Chilterns Food & Drink

The Chilterns is a living, working area of beautiful countryside whose character has been shaped by agriculture, industry and the people who have lived and worked here over the centuries. Once the larder of London, the historic market towns, tucked-away villages, pubs, farmland, chalk-fed streams and ancient woods all hint at the growing, trading and of course, enjoyment of good local food and drink. On this page, you will find local food & drink events happening at destinations across the Chilterns.

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Festival Events

Henley Club to Pub Swim

Entries now open!

The Henley Club to Pub Swim was launched in 2014 and has quickly become a popular sociable event that all levels of swimmer can enter, and an ideal introduction to open water swimming. Brakspear will again be brewing its commemorative beer, Two Bells, which will be given to all swimmers who complete the course, and hosting a party and barbecue for competitors and supporters at the Angel on the Bridge, the finish point for the swim. A swim in the Thames, a refreshing locally-brewed beer and a barbecue at a riverside pub are some of the high points of summertime in Henley and, as a company with long-established roots in the town, Brakespear are very happy to be making it possible for residents and visitors to enjoy them.

Saturday 22nd July 2017
19.00 start
Entry Fee: advance online entry £42.50; on-the-day entries if available £48.50

Taste of Wendover

Meet the local producers

A Taste of Wendover is a must for all who love food and drink! On Saturday 22nd July, food and drink producers from our region will be gathering on Wendover’s Manor Waste (market square) to show their wares. This historic Chilterns town has long been a market venue and popular meeting place with locals.  Come along and be part of a celebration of Great British food and drink created within our region.

Saturday 22nd July 2017
10am – 4pm

Dine Like a Roman

With Jill Eyers

Jill Eyers is always a popular speaker at St. Katharine’s; her extensive knowledge and engaging style bring her subjects to life and this time you won’t just be able to hear about and see Roman food, but you will taste it as well. Under instruction from Jill, our brilliant cook Jo Pearce will be preparing authentic Roman dishes. Sadly, we are unable to bring you edible dormice, but your starter will consist of lots of tapas type dishes and the main course will be a suckling pig but there will also be chicken, a bean casserole, salads and more. Your dessert will include lots of fruit, curd pies and a honey and black pepper tart. To book, please call Beth on 01494 881037 or send an email. 

St Katherine's Parmoor
Friday 30th June
£28 per person including the 3 course meal

Fit for a King!

Inside an historic gem of a pub

Beautiful beams and wooden floors bedeck the Farmers’ Bar which is offering once again, the evening menu now served from 5.00pm through to 9.00pm four evenings a week, is a great way to relax and enjoy our food with a superb ale. With choices from light bites, the grill, to classics, or just a sandwich.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
17.00 - 21.00

Thame Food Festival

Have we met?

The food festival that has put Thame on the map, and now has national notoriety being considered one of the Top 5 UK Food Festivals in the month of September – sitting alongside Abergavenny, Ludlow, Great Cornish and Aldeburgh. Visit the website for more details and information of stallholders and event programme.

The Thame show ground, OX9 3JL
30th September - 1st October
10.00 - 17.00

A Pop-Up Picture Premiere

at Cliveden

Within the famous walled spa garden in the grounds at Cliveden House, guests will be treated to Rick Stein's Sunset Cinema, and enjoy a suitably summery two-course menu of seafood dishes curated by Rick Stein whilst watching classics such as Grease, the Great Gatsby and Dr No amongst other titles. 

Cliveden, Taplow
21st June - 11th July

Fire and Feast

If you go down to the woods today

David Willis is a teacher of Bushcraft and Wilderness Living Skills. He can be found baking bread and rustling up tasty meals over a campfire, whittling spoons, foraging for edibles, walking in the woods and soaking up everything nature has to offer. David offers a number of outdoor experiences that combine food, cookery, foraging with an understanding and enjoyment that the Chilterns' outdoors can offer. 

Chalfont St Peter SL9 8TP
Check the website

Milling and a Museum

Milling demonstrations at Redbournbury Mill

This historic watermill is a working mill producing a range of stoneground organic flours principally from locally grown grains. Situated in idyllic rural surroundings with water meadows to the north and south on the river Ver, that can be enjoyed on the signed walks around the mill. Buy your flour flour for your home baking from the mill and from the bakery. No booking required.

Redbournbury Mill AL3 6RS
Weekends throughout the year
Saturday from 9 - 1pm Sunday from 2.30 - 5pm

Daws Hill Vineyard - Winery tour and Tasting

Hand-crafted Chilterns' wines

Daws Hill Vineyard (near West Wycombe) is a small Chilterns vineyard and winery in a stunning setting in the Radnage Valley. We are proud to grow and produce everything on site; from hand pruning each vine to hand picking the grapes, small batch fermenting and bottling to labelling by hand. Each bottle is aged for a minimum of 3 years in our converted stables. 

Radnage HP14 4DY
Dates throughout the month

Farmers' Markets

Chesham local produce market

This popular local produce market runs on the fourth Saturday of every month and sell high quality food, drink and crafts within a ten mile radius of Chesham market town. Highly recommended as a good source of local Chilterns produce, this markets attracts customers who appreciate the high quality and good choice of local produce on offer. No booking required.

