Exlade Street, CHECKENDON, RG8 0UA
The wooded hills of the Chilterns, criss-crossed by bridleways and footpaths, form a constant horizon drifting above the rural location of this attractive old building. Just a stone's throw away is the remarkable Maharaja's Well at nearby Stoke Row, a bracing circular ramble from the inn. Bare brick and beams predominate in the airy interior, interspersed by alcoves and warmed by log-burning stoves in this much updated 16th-century inn, where contented regulars sup beers supplied from the nearby Loddon brewery. The menu is eclectic and strong on locally sourced raw materials. The speciality here is pies; chicken and mushroom bacon pie or game pie may tempt as a follow-up to a cod and crab fishcake starter. Alternatively a bracing walk is well-rewarded with grilled sea bass, greens, croquette potato and brown shrimps, whilst the steaks are from the Royal Windsor Estate. A peaceful rear garden and suntrap terrace aid laid-back summer drinking.
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Fuller's London Pride, Loddon Hoppit, Rebellion, guest ale
12-3 6-11 (Sun 12-6)
25 Dec, Mon
Coach parties catered.