There’s nothing quite like a wholesome pub lunch or dinner and we reckon that our gastro pubs’ grub is the best in the country.
Whether you’re in the frosty depths of Winter looking for a safe refuge, or if you’re simply looking to take a load off during a day’s hiking, these gastro pubs all serve some of the best local ales as well as offering classy yet down-to-earth food that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The Hand and Flowers
Opened in 2005 by renowned chef Tom Kerridge, this was the first pub to be awarded two Michelin stars and the team here has continued to build on this reputation with an approachable (yet pricey) menu of carefully refined pub classics. Despite the plaudits and acclaim, The Hand and Flowers is first and foremost a pub in the most traditional of moulds. During the summer you’re more than welcome to drop in for a pint and there’s even a Set Lunch on offer for those wishing to get a more affordable taste of the Michelin-star standard on offer.
The Jolly Cricketers
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One of the most celebrated pubs in the Chilterns – The Jolly Cricketers is a real treat for any lover of the game itself or a just a well poured pint. The food (served Monday to Sunday) is of a high standard but the prices are notably affordable. Awarded the Bib Gourmand in 2012, the Michelin inspectors singled out The Jolly Cricketers as a favourite noting it as ‘offering good food at moderate prices’.
The Sir Charles Napier
Named after the distinguished British officer of the same name (you would have seen a statue of him if you’ve visited London’s Trafalgar Square) this gastro pub is known for its quirky use of sculpture and wonderfully landscaped garden. Although you might have a bit of difficulty finding this charming spot, armed with a top of the range satnav you should be able to stumble across it alright.
The Crown Inn
Dating back to the 17th Century, The Crown Inn encapsulates everything that you’d expect from a traditional English pub. Hand-carved wooden beams, roaring fireplaces and excellent ales all contribute to the spirit of old world charm that is at it’s strongest during the Autumn months. Stop by for food and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by both the value and the quality on offer. Mains start at around £12 whilst a pint of the excellent Rebbelion Beer Co. ale will only set you back around £4.
The Alford Arms
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One thing you can expect from a visit to The Alford Arms is an abundance of smiling faces, along with some truly excellent pub grub. The food here aims to comfort you whilst surprising you at the same time, that’s why you’ll find such varied items on the menus as Salt and Szechuan pepper squid sitting next to a char-grilled thyme and garlic pork chop. Prices are very reasonable, considering the quality of service on offer and you can guarantee a great pint in a a stunning location as well.