This week’s destination for Sunday lunch was the Buckinghamshire village of Chalfont St Giles. One of the string of villages comprising the ‘Chalfonts’, its main street is everything you might ask for in a country village: historic buildings, a selection of shops including a bookshop, a clutch of decent pubs and even a village pond.
Unfortunately more or less all of the shops are closed on Sunday, although the main reason for our visit was for Sunday lunch. In this respect the village’s selection of pubs and deli provide a fine choice of options. Our first port of call was the Fox and Hounds, principally because it received a staggering 8.1 on the Beerintheevening website. It seemed every bit the quintessential village pub. Unfortunately it was also booked up for Sunday lunch, meaning our appreciation was short lived. We returned to the high street and had a look at the Crown pub, which we liked the look at.
Relatively recently refurbished, the Crown has a modern but comfortable look, with separate eating and bar areas. The welcome and service was superb. The Crown is one of those places that upon stepping foot in the place you’re treated as if you’re a well-liked regular. It being Sunday, I continued in my research to find the best Sunday Roast in the area, while Tara had the tomato tart with goat’s cheese. It was part of a three-course deal for £20. Each course was absolutely delicious. From the prawn and langoustine starter to the treacle tart dessert, presentation and flavour was top notch.
The Sunday Roast looked nice enough on first glance. The two slices of beef didn’t look terribly generous, however the experience was on the tasting. It was the most flavoursome roast I’ve had in a good while. Not the rarest cooked I’ve had but every mouthful was a pleasure. At £9.95, even without the set deal, it’s also by no means the priciest to be had. I think this may well but the Crown at the top of the pile so far in my search for the finest local Sunday Roast. However the search continues…