Local Football Star Scores With National Pub Award
Little Missenden’s Crown Inn is named Britain’s ‘Best Country Pub’
The bible of Britain’s drinking houses, The Good Pub Guide, has named the Crown Inn in Little Missenden ‘Best Country Pub’ in its 2019 edition.
With wife Carolyn, the former professional footballer, Trevor How, took over the Crown from his parents in 1993.
Winning the ‘Best Country Pub’ title is a huge accolade for his family but this landlord is no stranger to the limelight.
Trevor played under Graham Taylor during Watford’s glory days in the late 1970s (even joining the team singing backing vocals on an Elton John album) before going on to play for Wycombe Wanderers and Slough Town FC.
Trevor How said: “What I loved most about my playing days was being part of teams at family clubs and now our little team at the Crown has come out on top in the Good Pub Guide. It’s just terrific and we are so, so, thrilled.”
There’s been a pub on the same site for well over 250 years which has now been in Trevor’s family for almost a century – and he’s not its only sport star to have run the place.
Before Trevor and Carolyn took up residence, the Chilterns gem was run for almost 30 years by his parents Doreen and Ron. That was after Ron’s own prestigious sporting career – winning the speedway National League Championship 5 times and qualifying for the World Finals eight times.
Doreen How said: “It was hard work but we loved our time in the Crown and to think it’s now got a national award… well, I’ll tell you what – my Ron would be tickled pink and so proud of what Trevor and Carolyn have gone on to achieve.”
Carolyn How said: “It’s not a big place or a fancy place but I’ve always thought it’s rather special that members of the same family have served behind the bar for so many years. This award is just as much for them and we’ll be raising a glass, or two, to all them.”
The Crown Inn sits in one acre of beautiful countryside with a patio area at the back for lunch or a quiet drink. At the front there are benches for those who want to watch the world go by. While children are welcome to let off steam in the garden, inside you’ll find a traditional adults-only pub to savour: a brick cottage with red floor tiles and oak parquet, built-in wall seats, a few small tables and, in winter, an open fire.
It has a well-earned local reputation for keeping excellent beers and there’s farm cider, several malt whiskies – and Pimms in summer. In 2008, the stable block next to the pub was converted to three bed & breakfast rooms. Traditional pub lunches are served on weekdays and Saturdays.
Fiona Stapley, Editor of The Good Pub Guide said “The Crown in Little Missenden is the perfect little country pub. It’s run by long-serving licensees who genuinely care for both their pub and their customers – and it shows – and we get nothing but warm praise from our trustworthy readers who love the place. Up to four changing real ales and honest lunchtime-only food, spotlessly kept, friendly bars, an attractive sheltered garden and bedrooms in a converted barn; what more could you want?”