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The Sir Charles Napier

Sprigg's Alley, CHINNOR, OX39 4BX

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Just to mark your card, it was Sir Charles who, with colonial thoroughness, relieved the besieged Sindh province (in what is now Pakistan) on behalf of the British Empire in 1842. Julie Griffiths' inn, named after the Victorian general, is more noted for relieving the besieged appetites of residents of nearby Chinnor, and the many who come from further afield, with menus of vigorous modern British cooking, courtesy of head chef Anthony Skeats. The ambience is as neatly fused from old and new as is the cooking, stretches of exposed brickwork interspersed with artistically adorned walls, enveloping sofas, and tables outside under the trees in the beautifully kept gardens. Dishes throw the net wide for inspiration, subjecting scallops to a refreshing Spanish treatment with gazpacho, a smoky note from charred tomato and a sweeter one from red pepper purée. Endive marmalade and burnt onions provide the counterpointing notes to seared foie gras in another starter, and the next stop on the journey might be a main-course pairing of confit leg and yuzu-glazed breast of Goosnargh duck with cumined carrot, or a distinctly more French-sounding sea bass with haricots blancs, trompettes de mort mushrooms and violet artichokes in hazelnut vinaigrette. Exceptional rose veal comes with a sweetbread boudin, big morels and zesty gremolata. Sides might include an on-trend dish of buttered purple kale, while puddings up the stakes once more for parnsip and macadamia sponge with maple syrup and rosemary ice cream, or the shamelessly indulgent chocolate, salt caramel and peanut terrine with lime ice cream to bring it into focus. British and French cheeses are all top-drawer gear too. A superlative wine list, opening with imaginative selections by the glass, completes an accomplished picture.

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.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £16.50
2 Course dinner from: £16.50
Sunday lunch: £40.00-£50.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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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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