Crockers Tring: Why go to London when local food is this good?
This month, we were invited to the Secret Bar and Dining Room launch of Crockers Tring, the new home of Masterchef: The Professional’s star Scott Barnard and Head Chef Jane Collins. With true five-star food in a relaxed atmosphere, it begs the question: why go to London when local restaurants are this good?
Crockers have built a strong reputation with their unique Chef’s Table, where Scott and his team prepare an incredible, 8-course meal, paired with wines, in front of your eyes. However, it’s now possible to enjoy the food in a more traditional setting, with the launch of their more casual Dining Room and Secret Bar.
The Dining Room is comfortable and gently lit, with enough tables to feel lively but not claustrophobic. It’s the ideal setting for a five-star meal, and that’s exactly what was served by Head Chef Jane Collins. Crockers boasts a mind-bogglingly varied menu, from perfectly prepared classics with a twist, like Lamb carpaccio with Sussex Slipcote and babaganoush; to unique dishes you’ll have never tried anywhere else, like a Jackfruit, tomato salsa and chipotle ketchup taco (the latter of which were so good, we even asked for more.) There’s even a whole separate vegan menu, featuring a chocolate mousse so creamy, you’ll never even know it was dairy-free.
As for the Secret Bar, there’s a real emphasis on the ‘secret’, because I truly didn’t notice the entrance until I was shown it by the incredibly friendly bar staff. Behind a false wall, a short staircase leads down to an intimate and warm bar space, with a full-length bar for ordering up and plenty of comfy chairs to relax in with a drink.
Instead of going out for four average, £20 meals in a month, it’s becoming popular for people to save all that money and spend it on one amazing culinary experience. Whether that means getting a booking sorted for the Chef’s Table, or eating in the Dining Room and getting a drink in the Secret Bar, I’d definitely recommend it. And, with small plate prices in the Dining Room starting at £6, there’s truly no reason to go anywhere else. Whatever you choose, if it means you can spend one evening at Crockers, then it’s worth it – a truly unmissable experience.
The Secret Bar at Crockers Tring is open from 12-5pm and 6-11.30pm, and The Dining Room is open Wednesday – Saturday from 12-3pm and 6-10pm. Booking in advance is not essential but recommended to avoid disappointment. For the Chef’s Table, booking in advance is recommended. Seats are released on the first day of each month and can be reserved three months in advance.