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The Crown

Amersham, United Kingdom

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The Premises 

Five-hundred year-old coaching inn, The Crown hotel in Amersham has undergone a modern-rustic makeover at the hands of style guru Ilse Crawford, seeing its original olde-worlde features seamlessly complemented by a fresh, contemporary-comfy design. The pub-style restaurant is still at the heart of the hotel – expect lots of juicy meats and fresh fish dishes to sink your teeth into.

The Crown

16 High Street Amersham, HP7 0DHUnited Kingdom


Compliments of the House 

A gift set of Temple Spa bath products

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am; earliest check-in 2pm.
Rates include full English or Continental breakfast.


Courtyard, free WiFi throughout, free parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, free bottled water, White Company bathroom products.


Wellies for countryside trudging; don’t worry about reading matter though, you’ll find a stash of Penguin classics in every room.


There is a little garden area behind the hotel which is set up for croquet during the summer.


On Sundays, the à la carte menu is not available; instead, guests are offered a reduced dinner menu in the evening. Due to Covid-19 precautions, the Bailey Deluxe room, Bailey Doubleroom and Bailey Suite will be reserved for key workers only. From 12 April, the self-contained Courtyard Suites will be opened up to other guests. During this time, breakfast will be served in a takeaway box and guests can order their selection at check-in.


The Ilse-Crawford-overhauled rooms in the main inn and courtyard are all pictures of peaceful, pared-down rusticity, with spotless white walls, Welsh wool blankets and rush matting. For a glimpse of the inn’s history, check into Room 12, where there’s a section of hand-painted and National Trust-protected wall dating back to 1550. We also like Room 5, which has a raised bathroom area up a little stairwell. Room 1 in the main inn is the only room with his ’n’ hers basins. Courtyard Suite 101 was featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral and 102 – one of the largest – has a dramatic four-poster beneath an imposing chandelier. The courtyard rooms all have claw-foot tubs in the bedrooms.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Hawkyns restaurant – helmed by twice Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar – is the beating heart of the Crown. The menu combines classic British and Indian flavours, with dishes such as chicken tikka terrine, chili-spiced butternut squash risotto and smoked lamb rump with asian ratatouille. For dessert, order a cooling mango kulfi or a tangy saffron yoghurt tart. You may not spot the same specialities every time, as dishes are seasonal and sourced from local farms. However, the Sunday roast is a firm favourite with guests and locals alike – book an early seating to avoid disappointment as they sell out fast.

Liquid Bliss 

Mismatched chairs, chunky tables and woolly blankets dominate the bar at the heart of the Crown. It’s a place to quaff a pint of locally brewed Rebellion ale while nibbling from a bowl of spicy nuts and soothing ramble-weary limbs in front of the log fire.

Experience the Extraordinary 

The Chilterns is pure rambler’s paradise, with dozens of scenic walking trails running from Amersham, Henley Marlow and the surrounds. If you prefer pavements to pastures, London is a half-hour Underground ride away. Disraeli’s country home, Hughenden Manor in High Wycombe makes an excellent day trip, with insights into Victorian stately life and lovely riverside parkland for picnicking. A short drive from Amersham, Cookham was a ‘village in heaven’ according to the famously religious British painter Sir Stanley Spencer, who was born and buried there and often featured scenes of the village in his paintings: see them at the Stanley Spencer Gallery.


The Crown is set in the heart of Amersham, in London’s rural outskirts. This quaint and quirky market town wears its history with pride and is surrounded by the bounding hills and valleys of the Chilterns.


Heathrow is the most convenient airport just 18 miles away. You can fly here from all over Europe and the UK, and regular flights from the States arrive daily. A taxi to the hotel should take around 35 minutes.


Chiltern Railways run directly from London Marylebone to Amersham in around 35 minutes. You can also hop on the Metropolitan Tube line, which takes around 50 minutes from Baker Street. Amersham station is just a mile from the hotel.


Taking your own set of wheels can be handy when exploring bucolic Buckinghamshire. The Crown is just five miles from the M25 and six from the M40. Drive times from London can vary, depending on your route. Traffic permitting, it should take a little over an hour; there's free parking by the hotel, tucked away on Whielden Street.


16 High Street Amersham, HP7 0DHUnited Kingdom

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