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The Sir Charles Napier

Sprigg's Alley, CHINNOR, OX39 4BX

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A ittle to the southwest of Chinnor proper, is Julie Griffiths' consummately professional and appealing village inn, where a vine-shrouded summer terrace overlooking the herbaceous borders and the herb gardens, with the Chiltern Hills and the beech woods beyond. Any tendency to twee is firmly resisted, with exposed brick walls, bare floors and modern furniture, not to mention characterful modern sculptures here and there. But the place is supremely comfortable too, testament to the four decades and more of the proprietor's residence. As is only to be hoped, the cooking in such a setting is informed by seasonal local materials, with foraged wild garlic and nettles, as well as woodland mushrooms, playing their respective parts in spring and autumn. Chris Godfrey's cooking celebrates the cycles of the year with offerings such as citrus-dressed lobster salad with asparagus in spring, or crab ravioli with pickled vegetables in bisque, perhaps followed by rack and pressed shoulder of local lamb with shallot and garlic purée and broad bean salsa verde, in summer. The seven-course tasting menu makes ample gastronomic sense, and there are more straightforward two-course fixed-price deals that might offer beetroot-cured salmon with horseradish cream, before confit duck with flageolet bean cassoulet and cavolo nero. If it's still summer by the time you reach dessert, go for strawberry and cucumber salad with Pimm's sorbet. Otherwise, there may be an admirably gooey terrine of chocolate, peanut and salted caramel.

Further information

Tel: 01494 483011
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Mon
Dates closed: 25-27 Dec
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British, European
Chef: Anthony Skeats
Number of seats: 75
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £17.50
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £21.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Sir Charles Napier, Chinnor


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M40 junct 6, B4009 to Chinnor. Right at rdbt to Sprigg's Alley
Nearest station: Princes Risborough

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