Penny Post 750th newsletter prize quiz: the winner’s review of his trip to The Crown & Anchor in Ham In January 2023

We had a wonderful weekend stay at The Crown and Anchor in Ham, thanks to Ben Milroy at the venue and Penny Post, which organised the quiz which I was lucky enough to win.

We had been to the Crown and Anchor a few times to eat but never stayed over. The thought of having a room, dinner, bed and breakfast was incredibly appealing, especially against the backdrop of a relentlessly rainy and grey weekend in January .

We dropped our bags in a lovely stylish boutique room in the rafters above the bar. The room was spacious, quiet, atmospheric and extremely comfortable. We then headed to the bar for a pre-dinner drinks, enjoying aperitif cocktails snug and warm and by the fire – relaxing into the evening, getting into the mood and licking our lips over the menu and inspired by the aromas wafting from the kitchen.

Dinner in the restaurant did not disappoint – a fantastic three course meal, perfectly proportioned with interesting combinations, alongside a delicious wine (and a Negroni or two). The service from the team and atmosphere were both excellent.

Fully rested after a comfortable night’s sleep we enjoyed a generous and tasty breakfast which came with toasted home baked bread and endless coffee which was appreciated.

We hope to be back and can recommend a night away just up the road – it’s a proper break with very little travelling (for us in Kintbury, at any rate).

Thank you to Ben Milroy and the brilliant team, it was a perfect, shiny high spot in January: and, my word, everyone needs one of those. Thanks also to Penny Post for organising the prize quiz. We entered the next one as well but were unlucky that time round. You can’t win ’em all. We had a winner thins time, though – a five-star break.

Simon Smith

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