The Crown and Crossed Swords dining in – review

The Crown and Crossed Swords dining in – review

31st October 2021 0 By Rachael Stray

With a rare childfree day we decided to treat ourselves to an early tea and dine in at The Crown and Crossed Swords.

During lockdown we enjoyed a build your own burger takeaway from The Crown and Crossed Swords a few times which we thoroughly enjoyed so we were looking forward to finally dining in!

There’s a large free car park with ample parking just to the side of the pub which we took advantage of.

We hadn’t booked in advance so we popped in with our fingers crossed that they could squeeze us in and we were lucky they could.

The staff were really welcoming and we had a choice of a couple of tables.

We tucked ourselves away in the corner and perused the menu.

After a short wait our drinks orders were taken and once they arrived we made our food order.

There was an eclectic play list which we both enjoyed which added to the cosy ambiance of the restaurant area which is separate to the main drinking area of the pub.

On the day we visited it was a bit too damp to enjoy the beer garden which is to the rear and since the recent revamp, looks really fab with lots of seating, plants and twinkly lights.

Other diners were visibly enjoying their food too and a family were also made to feel really welcome so I would definitely feel comfortable taking Elsie to the Crown and Crossed Swords.

The menu is refreshed throughout the year but at the time of our visit (September 2021) this is the current offering.

They also offer a children’s menu which costs £7.95 and includes a soft drink and an ice cream for dessert which is great value for money.

What did we order from the Crown and Crossed Swords?

It was quite difficult to decide what to order as there were so many delicious options!

Steve opted for the cheese burger (Sans cheese).

I plumped for the Cajun chicken burger.

Both burgers come with skin on fries which are really tasty.

The coleslaw was some of the tastiest I have ever enjoyed and I ate every single morsel of food on my plate.

My chicken was moist and the Cajun not too spicy.

Steve said his burger was meaty and cooked really well.

Both of our meals were absolutely delicious and the portion sizes were great.

The service was fantastic and friendly and the food was great at a fair price.

We will definitely return and would be happy to take Elsie there too.

Where is the Crown and Crossed Swords?

Crown and Crossed Swords,

Front Street,

Shotley Bridge,



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