The Crown is a handsome independent pub with dining rooms on Chiswick High Road. We serve beers from independent breweries, good wines, and a Mediterranean menu overseen by chef-restaurateur and local hero Henry Harris. We have a covered courtyard garden and subtle clues to the pub’s previous life as a police station.
On 4 September 1911, two men took off with a lobster each from the neighbourhood fishmongers. The pair, possibly drunk, were quickly apprehended and taken to Chiswick Police Station. There, one of the thieves challenged a constable to a fight, and floored him with a right hook, while the other took advantage of the confusion to try to escape.
Not every day was quite so eventful at the stucco-fronted police station on Chiswick High Road. In its first few decades, the bobbies brought in servants stealing linen from their employers, cyclists riding without headlights, coachmen “being drunk and furiously driving”, as well as the occasional mad dog which had to be put down in the courtyard, where the Black Marias used to park up. The old station finally shut shop in 1970 to move across the high road.
In 2019, The Crown opened its doors, providing a new lease of life to this Victorian building with its stables, courtyard and four jail cells, while giving a whole new meaning to being detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure.