TURVILLE, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6QU
Built in 1550, Turville's village pub nestles in the Hambledon Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty not far from Henley-on-Thames. Stunning countryside vistas include the windmill from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang perched on a steep ridge overlooking the village, and the 10th-century church that starred in The Vicar of Dibley and many episodes of Midsomer Murders. The pub was originally known as the 'Bullen Butcher', a reference to Henry VIII's treatment of his second wife Anne Boleyn. The Grade II listed building is divided in to two main areas: the Well Bar and the Windmill Lounge, both of which have large open fires, original beams and a relaxed atmosphere. Outside, a large sunny garden and patio areas are ideal for summertime refreshment; children and dogs are welcome. The Bull Room, with glass barn doors leading out to the lawn, offers a private dining and special occasion venue for larger groups. Handles for Brakspear and guest ales populate the bar, and a good selection of wines has something for every palate. High quality and locally sourced produce are the keynotes of the menus, mixing pub favourites with cosmopolitan flavours. A new and dedicated lunch menu offers a short selection of straightforward and well-priced choices: trio of sausages with wholegrain mustard mash, for example. At dinner time starters may include coquilles St Jacques; or duck and chestnut ravioli with Jerusalem artichoke sauce. Move on to pot-roasted chicken leg with wild mushroom mousse, hunter sauce, roasted kohlrabi and Parmentier potatoes; or ox cheeks in stout with horseradish mash, roasted vegetables and crispy shallot sprinkles. Finally dessert: apple and toffee crumble with custard, perhaps, or brioche bread and butter pudding with double cream. Live music, last Friday of the month.