1 Michelin Star Chefs: Simon Bonwick, chef patron, The Crown at Burchetts Green

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Simon Bonwick is chef patron at the one Michelin starred, The Crown at Burchetts Green in Berkshire.

Simon Bonwick has been cooking for thirty years, and opened his own gastropub, The Crown at Burchetts Green in 2013. The pub has since gone from strength to strength, featured in the Michelin Guide and the Top 50 Gastropubs.

The Crown at Burchetts Green

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Burchetts Green, Maidenhead SL6 6QZ

Telephone: 01628 824079

Restaurant manager: Dean Bonwick

Website: www.thecrownburchettsgreen.com

Twitter:
@Crownburchetts

Biography

Simon Bonwick grew up in Croydon, living with his five sisters and single father. When Simon fell ill with mumps, his dad cooked him a stew and dumplings from a Delia cookbook, and feeling rejuvenated from the meal, Simon’s passion for food and cooking was sparked.

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At the age of 14, he moved to Lincolnshire and began working at The Bridge Hotel, under chef David Rollow, formerly of The Connaught. He left school and began his career in the kitchen.

Simon then moved to London, and worked at The Connaught himself. He worked in several Michelin-starred kitchens and luxury hotels throughout the nineties, before moving in to pubs. He made a name for himself at Black Boys Inn in Hurley, mentioned in the Good Food Guide 2007 and awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Simon then moved to The Three Tuns in Henley, which gained him another mention in the Good Food Guide 2011. Simon then spent two years working in private service for two different families, and began saving money to buy The Crown at Burchetts Green.

The Crown at Burchetts Green

Simon bought the freehold of The Crown at Burchetts Green in the autumn of 2013. Entirely family-run, Simon, his wife and their nine children all help out where needed.

What the guides say

Michelin Guide

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Good Food Guide

GFG 2018

GFG score 2018

AA Restaurant Guide

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Simon is the only chef, but his son Charlie is working in the kitchen as an apprentice, and his son Dean runs front of house, and has previously worked at three Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn, Bray and Tom Kerridge’s The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.

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The two dining rooms at The Crown are a more formal setting, but the small bar area is more relaxed, and a favourite with local drinkers. The Crown first appeared on the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list in 2016, and this year, it was listed at number 11.

The gastropub was first awarded a star in the Michelin Guide 2017 and it has retained the accolade to this day.

Food Style

Classically trained, Simon’s food style takes a lot of inspiration from French techniques. He told The Staff Canteen in an interview in 2017: “I cook what I like to eat myself and I treat the ingredients I use with a huge amount of respect. It’s all about flavour and we’re a pub so we want people to be full. They get a nice plate of food and we always offer second helpings.”

Whilst Simon does not list the menu on The Crown’s website, there are seasonal dishes that make a regular appearance, such as his Norfolk crab with citrus, cashew nuts and apple, and bouef á la ficelle (beef on a string).

Videos with Simon Bonwick:

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Editor 27th September 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Simon Bonwick, chef patron, The Crown at Burchetts Green