The Hand & Flowers
“Pub food reimagined” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Tom Kerridge’s motivation has always been to create food that people want to eat, rather than messing about with baffling peculiarities they feel they ought to try. The nerve-centre of his empire remains the whitewashed country pub with its hanging baskets, where an atmosphere of friendly enthusiasm prevails amid the bare tables and half-boarded walls. Keen to emphasise a passion for produce that’s been ‘selected with care and prepared with love and respect’ the menu might offer Cornish ‘Tin Mine’ tart with spiced date sauce, soft cheddar and crispy beef, or glazed omelette of smoked haddock and parmesan. Mains might include 30-day dry aged fillet of beef with potato buttermilk waffle, or malt roasted pork tenderloin and cheek with cod’s roe. The strawberry and salted biscuit soufflé with crème fraîche ice cream is a lighter option, or try the signature chocolate and ale cake with Pedro Ximenez and Rebellion beer ice cream.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 54
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Closed: 24–26 December
- Wines under £30: 10
- Wines over £30: 150
- Wines by the glass: 35
- Cuisine style: French. British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
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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