A good foodie pub on the Beds/Bucks/Herts borders. Although still a pub, this is primarily a place for serious eating!
Expect a Grade 11 listed building - partly dating from the 17th century - with old beams, crisp napery, candlelit during the evening, and open fires in darker months.
On the food front, their evening prices are based on that of the main course - so you're in for the full haul - likewise, Sunday lunch is a set affair. Whilst weekday lunches allow for full flexibility.
On the food front, the kitchen follow the seasons, basing their menus - as much as possible - on local produce, which is often given provenance. The local Aylesbury breed of duck (from Richard Waller q.v.) is a feature, and if you like duck, this is not to be missed in some form.
An autumn dinner menu listed 'Duck Rillettes, Pan-Fried Foie Gras, Orange & Hazelnut Salad with Horseradish'; 'Slow-Cooked Oxtail with Red Wine with Parma Ham, Cauliflower Purée with Crispy Onion Rings'; 'Sautéed Scottish Scallops with Braised Gem Lettuce with Crispy Bacon & Granny Smith Vinaigrette' and 'Fish Soup with Rouille & Croûtons' amongst the starters.
'Fillet of Buckinghamshire Beef with Sautéed Foir Gras, Confit of Potato, Creamed Savoy Cabbage and Carrot & Cumin Purée'; 'Fillet of Atlantic Cod with Mushroom Ravioli, Roasred Shallot, Steamed Courgette, Courgette Purée and Cep Sauce' and 'Roasted Aylesbury Duck with Calvados Apple Sauce, Sage & Onion Stuffing, Seasonal Vegetables & Red Cabbage' (min. 2 people) on the list of half-dozen, or so, mains.
Vegetarians have their own menu.
Desserts (note we don't call them puddings on this occasion) are of a high standard - as well as anzcvx old-fashioned trolley, dishes such as 'Crèpes Suzettes' and 'Hot Chocolate Fondant with Shortbread Biscuits' are on offer. Cheese lovers have a selection of British & French varieties to tempt them.
Lunch brings less ambitious dishes - again depending on the season - perhaps including 'Lamb Stew with Dumplings & Root Vegetables' and 'Pan-Fried Fillet of Sea Bass with Petits Pois à la Francaise & Buttered New Potatoes'.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.45; mains about £13 to £16; set L Sun £35.75 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.45; Set D about £35 to £50 (3 courses), Menu Prestige £55.50 (9 courses)
- Seats: 60
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at around the £20 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Cheddington or Tring Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes