French cooking with a modern rustic twist at The Crown Inn at Upton
It’s difficult to beat a long sociable supper with friends at a classic country dining pub, and The Crown Inn at Upton is just the kind of place you’d want to do it.
The cottage-style village inn has been gently modernised to create a relaxed restaurant environment that’s a fitting backdrop to Dave Watts’ clever cooking. The chef patron’s efforts paid off in 2021 when The Crown Inn was awarded a Michelin plate.
Dave, who trained under Raymond Blanc, specialises in contemporary French dishes which focus on provenance. Most of the ingredients on his menus are sourced from small-scale, artisan (and usually local) producers.
This is a place to gather with friends, order a couple of bottles of wine and tuck in to memorable dishes such as ChalkStream trout with charred courgettes, fricassee of broad beans, peas and chive velouté.
In summer, the beer garden is usually abuzz with sociable chatter and alfresco feasting, while the menu showcases fresh seasonal dishes such as summer vegetable lasagne with charred leek and salsa verde.