The Crown

223 Grove Road, Mile End, London

British food overlooking Victoria Park

The Crown, exterior picture

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Address:223 Grove Road
Mile End
E3 5SN
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Public Houses & Inns
Region:Mile End
Nearest Station:Mile End
Opening Hours:

Mon:12:00 - 23:00
Tue:12:00 - 23:00
Wed:12:00 - 23:00
Thu:12:00 - 23:00
Fri:12:00 - 23:00
Sat:10:00 - 23:00
Sun:12:00 - 22:30
About: The Crown is a gastro pub with a selection of real ales and a British food menu.

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  1. The Victoria (0.1 miles)
    Grove Road, Mile End, E3 5TH
  2. Angel & Crown (0.2 miles)
    Roman Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0RY
  3. Young Prince (0.3 miles)
    Roman Road, Mile End, E3 5LU

"British food overlooking Victoria Park"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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Situated opposite the entrance to Victoria Park, this pub attracts a mixture of young Hackney-ites and trendy couples, while retaining the relaxed feel of a local, with the odd beer-sipping after- work punter.

The Crown has gone for the homely-yet-quirky look with comfy armchairs, book shelves, lamp shades and some very convincing mock rabbit-skin wallpaper.

While the lunchtime menu is pub-like, with fish and chips, gammon steak, and beef burgers, the dinner menu is a tad more ambitious. We tease our appetites with some very delicious chicken liver wrapped in bacon, and an oaky Rioja Azabache Crianza from 2006 (£19.95), which goes down rather too well.

A dish of oyster mushrooms on toast, with a fried duck egg (£6.50) on top arrives. Dripping in olive oil, the creamy yolk and nutty-tasting mushrooms are delightful.

The British asparagus salad with Berkswell cheese (£6.95) consists of a bed of leaves with fried asparagus, sprinkled with a sheep’s cheese that is made by a family in the tiny village of Berkswell. Its robust flavour and hard texture has more in common with a Grana Padano than a typical English cheese.

We plod along to the mains, with a cheese onion and celeriac pie (£9.95) that has heaps of melted Cheddar in puff pastry with sweet onion and celeriac.

The pan fried gilt head bream with mussels, prawns and wilted spinach (£12.95) may sound like too much on one plate, but it’s not. The mussels and prawns in a butter white wine sauce are perfect with the delicate flavour of this fish, which is considered a luxury food in some countries. Boiled new potatoes provide the additional stodge.

“We have a culinary disaster” we are told after ordering desserts, as the kitchen has run out of custard. However the bread and butter pudding (£5) which oozes chocolate sauce is actually more apt with just a dollop of vanilla ice cream after a heavy meal. A crunchy pear crumble (£5) arrives wrapped in a thin layer of filo pastry, a quirky touch to a wholesome pud, just like the pub itself.

Leila reviewed The Crown on Wed 02 Jun 2010

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