You'll come upon them suddenly down winding lanes, at an ancient crossroads, on village greens and in the centre of old market towns. Pubs are one of the great specialities of the Chilterns. They come in all guises. Gastro pubs with crisp white linen and gleaming glasses; pubs with walking boots in the porch, swings in the garden and dog biscuits on the bar. Pubs with intriguing nooks and crannies, famous histories or interesting associations, picturesque settings or wonderful views. They all share a love of good food, from the heart-warming home-made-soup-and-crumble variety to signature dishes of sophisticated chefs serving Chilterns sourced and inspired dishes.
Some of these pubs also offer B&B accommodation – the perfect base for a Chilterns country break.
The Crown Inn is a gastropub located in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside in the hamlet of Sydenham near Thame. Dating back to the 1600s, its old world charm is apparent in its hand-carved beams and welcoming fireplaces. Muddy Boots & dogs welcome! The regularly changing menu uses seasonal ingredients and features imaginative worldy dishes mixed with some good old fashioned British pub classics. Enjoy a drink at the front of the pub, with views of the sun setting behind the 12th century church, or head to the beer garden out back to relax on the patio overlooking the shaded lawn and the traditional Aunt Sally pub game.
The Red Lion is a delightful country pub which has been at the heart of the hamlet of Knotty Green since at least 1753. The pub was once the local for the children's author Enid Blyton, who lived nearby in a house called Green Hedges - sadly, now demolished. Today visitors can relax in the Red Lion's Enid Blyton Snuggery, a cosy room with a real fire, a gallery of original Noddy prints and a library of the author's books to browse, donated by the Enid Blyton Society.
The Royal Standard at Forty Green isn’t a basic English pub… it’s got more history and character than many combined! It’s always been a firm favourite, and you'll to be seated by the friendly waiting staff at a table next to the log fire, surrounded by the lovely buzz of families nattering away, all enjoying plates of hearty food.
The Valiant Trooper at Aldbury on the Ashridge Estate is rumoured to be where the Duke of Wellington once met his troops to discuss tactics. You might be lucky enough to catch a performance by local "men behaving badly with hankies, sticks, bells and baldrics" – the Aldbury Morris Men.
The Alford Arms at Frithsden, near Berkhamsted, is the recipient of the Hertfordshire Dining Pub of the Year Award (for the 9th time!) in the Good Pub Guide 2014. Online booking now available.
The Frog at Skirmett in the Hambleden valley, is equally popular with diners and staying visitors.
The Russell Arms at Butlers Cross near Wendover offers true Chilterns hospitality, locally-sourced food and reasonably-priced wines to match.Once a coaching house turned servant's quarters for those who served at nearby Chequers, the Prime-Ministerial country retreat, the pub continues to serve refreshments to the Prime Minister when he (or she), is in residence down the road.
The Five Horseshoes at Maidensgrove, near Henley, is the place for fine food and breathtaking views.
The Crooked Billet at Stoke Row near Henley-on-Thames is well known for cookery demonstrations, music nights and fine dining.
The Farmers’ Bar in the historic King’s Head in Market Square Aylesbury is the tap for the Chiltern Brewery. We sell their range of permanent and seasonal ales as well as having an extensive beer menu of guest and craft beers and ciders. We like to think of ourselves as a real ale pub of excellence and as putting the Ale into Aylesbury! Christmas lunches are being served from 28th November to 13th January from 11.30am onwards – please call to book on 01296 718812 (menu available on website). We have a new Winter Menu and we are also serving Food on Fridays from 5pm to 8pm.