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“Traditional pub with a warm, cosy ambience” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The Crown Inn
Ranked #21 of 24 Hotels in Swindon
Oxford
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73 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Traditional pub with a warm, cosy ambience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2011

My wife had visited this pub once before for lunch with colleagues, and was impressed with it enough to suggest an evening visit for us to try their dinner menu.

First impressions were favourable, the pub has a large car park and the outside seating areas are very inviting and nicely presented. Some parts are under cover and it offers lots of separate areas so that a bit of intimacy for groups of friends could be enjoyed. It was also nicely illuminated with Christmas lights rather than the usual cold glaring floodlights.

The interior again was inviting, and the pub had that cosy traditional feel and look about it. In keeping with the outside areas, the pub offered about four separate open plan rooms, fanning out from the bar. The decor was nice and had a rustic look about it. The only room that could have benefitted from any changes was the main dining area; it was furnished and carpeted with a compliment of very dated tables and chairs from the 70’s - whereas the other areas benefitted from lots of nice solid farm-house wooden tables and chairs.

Service at the bar was okay, but while there appeared to be about 3 staff front of house, only one was serving at the bar which meant a little wait as it got busy. The bar and waiting staff were youngish, but polite and 'adequately' attentive.

One (nice) alternative dining area (hidden round a corner) was reserved for their Wednesday night poker club, so we had to contend ourselves with the only free tables available which were in the main dining room, with its dated furniture. It’s worth saying that this room was very attractive and rustic however - except for the furniture.

We ordered a drink from the bar and but had to ask for my wife’s red wine to be put into a standard wine glass rather than the champagne flute it arrived it – the young lady behind the bar said that they always used the’ flute’ for small wines ???? A small 125ml red house Merlot cost £2.00 and a large one 250ml was £4.35. They also offered a range of bottles in the £8.50 to £11.50 price range. Not surprisingly for an Arkells pub, the only ales on offer were 3B and Harvest Gold, costing £2.65 and £2.95 respectively.

The menu choice was adequate - but further supplemented by their extensive specials board. Surprisingly, the specials offered similar meals to those on the menu, but at MUCH cheaper prices i.e. 16oz steak and chips for about £9.00 as a special - but £12.00+ on the menu. Although we had our attention drawn to the fact that a specials' board existed in the main dining room, we didn’t notice the one in the bar where the best deals were listed. As a consequence we missed out and ordered from the main menu instead.

The table cutlery arrived wrapped in paper napkins, a salt cellar and a bowl of ketchup sachets – no table mats. The meals themselves arrived quite promptly and my mixed grill was a very hearty serving which I would recommend. My wife’s fish pie however had to be sent back because the fish appeared to be undercooked (it was still opaque) and the whole dish was only lukewarm. The staff apologised and asked if we would like it re-heated, or have a fresh one prepared, or to choose something else. My wife opted for the burger instead. This meant of course that I was half way through my meal before her new meal arrived. Her burger however, was cooked the way she ordered it, and to her liking.

The total cost of our outing for 2 mains, 2 wines and 3 beers was £34.50. We weren’t offered any ‘compensation’ other than not being charged the difference in cost between my wife’s 2 meals – a saving of about £1.00. In conclusion YES I would recommend this pub, it does have a charm about it; the meals are ‘okay’ but look out for the specials before ordering.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

We visited this pub today and had one great meal and one not so good. This is very unusual because we have visited many times before and always had great food or awful food. I have a feeling it is very much down to luck and which chef is working. The gammon is on special at the moment and arrived burnt to a cinder and claimed to be 12oz. There was no way and not great on the pallet. My fellow dinner order a jacket potato with cheese, mushrooms and bacon (the cheese wasn't melted) and she said it was lovely.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dawniedarlin
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
187 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

The pub has a good sized car park with plenty of space. Although located next to a very tatty (closed?) garage and right on a busy junction, you are aware of neither when settled in the bar. Although we were not staying here, we did eat and drink in the bar. In addition to the restaurant (just off the bar), there are various little areas in which to sit, drink and eat. A cosy little seating area at the far end of the bar is enjoyable to use, especially if you can bag it to yourselves! Firstly the beer! This is pub owned by the local Arkell's Brewery and that is exactly what they sell! It's a pity they do not sell guest ales as I would probably become a regular if they did. Wine by the bottle is good value but be careful when ordering as there appears to be 2 different lists of house wines. The place has improved under the new management. The bar menu has a reasonable range but the specials board holds the kitchens secrets. The various steak specials (as opposed to the steaks on the main menu) are very good but like most british establishments are overcooked. I asked for rare and received medium-to-well (an 8oz rump plus a glass of wine for £5.99). A number of menu items were unavailable. The Fisherman’s Pie had a mash topping which, when combined with a choice of chips or mash (plus vegetables), ran the risk of potato overload - some gravy would also have helped.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank coastalchris
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2011

Maybe there is a second part to this hotel that I did not see, but personally I would not stay again. I was in one of the 'stables' overlooking the carpark.
The very friendly & helpful lady on reception apologised for the room before even opening the door, but that still doesn't change the dirty carpet or funny smell. The bathroom was alright, but again would benefit from deep cleaning to the bath and shower. The duvet was thin, the pillows flat and the matress springy and cheap.
At £45 with a very tasty breakfast it would be fine if you're not fussy about cleanliness, but I am and consequently I did not enjoy my stay.
I have given one star for the nice staff & one for the very nice breakfast. Premier Inn all the way in future.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Team_Kirby_Howse
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  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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Additional Information about The Crown Inn

Property: The Crown Inn
Address: 73 Ermin Street, Swindon SN3 4NL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Swindon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 24 Hotels in Swindon
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,928 - ₹ 6,285
Hotel Class:3 star — The Crown Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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