Emyr Thomas visits The Crown hotel in Amersham.
The Crown Amersham is a traditional coaching inn, less than an hour’s drive from Central London in Amersham, which is also easily accessible by Tube at the end of the Metropolitan line. Designed by Ilse Crawford (who designed the Soho House Group’s properties among others), the modern design and technological touches blend seamlessly with the oak beams and uneven wooden floors.
The Crown Amersham has 40 bedrooms over 3 separate buildings, all of which have comfortable beds, iPod docking stations, wool blankets and, thankfully, free wiﬁ. Our recently refurbished room came with an excellent shower, gorgeous Aesop bath products and a freestanding bath in the bedroom – a craze that I have never quite understood.
Like a true inn, the restaurant and bar are at the heart of the hotel. The Crown Chop House offers a traditional British menu with large portions of grilled meats and hearty country fare. My dinner consisted of a warming onion soup followed by a simple but well prepared fillet steak. The culinary highlight was the bountiful breakfast consisting of a large selection of cheese, cured meats, smoked fish and home baked pastries, forcing you to linger with the Sunday papers.
The building oozes charm and character from every crack, and the open fires, low beams and creaking floors create a warm, cosy and welcoming atmosphere.
For movie enthusiasts, The Crown made a cameo appearance in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ where Hugh Grant became intimately acquainted with Andie MacDowell.
While The Crown Amersham may not be everyone’s idea of a country escape, sometimes you just want to get away from it all without really getting that far away at all. The Crown is a quaint, traditional country inn with good food, stylish rooms and a real sense of character, easily accessible by public transport.
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