The Ivy House
“Pub classics in 18th-century coaching inn” - AA Inspector
CHALFONT ST GILES, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
This flint-and-brick pub in the heart of the Chiltern Vale is more than 250 years old and has retained plenty of period features. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it’s a popular venue for walkers and for those heading to London, which is only 40 minutes away. As well as a range of Fuller’s ales on tap, the restaurant serves pub favourites like burgers, steaks, pies and Thai-style fishcakes.
- Open all year
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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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