Famous children’s author and long-term local resident Roald Dahl was a regular here, which is why you’ll find many of his limited-edition prints in the dining room (his award-winning museum is in the village). And over the years many a prime minister, especially Sir Harold Wilson, has called in here en route to Chequers, the premier’s official country house retreat not far away. Originally three late 15th-century cottages, whose inhabitants were known as ‘bodgers’, the Chilterns word for chairmakers in the surrounding beech woods; over time the properties became a popular coaching inn on the London road, which follows the Misbourne Valley. The owning Michaels family have restored it, just as they have their sister pub, the Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden, over the county border in Hertfordshire. Low oak beams and an inglenook fireplace set the scene for the bar and its real ales from local breweries in perhaps Brill, Prestwood or Tring. The Anglo-French fusion menu abounds with interesting dishes, typical starters being braised chicory and caraway tarte Tatin with warm goats’ cheese and honey drizzle; and fresh Cornish white crab and home-smoked salmon with chive cream and blinis. Main courses might be halibut fillet meunière with smoked swordfish shavings, and beetroot and pea beurre blanc; and rump and shredded shoulder of lamb with carrot purée and toasted sunflower seed jus. For dessert look for dandelion and burdock sticky toffee pudding with date mascarpone; or lemon tart with Cassis sorbet. In summer, relax over a drink or a meal in the lovely garden and gaze out towards the hills. Maybe stay overnight in one of the five beautiful bedrooms.