, Cabbage Mash & Goat Cheese. Vegetables grown locally from Tamarisk Farm in West Bexington. This had all her favourite elements, beetroot & goats cheese, it just needed a sprinkle of walnuts to make it even better.
I ordered The Crown Burger, Local Longhorn Beef, Dorset Cheddar, Tomato, Lettuce, Pickle, Fries. This was one big meal on a plate and a proper looking burger, giving me just the right amount of guilt for eating it all. Duchess of Cornwall Inn, Poundbury you need to visit the Crown and see how a burger should be served!!!
The pub was now filling up and good to see the Crown is as popular now as in the 70’s when it was the place to visit & eat. Next time you are driving along the coast road, turn off at Swyre and head to The Crown to enjoy some of their great food and warm hospitality.
The Crown Inn
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