Kiln Lane, WOOBURN COMMON, Beaconsfield, HP10 0JQ
The atmosphere of much of this 17th-century coaching inn is still firmly of the past, especially in the open-fired bar, where the hand-tooled oak beams and posts, and timeworn flagstone and wooden floors shrug off the passage of time. Contrast then the 21st-century chic lounge, with leather sofas and chairs, low tables and greenery while outside, sheltering the patio and flowery garden, stands a magnificent old oak tree. Beers are from Marlow's Rebellion and the St Austell breweries, and 14 wines are by the glass. The two-AA Rosette restaurant menu features ever-changing dishes such as calves' liver with olive oil mash, bacon and green beans; coconut crusted cod with wilted spinach and chorizo butter sauce; and Stilton and red onion tart. Accommodation comprises 17 designer rooms.