“Quality choices in both refreshment and food” - AA Inspector
An 18th-century coaching inn within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the Hamble Brook flowing gently behind. In summer the garden is a relaxing place to be, perhaps after a ramble to the famous windmill on nearby Turville Hill. Winter warmth is guaranteed in the charming public bar where oak beams, bare floorboards and leather seating combine with colourful textiles to create a welcoming atmosphere. Where better to settle with a pint of Leaping Frog or Henry’s Original IPA? Alternatively 15 wines are sold by the glass, or push the boat out and share a sparkler from the Hambleden vineyard just down the road. Head chef and co-owner Jim Crowe uses superb ingredients in flavoursome dishes to satisfy the most discerning of palates. The menu offers deli boards and perhaps a starter of crisp fried south coast squid; or haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by fillet of pork Wellington; pie of the day; or slow-braised oxtail.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Closed: 2
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Buckinghamshire is a land of glorious beech trees, wide views and imposing country houses. Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli savoured the peace and tranquillity of Hughenden Manor, while generations of statesmen have entertained world leaders at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat. Stowe and Waddesdon Manor are fine examples of even grander houses, set amid sumptuous gardens and dignified parkland.
The Vale of Aylesbury is a vast playground for leisure seekers with around 1,000 miles (1,609km) of paths and tracks to explore. Rising above it are the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 308sq miles (798sq km). They are best appreciated in autumn, when the leaves turn from dark green to deep brown. In the southeast corner of the Chilterns lie the woodland rides of Burnham Beeches, another haven for ramblers and wildlife lovers. Although the county’s history is long and eventful, it’s also associated with events within living memory. At Bletchley Park, more than 10,000 people worked in complete secrecy to try and bring a swift conclusion to World War II. Further south, an otherwise unremarkable stretch of railway line was made infamous by the Great Train Robbery in the summer of 1963.
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