The last time I was in The Crown, decades back, it was a different pub altogether. In those days it was a bit rough and the décor was tired.
The current owners clearly saw the potential of the place and, whilst the general layout is much the same, the décor and ambiance have become bright, fresh and modern, without losing the feeling of being a venerable Stony establishment.
I ate a lunch of steak and ale pie with mash and vegetables. The veg was cooked just the way I like it - with plenty of crunch remaining. The pie and the mash were of reasonable standard. I would, however, like to congratulate the cook on calling a pie a pie - so many pubs say pie when they mean a bowl of stew with a puff of pastry sitting on top. This was a proper pie with good pastry.
My sister had haddock and chips which she said was very good.
The selection of beer was small but a well-kept Doombar was on, which is always a good standby.
Service was a bit lacking in enthusiasm but not actually poor. We got our meal fairly promptly.
I would describe our meal as good pub grub but nothing outstanding. On the basis of that, I did feel that it was a little on the pricey side.
Still, overall, not bad.