Chesham HP5 1SD
The fourth Saturday of every month
10am - 1pm

Hitchin Farmers Market

Hitchin's Craft and Farmers Market

This lovely market has more than 30 stalls offering locally-produced meat, poultry and handmade delights, all made or produced within a 30-mile radius of Hitchin. The market runs alongside the general market which is held by the side of St Mary’s Church.

Hitchin SG5 1DN
Fourth Saturday of the month
09.00 - 15.30

Beaconsfield Farmers Market

Celebrating 15 years of Chilterns' food

Beaconsfield Farmers Market is open on the 4th Saturday of the month from 09:00am - 12:30pm. You can select all the ingredients for a traditional tasty Sunday lunch or spring picnic at the market, celebrating it's 15th year on the 25th of March so expect some special events to mark the occasion. No booking required.

HP9 2JJ Beaconsfield
Fourth Saturday of the month
09.00 - 12.30

Waddesdon Wine Cellars

Discover the history of Rothschild wine

Have the history of Rothschild wine brought to life in a free 20 minute talk on the fascinating history of the Rothschilds and their wine; a family that has left a legacy on the Chilterns landscape. Talks are conducted by expert house guides, who will take you on a journey through the history of over 15,000 bottles of historic wines in the cellars, dating back to 1868. No booking required. 

Waddesdon Manor
Wed - Sundays, Bank Holidays
11.30am and 2pm
Free with a ground pass

A World of Chocolate

Around the world chocolate tasting

If you thought all chocolate tastes the same, think again! Auberge du Chocolat is a unique artisan family business with a passion for chocolate, ice cream and fudge. The hand made products are created with love and passion that is shared with their customers. Join a free chocolate-eating workshop before embarking on a chocolate tasting adventure. No booking required.

Chesham HP5 1SD
Dates throughout the year
Between between 9am & 5pm

Malt The Brewery

MALT tours & tasting

A Micro-Brewery at the heart of the Chilterns in Prestwood, Great Missenden. These tasting tours offer the opportunity to get closer to the natural ingredients and traditional processes that go into making your pint of real ale. Choose from these three tours;

Taste MALT: enjoy 3 x ½ pints complete with tasting notes

Explore MALT: meet your host at the tasting station

Tour MALT: a hosted brewery tour and tasting. To book please call the brewery on 01494 865063 or email the organiser below.

Great Missenden HP16 0HW
Dates throughout the year

The Chiltern Brewery

Brewery Tours & Tasting

Founded in 1980 by Richard and Lesley Jenkinson, George and Tom, brothers and current directors of the family run brewery, remain the oldest independent brewery in the Chiltern Hills and Buckinghamshire. This brewery tour and tasting will give you a fascinating insight into the art of craft brewing, followed by a tutored beer and food tasting session with a delicious selection of locally made chandlery.

Chiltern Brewery
Friday's and Saturday's throughout the year
14.00 - 15.00

By Appointment to The Queen

Old Luxters is home to 'Chiltern Valley Wines'

The popular two-hour ‘behind the scenes’ tour around our Winery, Brewery and Liqueur production facilities demonstrates a fun and extensive learning experience that includes a full explanation of the grape pressing machinery that is used during the harvest. The bottling, labeling and capsulation machinery can also be seen, and last but no means least the tour is completed with a tutored 30-40 minute tasting of a generous selection of our wines, ales & liqueurs. 

Henley-on-Thames RG9 6JW
Tours take place every day
1100-1300 & 1500-1700

The Spirit of the Outdoors

Puddingstone Distillery evening tour

Pitching camp on the boundary between classic and contemporary gins, Campfire Gin is produced in small batches using ten carefully selected botanicals. You can enjoy this new Chilterns flavour when you book a two-hour event at the distillery which includes two drinks from the gin menu, a talk about the distillery and the distilling process plus a chance to ask questions and socialise. To book please call the distillery on 01442 502033 or email the organiser below.

Willstone HP23 4NT
Thursday's throughout the year
8 - 10pm
£15 per person, payable at time of booking

Rebellion Brewery

It's all about being local

The Rebellion brewery tour nights and tastings are a great relaxed, informal way to come and visit the brewery and try all our beers and wines, whilst listening to a brewery talk or trying our great BBQ.

Marlow SL7 3LT
Saturday's throughout the year

Harrow & Hope

A labour of love

This is the story of a small family with a belief that with hard work and good fortune, the flinty soils of the Chiltern slopes above Marlow would yield a sparkling wine to rival the worlds greatest. Join a vineyard tour and tasting to see for yourself what the soil and toil have yielded. 

Dates throughout the year
10am - 12 noon.
£10 redeemable against wine purchased

Wendover Produce Market

Weekly Royal Charter Market

Since 1464 (with only a brief pause of 100 years) Wendover has had a Royal Charter enabling a weekly market that is held on the third Saturday of the month on the Manor Waste; so called as it was once the traditional resting-place for sheep on their way to or from Aylesbury Market. Make a day of your visit and enjoy the beautiful village and its surrounding Chilterns countryside - select your picnic lunch and head for the hills!

Third Saturday of the month
9am - 1pm

Interactive Map of the Chilterns

Interactive map featuring a host of things to do and places to visit

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