Crown­ing glory in a pretty vil­lage

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson’s Choice - By brad­barnes

or­dered drinks from a de­cent se­lec­tion of beers and wines, then set about the menu.

We­had al­ready gone through the sam­ple menu on­line ( www. the­crown­inn. org) and the menu of the day had sim­i­lar clas­sic Bri­tish of­fer­ings.

The starter menu was pretty lim­ited but we had al­ready got our eye on the main cour­ses, so we moved on.

I went for a real win­ter­warmer - Lin­colnshire sausages ( thick and meaty) on a bed of col­can­non with a crispy ba­con strip and a red wine jus.

The sausages were top qual­ity, the col­can­non nice and creamy with not too much cab­bage, and the jus ever so rich and tasty,

Donna opted for a warm beet­root salad with toasted figs, wal­nuts, home- made moz­zarella cheese and a lovely bal­samic glaze. An in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion, sum­mery at first glance but still a hearty meal with di­verse flavours.

Post- preg­nancy Donna is mak­ing up for months of miss­ing out on her favourite cheeses - what I would call the smelly ones - so the dessert op­tion wasn’t up for dis­cus­sion.

It was nice to be shown the trol­ley, and hear a ba­sic de­scrip­tion of ev­ery­thing that was avail­able. So a plate loaded with six or seven va­ri­eties fol­lowed with a home­made ( and very sweet) chut­ney, and grapes. They were a lit­tle bland in my opin­ion, but as it wasn’t my meal I was re­minded that they went per­fectly with the stronger cheeses.

My sweet tooth was served with a de­li­ciously soft and fruity steamed tof­fee ap­ple pud­ding with a cin­na­mon cus-

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