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Nestled in the beautiful Wiltshire village of Brinkworth, located in-between Royal Wootton Bassett and Malmesbury, the Three Crowns is easy to get to by car and well-connected to the nearby M4 motorway and main roads connecting to Swindon.
The venue itself is a beautiful brick-made pub and restaurant that on approach fits easily into the expansive countryside setting. Inside the venue, you're welcomed by a rustic and modern conservatory beaming with light along with other more intimate areas including traditional booths to enjoy food and drink in.
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Starter Rating: 5/5
Starters: Ginger and chili moules in a cider broth with homemade rustic bread £9.50 (GF available)
Mussels can often be a messy experience with shells and broth-covered fingers often leaving you asking the waiter for more serviettes, however, this experience was completely the opposite and made the overall experience of the dish a lot more enjoyable.
The inclusion of an ample-sized tray to discard of empty shells and a lemon finger bowl to clean my hands meant I was able to delve into my bowl filled with fresh mussels blasting out scents of ginger, garlic and sweet cider.
Warm rustic bread was the perfect side piece to the dish, allowing me to soak up more of the amazing broth that enveloped every mussel. Every bite made me want to delve right back in for another morsel of delicious seafood without any mess thanks to the helpful equipment provided with the starter.
Asparagus wrapped in smoked bacon, tarragon hollandaise, poached egg £8.50 (GF)
A starter should be perfectly weighted so as not to fill you up before your mains have arrived but should also pack a flavoursome punch that only makes you want to take your time enjoying your dining experience. This dish certainly did that!
This brunch-styled starter consisted of just four simple ingredients but the execution of the delivery to craft an eye-catching plate that boasted tasty notes of smokey bacon, fresh seasoned asparagus and creamy poached egg.
The tarragon hollandaise sauce was light, fluffy, and subtle enough to not overpower the more key components of the dish but also perfectly partner every bite that we took. A great classy starter done perfectly.
Mains Rating: 4/5
Mains: Roasted rump of lamb, redcurrant jus, potato rosti, sauteed spring greens £24.00 (GF)
With lambing season having recently just ended, the Three Crowns’ stock of fresh local lamb made this a main course that oozed flavour with every mouthful as the perfectly-cooked roasted rump takes the shining role on the venues expansive menu selection of brilliant dishes.
Lamb is easy to get wrong with many attempts in most households overcooked or bordering on dry, but the Three Crowns’ were able to produce a piece of meat that was pink, juicy, and artistically presented.
The well-sized, crispy potato rosti was more than just a platform for the lamb to sit on, it was the carby accompaniment that this meal needed. The potato combined with every part of the dish whether it was the tangy redcurrant jus or the smudged carrot and bed of fresh spring greens that cut pleasantly through some of the stronger flavours of the dish.
The portion size of rich lamb was well-balanced but additionally filled me up comfortably and feeling that there was just enough space left for pudding.
BBQ brisket burger, chili Monterrey Jack cheese and Halloumi (GF)
Brisket-styled burgers have become ever more popular on pub menus as the influential American burger throws its hat into the ring, and whilst these are the perfect burger for bbq lovers, you are better off ordering a beef patty burger if you are looking for a more traditional burger experience.
With the added inclusion of halloumi, this was a massive burger for my partner to challenge, but she certainly gave it a good go! The burger itself was stuffed with juicy, brilliantly-seasoned, bbq-scented brisket that melted in the mouth and crumbled as you bit into it.
The bun whilst having to hold some saucy components held its own and didn’t buckle or become soggy under the weight of the burger allowing it to stay largely well-constructed as we progressed through our main courses. The chips and homemade fresh coleslaw were each enjoyable in their own right and were easily polished off alongside the burger.
Desserts Rating: 4/5
Dessert: Limoncello Posset, thyme shortbread £8.50 (GF)
This lemon posset not only had the benefit of cleansing the palette after a beautifully rich meal, but it was also sweet, creamy, and the ideal compliment to finish the evening with.
The presentation was simple and the two side biscuits were flaky and warm to the touch. The pot may not look large however trust us after two previous courses it is the perfect amount to round off our excellent meal at the Three Crowns in Brinkworth.
Triple chocolate brownie, chocolate shard, berry compote, vanilla ice cream £9.00 (GF)
You can’t succeed in serving up a great pub desserts menu without including a decadent chocolate treat accompanied by ice cream.
Effort had clearly been put into this dish with regards to the presentation as soft crumbs speckled around the plate, however, the addition of a flower was perhaps not required.
The brownie was crunchy but not hard, and rich in velvety chocolate that made every sugary bite a well-deserved treat at the end of the week. Sharp berry compote added a fruity punch to the chocolate and ice cream combo making this a great choice to partner what was a truly wonderful evening of great food at the Three Crowns pub in Brinkworth.
Value For Money: 4/5
Overall Price: £96.50 for 3 courses
Coming in at just under £100 for an excellent high-end pub meal located in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside near Swindon, this is a competitive price compared to its market, considering the dishes included and the wonderful flavours demonstrated with each individual element of the meal.
If you’re booking a meal for a family of four and wanting to pay a little bit more for a brilliant three-course casual dining experience in an open, warming and traditional country pub then you could be expected to pay around £200, but it is easily worth it after such a delicious meal out.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Conclusion - ‘A simply wonderful meal at a brilliant country pub just a short drive from Swindon. The ideal setting for a couples date night out or a family gathering in the quaint village of Brinkworth. The food was outstanding. Every dish was a pleasure to devour and brilliantly created with presentation just as important as the mouth-watering flavours that each mouthful provided.’
Ryan Walker, Total Swindon.