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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Resourceful blend of old and new in a beautiful country inn

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. On a hill amid beech woods, this red-brick inn is surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens full of oversized sculptures. There's also a courtyard under a trellis for alfresco dining. The interior is instantly appealing, with a beamed bar, log fires, squishy sofas and unclothed wooden tables interspersed with distinctive modern sculptures. Relaxed, good-natured and discreet service ensures there's no hint of pretension. The kitchen turns out intelligently balanced dishes that team up familiar and often esoteric ingredients, so there's much to enjoy at every turn. Seared scallops with chicken wings are sauced with Asian broth and accompanied by pak choi, and might be followed by venison loin with a faggot, pearl barley, confit turnip and grue de cacao. Raw materials are of exceptional quality, and seasonality is to the fore: samphire is seen in summer accompanying sea trout along with beetroot, fennel and orange, while new season's lamb appears earlier in the year, served pink, with tomatoes, capers and a mint jus. Timings are spot on: roast ribs of beef are served rare, and stone bass is roasted to the second and served with linguine, mussels and samphire. Puddings end on a high note, among them perhaps coconut rice pudding with mango and lemongrass ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–27 December
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Gerd Greaves

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 59
  • Wines over £30: 192
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 45
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 45

Getting here

M40 junction 6, B4009 to Chinnor. Right at roundabout to Sprigg's Alley

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Princes Risborough
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