The Michelin Guide will lead you to some of the finest food in the country, whether it be a pub or a country house hotel. There are many other award-winning countryside pubs and inns in the Chilterns offering outstanding food in beautiful settings.
The Hand and Flowers at Marlow is truly outstanding: this is the first pub in Britain to earn the huge accolade of two Michelin Stars. The talented team has also won the AA Restaurant of the Year Award (England) for 2011/2012. The pub has rooms for visitors who won’t want to leave.
The Sir Charles Napier at Chinnor is hard on their heels. It was awarded a Michelin Star in 2012.
2012 also brought a Michelin Star for Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House, the country house hotel overlooking the Thames just outside Marlow.
The Jolly Cricketers at Seer Green won a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2012. The award (named after Bibendum the famous 'Michelin Man') singles this pub out as "an inspectors' favourite, offering good food at moderate prices".
The small Thames-side village of Bray near Marlow is known as 'the culinary village' for its exceptionally fine dining. "Culinary alchemist" Heston Blumenthal owns no fewer than three restaurants here: The Fat Duck with its three Michelin stars, The Crown, a 16th century inn with low beams and open fires and The Hinds Head, a Tudor building which retains its relaxing pub atmosphere. The rival Waterside Inn, also with three Michelin stars, is a French restaurant par excellence.
The village of Cookham near Marlow has many excellent restaurants and pubs. Just a stone's throw from the Thames, The Kings Arms in Cookham is a traditional village pub & restaurant with a big beer garden. The Crown is a country pub with rooms and The Ferry is an informal riverside pub and eating house.