Having heard about long standing Fitzrovia favourite, The Crown and Sceptre’s recent refurbishment, The Handbook were keen to check it out. So last Thursday we headed down pushing through grey streets, stepping into the pub, before realizing what seemed to be the majority of London had had the same idea.
Packed floor to ceiling with young professionals from the various surrounding media companies, you could tell this is a much loved drinking hole. Despite being the only diners in the pub at the time and drinkers cornering us on every side, there was a distinct buzz and a boisterous energy that was not necessarily to its detriment. Although we would recommend booking a different time if you prefer a slightly calmer dinner, the food that followed was definitely worth having to raise the volume of your voice slightly for.
Starting with a vegetarian sharing board including a decadent mozzarella fondue, cheese straws, houmous and lightly battered cauliflower it was a light and tasty start to the meal. We then ventured on to sample the burger and gnocchi main options which came plentiful and ridiculously tasty. The gnocchi, which was creamy and deliciously flavoured with big chunks of butternut squash, mushrooms and cannellini beans was definitely a highlight . We finished off with sticky toffee puddings (which we are still fantasizing about) that were absolutely delicious and perfectly sized. With other highlights on the menu including a pork and chorizo burger with caremalised red onion and wild salmon fishcakes with lemon creme fraiche, The Crown and Sceptre’s menu is traditional pub food done really very well. Venturing behind the bar we were also incredibly impressed with the range of beers from local London breweries as well as rotating guest beers from Europe and beyond.
Relaxed, friendly and completely unpretentious The Crown and Sceptre’s food, decor and especially service could not be faulted. Apologetic for the slightly boisterous atmosphere we were amazed at how quick and efficient the staff were at such peak times. All in all The Crown and Sceptre is perfect for after work drinks, or food when you’re in the area. Tucked slightly away from the bustle of Oxford Street this is one hidden gem which we definitely will be making a return visit to.