TURVILLE, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6QU
Built in 1550, Turville's village pub received its first licence in 1617 after workmen building the nearby church refused to continue without refreshments. Originally known as the 'Bullen Butcher' - a reference to Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn - the name was later adapted to its current form. Its picturesque setting in the Hambleden Valley a few miles outside Henley-on-Thames yields some beautiful vistas, including a windmill which appeared in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; many episodes of Midsomer Murders have been set here. You'll soon feel at home in the relaxed atmosphere of the Windmill Lounge or the Well Bar, where a 50-foot well discovered in 1999 now features as a table. Original beams and large open fires add to the pub's charm. There's also a large garden and patio area, as well as a function room well suited for family occasions - children and dogs are welcome. Reliable Brakspear and guest ales along with Symonds cider are the bar's major thirst quenchers; oenophiles will be delighted by the choice of wines sold by the glass, of which there are three dozen. When it comes to choosing from the menu of popular dishes, the kitchen prides itself on the seasonality and freshness of ingredients. A typical three-course choice could start with creamy garlic mushrooms; continue with treacle-baked ham with two eggs, thick-cut chips and minted peas; and finish with apple and berry crumble with custard. The children's menu embraces their favourites too, such as home-made chicken goujons or bangers and mash with gravy. Sunday lunches are popular: will it be roast beef and Yorkshire pudding? Slow roast pork loin with crackling? Try the wild boar and apple sausages with wholegrain mustard mash for a change.