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Crown Hotel Restaurant, Wells-next-the-Sea

The Buttlands
England NR23 1EX
Tel: 44 1328 710 209's insider take:

In this whitewashed 16th-century coach inn fronting a pretty fishing port, chef Chris and wife Jo Coubrough serve up good English grub with Pacific Rim and Mediterranean influences. Dining at the ocher-walled restaurant is pretty swank: Flash-fried squid, bacon, and black pudding—or a lamb-and-sweetbread terrine—might be followed by roasted breast of partridge with wild mushrooms on crushed potato, or steamed North Sea cod with ginger, lemongrass, and lime. In the adjoining black-beamed Crown Bar, things are much more casual: You can order great sandwiches or share a Crown Black Slate—a platter of mixed Asian and Euro appetizers (smoked-chicken salad, seafood spring rolls, goat cheese and rosemary brûlée) served on a slab of slate. Weekend reservations are essential for the restaurant. And by the way, "hotel" is no misnomer: There are 12 beautiful rustic-minimal rooms upstairs.

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