A proper pub makes me think of my Uncle. He wasn't a big drinker, but was a social butterfly, and everyone in his local pub knew him. I felt like I'd walked into his local when I popped into the Crown and Sceptre pub with a few friends recently, it was like my Uncle had been there and given it the thumbs up, which was a comfort seen as I am new to the city.
If you don't already know, I'm averse to pubs, I don't drink nor do I like the idea of lairy drunks talking or looking at me if I'm honest. The Crown and Sceptre certainly isn't a fancy pub by any stretch of the imagination, but is more of the upmarket kind I like; it is clean, airy, and bright (unlike a lot of them which seems dungeon-like to me).
In stark contrast to many pubs in smaller town, this one is is central London, so you can't get lost because there are train stations everywhere. The main pull is the beer according to my friends, but when we went in, all I could see was the menu, which was an impressive list of foods I like.
You can smell the food before the beer - a sign of a good venue - and when we walked in I spotted gargantuan burgers with enough sauce and relish to take home and not dent the amount given, makes it feel like you're making it yourself, and I love a hands-on approach.
After perusing the menu my friends and I were stuck. We hadn't anticipated squid, oyster mushrooms, or 21-day aged steak; it was great. We all settled for a main, forgoing the starters because the portions were what my friend called 'healthy' (big). I settled for the simple sweet potato chips and Southern fried chicken (£14.00) and a drink. It was delicious, and served in an oh-so-cool basket The portions are generous and the atmosphere is chilled, considering the location. The Crown and Sceptre attracts the easy going crowd who seek tasty food and a proper beer in the centre.
We visited during the daytime, but noted a funny note on the tables, clearly an advisory tone for the heavier drinkers.
For £20 a head, we enjoyed more than a decent meal in one of the largest capitals in the world. Next time you're in central, head to the Crown and Sceptre.