THE Crown Inn can be found in the small but beautiful village of Sproxton, close to the Lincolnshire border in the ironstone outreaches of Melton borough.
The pub was closed for some time last year but now the family of Chris and Paula Edmondson and daughter Casey Archer have taken on the task of bringing it all back to its former glory.
The Crown, a double-fronted stone building, stands proudly on Coston Road. When you enter the front door it has the usual pub formula; bar one side of the
front door and lounge the other.
Inside there are some basic tables and chairs with a couple of sofas and a wood burner in the old hearth. It has retained some old prints on the walls and
general ornamental touches to echo some of the style of its former self.
The handsome antique bar between the two rooms has served beer since the 1860s and now hosts plenty of good beers and real ales which are dispensed from its traditional pumps. We were made very welcome by the staff and locals alike, the atmosphere being relaxed and genial.
The menu, displayed on a chalkboard, offers a selection of home-cooked meals. There are several starters, pies, curries, steaks and a few traditional puddings to
choose from. Themed evenings are also on the menu.
Our starters of a deep fried piece of Brie with a cranberry sauce and a traditional prawn cocktail were freshly prepared and very tasty. They were good value for
£4.95 and £4.50 respectively.
Main courses arrived after a suitable interval, mine a large portion of a home-cooked Beef and Guinness Pie. A proper pie too, totally encased in pastry and full of succulent pieces of beef and at £7.50 very affordable.
My husband chose a 10oz rib eye steak which was cooked to his liking and served with chips, onion rings, mushroom, tomato and peas. Two good platefuls and all served in a friendly, helpful and obliging manner. Our bill, not including drinks, added up to a modest £33.90p.
Sproxton is located near the Viking Way and within 15 miles of Stamford, Grantham, Melton and Oakham. You are truly in the heart of unspoilt rural England. Rutland Water, Belvoir Castle, Burghley House and Belton House are all nearby. The Viking Cross in St Bartholomew’s Church is also worth a visit.
The Crown is an ideal place to stop off should you be in need of a beverage and some home-made food. It is open Friday to Monday all day, closed
Tuesday, open Wednesday and Thursday 5pm to 11pm. Sunday lunches are also available.
Call (01476) 861608 or visit www.thecrownatsproxton.com