Firstly, I must apologise to the amazing people at this lovely village pub on the outskirts of Cheltenham. They kindly invited D and I for lunch a few months ago, and then wedding prep took over and my focus was taken completely away from this blog, and I haven’t given them the glowing review that they deserved from me months ago… but here it is!
We headed over there on a quiet, cloudy, Saturday lunchtime, and were excited for a warming pub lunch – just what we needed – a nice bit of comfort food. I love a pub lunch, despite always walking away full to the brim, it’s not often that you are unsatisfied by some good quality British classics. And I was happy to see that the menu at The Crown Inn was exactly the kind of food I fancied.
This is a really cute, village country pub. There are so many of these in and around The Cotswolds, and we don’t get to see them often enough! I think I need to start doing a tour of the pubs of the cotswolds, and this one would most certainly be on my list. It’s got low ceilings, traditional beams, cosy fireplaces and corners to hide away on a rainy, cold autumn day – which we we know are headed our way! In the summer, there’s a cute courtyard garden which you can sit in and soak up the sunshine. I would definitely head back here for a great country pub feeling, be it for food, or just a lazy afternoon of drinking.
The food was perfect. I love food, but in particular, I love pub food. All the classics are available on this menu, from fish and chips to bangers and mash, it makes me sad when pubs switch their menus over to weird things that don’t suit them (like Thai) – when I want to go for food in a pub – comfort food is what I’m after. They have a great selection including some delicious lunch options, and healthy salads for the health conscious amongst you. Food is sourced locally, and where possible home grown, including meat from a local farm in the next village. And you can certainly taste the quality.
I couldn’t resist ordering my absolute favourite, bangers and mash. I judge a restaurant by their mash, as I’ve mentioned before, and fortunately, this didn’t disappoint. Creamy and full of flavour, it was exactly what I craved. The sausages were delicious, and the red wine gravy finished off the dish to perfection. As it was lunchtime, D went for a more lunchtime appropriate option (but does it really matter when sausages are an option!?) of a mozzarella and pesto sandwich, with thick cut chips. Equally as delicious, served in a freshly baked bun with mozzarella which pulled for days – I was actually a little bit jealous. We have a little thing for Mac ‘n’ Cheese, so of course decided to take on a side together, and it had the crispiest, cheesiest top I’ve ever seen. We were spoilt!
The staff are extremely friendly, this local pub is independent and run by locals Lee Martin and his head chef Tom Petersen, and I feel like being locals always guarantees service from people who care. They were attentive, clearly knew people from the area – chatting to lots of guests who were in there, and didn’t rush us out the door as restaurants often do – we enjoyed a relaxed and enjoyable service. If I lived in Kemerton, and didn’t have to drive home, you would definitely find me in here regularly!
Price and Rating
Typical country pub prices, you won’t be ripped off here. Main courses are around £10-£12 each, and will fill you to the brim. They are extremely generous on portions, and if you fancy a sharing board with a bottle of wine, they do a great charcuterie board for £14. In the evening you can get a steak for ~£20 – which knowing their meat comes from a local village farm, you know you’re going to get great quality for a really good price.
Book a table and check out their menu at https://thecrownkemerton.co.uk/