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The Crown (JD Wetherspoon), Berkhamsted Town, Berkhamsted

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
145 High Street
Phone: 01442863993

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J D Wetherspoon

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Aqualung . left this review about The Crown (JD Wetherspoon)

There are probably more original pubs in the Wetherspoon estate than most people realise and this is another one. Certainly in the London area they tend to be large suburban pubs often with a troubled past and many were music venues.
This is a genuine rambling old coaching inn with all sorts of nooks and crannies.
It's much bigger inside than it looks from the front.
It is GBG 2015 listed so the beer selection was on the face of it slightly disappointing. Four beers were doubled up, GK IPA, Tring Moongazing, the American Wadworth's Mermaid's Red and the American Banks's Young Henry. On their own were Haresfoot Sundial, White Park Bedford Best and a cider with one unused pump. On the plus side there was no Abbot or any of the three national beers so maybe the doubling up wasn't as bad as it first seemed especially as there were three Locale beers and two of the American series.
I went for the Tring Moongazing (£2.60) which looked like it was going to be a boring brown beer but turned out to be extremely tasty and a bit of a hop bomb.
The price for this 4.2% beer struck me as expensive for a Spoons.

On 5th October 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Crown (JD Wetherspoon)

This is a Wetherspoons pub on Berkhamsted High Street, but crucially, there has been a pub on this site since the 1740’s, which means this place doesn’t quite fall into the uniformity associated with this chain. Originally called ‘The Crown’ the pub has been through countless name changes over the years before Wetherspoons took over in 1998 and returned it to its original name. You enter into a surprisingly cosy, bare brick seating area with, of all things, a lit fire which was proving very popular on a bracing winter’s afternoon. You move through the pub, which is quite narrow but goes back a long way, to find the servery in the mid section, running down the left hand wall. Opposite there is a strange conservatory type area which gets a lot of light compared to the rest of the pub, despite being hemmed in by buildings on all four sides. Further to the rear there is a presumably newer section with a split level seating area which felt perhaps the most like the typical Wetherspoons format, despite another Spoons rarity in the shape of two dartboards. Several TV screens were showing the usual muted rolling news channels and at the rear there was a decent garden which was well lit by the winter sun.
On the bar there were two banks of hand pumps offering two Spoons regulars, two ciders and four guests, with some of the pumps doubled up. I went for a pint of the Red Squirrel Mister Squirrel at £2.25, which was a pretty good pint. There was a good crowd in at lunchtime and I had to go all the way to the very back of the pub before I found a free table.
I warmed to this place and thought it was a good variation on a well tested format which might appeal to people who dislike the chain for its formulaic approach. Worth popping in to see what’s on the bar and maybe settling in if you can grab a spot near the fire.

On 23rd February 2013 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Crown (JD Wetherspoon)

At least this 'spoons was once a coaching inn,and there is some internal interest with two small room to the right of the entrance,low ceilings and exposed wooden posts.Opposite the central bar there is a small conservatory while at the rear there are two more sections one with a flat screen ,the other giving access to a large sloping garden with many different levels joined together by a paved path.
I liked the wood panelling ,the gallery landing to the loos and the rambling interior but the identikit furniture reminds you of the chain ethos.
Two banks of six handpumps but with two given over to real cider,and GK Abbott,Ruddles Bitter,London Pride and Adnams Broadside all doubled up ,it only left two guests to choose from in the form of Tring Up and Under and Newby Wyke HMS Warrior (£2.20 ,decent shape)on my trip.As you might expect there were several all day drinkers propping the bar,the atmosphere was a bit downbeat.
This is not the first time I have been underwhelmed by the ale choice here,it falls into the category of "bog standard 'spoons".

On 8th February 2013 - rating: 6
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Malden man left this review about The Crown (JD Wetherspoon)

The pub is a rarity in so far as the front section of this JDW was always a pub going back centuries rather than the usual old cinema or carpet shop. Nowadays the pub goes back quite some distance, and external inspection from the side alley, which I took to be the former stable access, suggests that the current Crown is now two buildings extended and joined together. The front area still has some old beams and posts and the period low ceiling, plus another 'spoons rarity, a separate side room. The front area to the right on entering would also once have been another room. Nowadays, the bar is in the middle, JDW style along a side wall. Naturally some of the usual Wetherspoons treatment has taken place, with the side extension having a conservatory roof, and the superbly observed up the stairs and down the other side galleried toilets resembling a gallows!
There were a decent selection of beers on with multiple pumps and local beers in the guise of Tring, Red Squirrel and Buntingford. I actually went for a Brains St David's Ale (£2.45) which was in fine nick. The barmaid was friendly, bouncy and very jolly, seeing trainman's review below there must be something in the water. Worth a visit even if JDWs aren't your thing.

On 11th March 2012 - rating: 6
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train man left this review about The Crown (JD Wetherspoon)

Two banks of 6 handpumps, one unfortunately replicating the ale selection of the other. Rebellion Budget Blues & Smuggler, Tring Startop, Rudgate Ruby Mild, Abbot, Ruddles. A smaller, rather more bijou version veering pleasantly away from ‘spoons more usual barn-style. It was nice. Good service from the barman/manager though his full-on style might be perceived as a little overpowering.

On 9th May 2010 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The Crown

One of the better Wetherspoon's.One main bar with a couple of side rooms where you can sit in peace and quiet.A fair range of real ales including a couple of local brews.10 mins walk from the railway station.

On 19th December 2008 - rating: 8
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Clive Thompson left this review about The Crown (JD Wetherspoon)

It's a small frontage but can hardly be called a small pub, it goes back so far that you think you're in the next county by the time you reach the extent of it's environs. The low ceilings, lack of natural light and a general lack of cleanliness give it a typical dreary JDW feel. There are two staircases that lead from either side of the bar up to the toilets that give a sense of going up to meet the hangman's noose as you ascend them. What this pub really has going for it is the range of beer, there are about 10- 12 hand pumps with some interesting beers and also some from the local Tring Brewery.

On 9th February 2008 - rating: 6
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