The wooded hills of the Chilterns, criss-crossed by bridleways and footpaths, form a constant horizon drifting above the rural location of this attractive old building. Just a stone’s throw away is the remarkable Maharaja’s Well at nearby Stoke Row, a bracing circular ramble from the inn. Bare brick and beams predominate in the airy interior, interspersed by alcoves and warmed by log-burning stoves in this much updated 16th-century inn, where contented regulars sup beers supplied from the nearby Loddon brewery. The menu is eclectic and strong on locally sourced raw materials. The speciality here is pies; chicken and mushroom bacon pie or game pie may tempt as a follow-up to a starter of crispy calamari with lime, chilli and coriander. Alternatively a bracing walk is well-rewarded with grilled sea bass, brown shrimps, market vegetables and saffron potatoes and herb butter, whilst the steaks are from the Royal Windsor Estate. A peaceful rear garden and suntrap terrace aid laid-back summer drinking.