The Jolly Cricketers
“Top notch food in a homely setting” - AA Inspector
SEER GREEN, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
This 19th-century, wisteria-clad free house in the heart of the picture-perfect Seer Green appeals to all-comers: locals chatting over pints of Marlow's Rebellion IPA, quiz addicts on Sunday nights, live music fans, beer festival-goers and dog-walkers. Bar snacks might include half a pint of prawns; Scotch egg or a sausage roll with piccalilli; while the modern, AA-Rosette menu could include local pigeon, sausage and smoked bacon terrine; or Wye Valley kipper fillet, potato farl, hen's egg and crème fraîche. Follow with slow-roast shoulder of lamb, white wine, root vegetables, butter beans; or grilled fillet of halibut, rösti, spinach, chorizo and lemon butter. For dessert, maybe treacle tart and clotted cream. Five real ales include two weekly guests, and beer festivals are held on Easter weekend and the Summer Bank Holiday in August.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- 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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