Whilst staying at the Crazy Bear Hotel, it made sense to have dinner at their Thai Restaurant. Let me clarify from the beginning that there are no halal options here. I phoned a week in advance but as all their meat is from their farm in Stadhampton it wasn’t possible to source. Given the vast fish and vegetarian options I went ahead and booked a table for my husband and I.
The restaurant has got a great vibe and loosely follows the decor of the actual hotel. We ordered a variety of things:
Best Dish: Shanghai Hot and Sour Soup £8.95 . It was so good, even in warm weather. Really spicy and zingy…shame I had to share it with the husband!
Recommended: Vegetable Pad Thai £9.95 — This baby was wrapped inside an omelette..how cute, although I couldn’t eat the omelette – not sure I’m supposed to? Seemed a bit of a waste though. However it was a traditional Pad Thai cooked perfectly.
Avoid: Eggplant Penang Curry £12.95 — Half a cooked aubergine which looked like a steak covered in red curry sauce..we both looked at it and thought whattt?!! Who can eat half a humungous aubergine? Not me! We were expecting aubergine pieces in a curry and barely ate any of this. Eww.
Disappointing: Stir Fried Semi Dry Tiger Prawns £18.95 — Lots of prawns in an ok masala sauce but it was a dry dish and lacked any oomph. The prawns didn’t taste as fresh as they should have.
Drinks: A good choice of mocktails (£7.95) are available including a very substandard mango lassi. The Appleberry mocktail was a hit though, sweet and fizzy in a huge glass.
Service: Top notch, despite it being a busy Saturday night.
The food was very average for the price and I probably wouldn’t go again. Having said that, perhaps the meat options are better!
Halal Status: No halal meat available. Alcohol: Y. Pork:Y
Address: Old Town, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 1LX
Parking: Small carpark in front of the hotel. Nearest Train Station: Beaconsfield.
Cost: £££ Over £50 per person includes starter, main, side, a drink and service. Set Menu starts from £29.50 – £62.50 per person. Look out for Groupon offers.