The Nags Head Inn

Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
+44 (0)1494 862200

Dark beams and inglenook blend with modern oak. Attentive staff, great food, broad range of booze, good bedrooms... walkers love it here


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This was Roald Dahl’s local – it features in Fantastic Mr Fox, half a mile out of Great Missenden. It’s a beautiful old building built of red brick and flint under bright red pantiles, framed by the rolling hills of the Chilterns. At the back is a vast garden with plenty of trees under which to dream and picnic tables with umbrellas. Inside, a classic refurbishment from owner Alvin Michaels of the award-winning Bricklayers Arms, with food to match: the beloved 15th-century boozer has become a great dining pub. Now low dark beams and big inglenook blend with modern oak and lemon hues, there are salt and pepper mills on shining tables and boxed shelves guarding armagnacs. The food is faultless: try pan fried wood pigeon breast with black pudding and a dry sherry jus, or slow cooked pork hock on a bed of sweet & sour cabbage. Drinks cover every aspect of the grape and globe, including London Pride, and young staff are attentive. Bedrooms above are equally good, their creams and whites complementing ancient timbers. There are ironing boards, toiletries and full-length mirrors, and the bed linen is gorgeous.


  • 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
Christmas, 25 December.
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



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

Local points of interest from Alvin 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