Charming rural pub with excellent Anglo-French cooking
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
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. In summer, relax under the pergola 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.