An 18th-century coaching inn within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the Hamble Brook flowing gently behind. In summer the garden is a relaxing place to be, perhaps after a ramble to the famous windmill on nearby Turville Hill. Winter warmth is guaranteed in the charming public bar where oak beams, bare floorboards and leather seating combine with colourful textiles to create a welcoming atmosphere. Where better to settle with a pint of Leaping Frog or Henry’s Original IPA? Alternatively 15 wines are sold by the glass, or push the boat out and share a sparkler from the Hambleden vineyard just down the road. Head chef and co-owner Jim Crowe uses superb ingredients in flavoursome dishes to satisfy the most discerning of palates. The menu offers deli boards and perhaps a starter of crisp fried south coast squid; or haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by fillet of pork Wellington; pie of the day; or slow-braised oxtail.
Closed: 25 December
Days closed: Monday (January and February), Sunday evening (October to April)