The Nags Head Inn

Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
+44 (0)1442 833322

Dark beams and inglenook blend with modern oak. Attentive staff, great food and traditional, comfortable bedrooms... walkers love it here


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This was Roald Dahl’s local, and if he walked in now he’d still feel at home – there’s a cosy, authentic feel with a large Inglenook fireplace, a proper public bar and dining tables at either end lit by casement windows. Service is welcoming, efficient and polite, food is presided over by Czech head chef and the wine list has an excellent range of ‘by the glass’ thanks to the Coravin system. The bar is well supplied with a changing array of local beers including those from the nearby Malt Brewery in Prestwood.

Settle in for modern British dishes based on locally sourced produce and seafood from British waters, occasionally with a nod in the direction of robust central European influences. At the back is a big garden with plenty of trees, picnic tables with umbrellas and views of the rolling Chilterns – there’s a huge tipi and an outdoor bar for rainy days.

Cosy bedrooms, all en suite, are heavily beamed and have good linen.

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We think you'll love

  • Eating in the pretty tipi - it's well-heated when it's nippy
  • Long walks through the beautiful Chilterns followed by a delicious supper and a comfy room upstairs
  • An afternoon of tennis or clay pigeon shooting arranged by the Nag's Head team
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You should know

  • It's an old building with the inevitable bumps and scrapes
  • Not disabled friendly
  • Dogs welcome in the bar but not allowed in the bedrooms


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10.30am
Lunch & dinner from £10.95. Sunday lunch, 3 courses, £23.95.


Nightly price
from £95
Dinner, B&B £95-£135 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £25-£35 per person per night.
6 Doubles
From £95



An inn where you immediately feel at home. I liked the comfortable informality and the staff's 'can-do' attitude. A good mixture of locals and visitors in the bar plus dogs. The food offering is spot on for this setting. Not too fussy, not too lumpen; satisfying dishes to enjoy with company and a drinks offering to match. The rooms are comfortable and well-equipped. An ideal weekend retreat.

Philip, Sawday's Inspector

Always nice to stay in a place with history, you can feel it all around - especially in your head through the low beams :-) worth it though. Room had everything we wanted. Food was excellent, although dairy free options very limited - chef had to cook specially but shows how much butter is in food to make it taste good. Welcoming staff despite being busy on a Friday. Worth booking for dinner.


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The neighbourhood

Head off for superb walking and cycling in the hills around you. Play tennis at the Great Missenden Tennis Club next door, take a tour of the Malt Brewery in Prestwood (2 miles). The Roald Dahl museum is one mile away and will be fascinating for fans. Great Missenden high street has a good range of shops and cafés. Buckmoorend Farm Shop abutting Chequers Estate offers farm-grown and Chiltern produce.

Local points of interest from Adam Michaels

  • Being in centre of where Roald Dahl lived, you can visit Gypsy House where he wrote many of his famous world renowned childrens books. There is also the Roald Museum only a 10 minute walk away.
  • The Nags Head is situated amongst the beautiful Chiltern Hills. Take a stroll anywhere nearby and you'll see why it's one of the most important conservation areas in country.
  • An ideal place to stay for nearby clay-pigeon or game shooting.
  • National Trust sites within driving distance, not to mention Windsor Castle. Close-by are also; Hughenden Manor, Cliveden House, Waddesdon Manor.
  • A plethora of Micro Breweries, the most local being Malt the brewery in Prestwood.
  • Bekonscot Model Village - one for the family for that everyone can enjoy


Adam Michaels

Adam is the owner and manager of The Nags Head. His dad Alvin bought this Inn in 2007 and still runs his original venture the Bricklayers Arms at Flaunden. Adam has an excellent team of well-trained young people to look after you.