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.