The Crown Hotel, Poole

I don’t usually write posts reviewing restaurants but I felt I had to mention this total gem my family discovered at the weekend. As my mum and Carly’s birthdays are over the weekend we are in Disney, we decided to celebrate early. My aunt who lives in Kent came down for the occasion and, as our usual restaurants were fully booked for Sunday lunch, my mum booked The Crown Hotel having seen good reviews online.

I felt from the start that service was brilliant. We were served our drinks and provided with menus quickly. The restaurant itself was cosy but stylish at the same time. Being Rememberance Sunday, the usual table decor had Poppies added, and this looked lovely.

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I am sometimes fussy with restaurant menus and can find it hard to choose a dish I like the sound of but here I had several options lined up. In the end I went with the Roast chicken as I fancied a traditional Sunday roast. After ordering, we were provided with artisan fresh baked breads with Sundried Tomato chutney and an infused olive oil for dipping. There were plenty of Olives too, which were a little wasted on us as my family all dislike them.

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Following this delicious grazing platter I was feeling a little full but luckily still had room for my main, which was really tasty. There was plenty of Mediterranean style fresh vegetables along with Cauiflower cheese and red cabbage. I wasn’t hugely keen on the Yorkshire as, although homemade, they were a little dry and crispy for my liking. Overall everything was delicious though. The kids meals were good value as well and looked amazing. Cameron had a burger and Carly went for fish and chips, which was a really good sized portion.

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Following the mains, my sister went for a Sticky Toffee Pudding, which she shared with my mum and aunt. It looked brilliant. The staff were great with the birthday cake we provided as well, happy to bring out a knife and plates, and playing a tasteful but fun happy birthday song for the blowing of the candles.

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The part I was most impressed with was how well they catered for special dietary requirements. My sister had coealiac disease and although the gluten free diet is becoming more mainstream, a lot of places provide a minimum amount of choice and sometimes she is still forced to go for a jacket potato rather than a main meal. The Crown Hotel was brilliant at explaining what she was allowed and what she wasn’t and the majority of the menu could be adapted to suit her diet. Gluten free bread was provided for the grazing platter, she was able to have a gluten free roast dinner, there was a choice of three of the four desserts available for her to pick from (a complete novelty for her). Even when the post dinner chocolate mint was not gluten free, the waitress was quick to offer an alternative (after eight mint). I was really impressed and I know my sister was too.

My sister's gluten free roast
My sister’s gluten free roast
I will definitely be going back. As Ed wasn’t able to come along as he had studying to do I will be taking him at some point. I did take away one of the starters from the specials menu as it was something he loves (Quails Scotch Egg). I look forward to making another selection from their yummy and extensive menu.

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