In will need a breather in the city? Now it's time you escaped to The Crown Hotel in Chertsey, just a stone's discard from Thorpe Park. You can read much more of our hotel reviews here. Here's why:
The Crown Hotel Chertsey Review: The Lowdown
The Crown Hotel is really a beautiful old coaching inn situated in Chertsey, Surrey. The current building goes back to 1899 there is however been a coaching inn on that site because the 16th Century. Now a Young's Pub with a hotel attached, The Crown is a cosy establishment having a touch of old-fashioned charm with its exposed brick walls, wooden floorboards and a large brick fireplace surrounded by squashy sofas that make you think of drowsy winter evenings by the fire. With rooms on-site, gastropub dining along with a spacious open-plan beer garden using its own outdoor fireplace to boot, The Crown creates an ideal weekend refuge and it's just over an hour away from Waterloo Station. Ideal for those looking to relax after a day out at Thorpe Park (a mere 16 minutes by bus), The Crown offers everything from comfort to scrumptious pub classics.
The Crown Hotel Chertsey Review: The Rooms
I was surprised to discover that the hotel wasn't in the pub building itself but rather inside a more modern-looking building next to it which contained 49 rooms. Our room was beautifully-designed and although it overlooked the carpark, it meant that it had been blissfully quiet even when the pub got busy in the evening. I instantly fell in love with the room's elegant and timeless interior. Pops of forest green and scarlet brightened the white spread on the super king-sized bed. A sofa was sprawled within the corner and enormous windows filled the area with sun light to make it airy and spacious. Each room in the Crown Hotel has its own character but what ties them together is the timeless country elegance that nearly makes you forget where you are. That, and an enormous cosy bed, a sizable flat-screen television, an ensuite, a tray of teas and a Nespresso coffee maker around the desk.
The Crown Hotel Chertsey Review: The Food
Dinner in the Crown was not your usual pub grub affair. Comfortable wooden tables organized for dining were located at the back of the pub with floor-to-ceiling windows opening out into the beer garden. This made a more intimate space for diners without isolating them fro the social atmosphere of the pub. We sat down at a table hidden behind an exposed brick pillar and studied our menus. The Crown offers a selection of traditional gastropub food after some bit of decadence. It's pub grub after some oomph, you could say.
The Crown Hotel menu had a choice for any three-course meal so to begin with I selected a broccoli and borlotti bean soup with sourdough bread. It had been enormous; a hearty winter warner served in a dinky black cauldron with bits of golden toast quietly. My main course was an incredibly gooey marrow, Somerset brie & hazelnut tart with Nutbourne tomato salad while my lady chosen a gargantuan portion of fish and chips with a side of mushy peas. The meals was delicious but try as we might, we couldn't find room for dessert. We had well and truly stuffed ourselves, although I was a little tempted through the chocolate & salted caramel brownie with vanilla frozen treats – next time, perhaps! We improvised with a pair of gin and tonics which we used to our room and we spent the evening watching television during sex. Bliss.
Breakfast occured in the same spot as dinner. A buffet that nearly spanned the entire pub greeted us the next morning with rows of sliced bread, a full English on hot plates, yoghurt and fresh fruit so that as much tea, coffee, juice and water as you could manage. Our stay at the Crown in Chertsey was a real gastronomic indulgence.
The Crown Hotel Chertsey Review: Our Verdict
The Crown Hotel is a cosy coaching inn with a modern touch which makes you feel at home. It's far from London enough to make you feel like you're on the mini-break but not to the point that you dread your way back the next morning. The city of Chertsey is perhaps not on surface of any bucket list: it's fairly ordinary as towns go however the hotel's proximity to Thorpe Park, Legoland and even Stansted airport makes it a worthwhile visit or pitstop.
A one-night-stay inside a family room costs from lb130 and lb146 for any classic twin or double. Thorpe Park is 16 minutes away door to door by bus and trains from Waterloo Station to Chertsey take about 1 hour. Find out more about The Crown Hotel here.