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

Wine Lovers Afternoon Tea

At Frithsden Vineyard

Wine Tastings alongside afternoon tea.

Frithsden Vineyard, Hemel Hempstead
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th February
All day

Cheese and wine

At Frithsden Vineyard

Pairing of 5 cheeses with 5 wines followed by chicken cassoulet, salad and breads. Seasonal crumble.

Frithsden Vineyard, Hemel Hempstead
Thursday 22nd February
£30 per person.

Wine tasting

At 2 Pound Street

2 wine tasting events at 2 Pound Street.

No.2 Pound Street, Wendover
25th January and 7th February
6pm / 7:30pm
Free / £10

Winery tour

At Daws Hill Vineyard

Our tour will take you around our rustic converted winery and through the wine making process. (It is far too cold and wet to stand in a field looking at sticks (the vines). And conclude with a tasting of our current vintages and various ciders.

Daws Hill Vineyard, Radnage
Saturday 20th January and Sunday 18th February

Country Ramble and Pub Lunch

Swyncombe Snowdrops

This walk will take you to see the wonderful display of snowdrops and aconites at St Botolph’s Church in Swyncombe and experience the exhilarating views over Oxfordshire from the old hillfort on Swyncombe Downs. The walk will be around 5.5 miles with a total ascent of around 200m. Some sections of the paths and tracks will be muddy. Dogs are welcome as long as they are under control. Lunch will be at The Shepherds Hut, High St, Ewelme, Wallingford OX10 6HQ

Ewelme Recreation Ground car park, High Street, Ewelme OX10 6PG
Thursday 15th February
9:45 for a 10am start
£15 members £17.50 nonmembers

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

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.

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

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

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

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