We are very lucky in Bucks to have numerous fine dining options from gastro pubs to hotel restaurants to magical pop-ups. See what you might fancy trying here...
This luxury hotel and spa with views over the river Thames has a new Executive Chef. Massimo Principe hails from Italy and has big plans for the kitchen and his team. All menus, from the restaurant to bar to private dining, will be changing and produce will be sourced from more local farmers, growers and butchers. He's also reinventing the kitchen garden to grow their own produce for use in the bar, restaurant and spa, and guests will be able to visit it. Massimo plans to visit guests at their tables for an insightful introduction to the menu and you are sure to be charmed by his larger than life personality.
Marlow’s eclectic mix of eateries includes the much-loved Indian eatery Sindhu that offers stunning subtly spiced dishes inspired by acclaimed chef Atul Kochhar’s love of traditional Indian cuisine. Based along the river Thames, guests can enjoy views of the nearby weir whilst they are transported to South India. Also in Marlow, Atul Kochhar's Vassu has a menu that showcases North Indian cuisine, paying particular homage to Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan. Hawkyns by Atul Kochhar is situated in the picturesque town of Old Amersham at The Crown Inn where guests dine amidst the ambience created by incredible aromas and a menu that harmoniously intertwines British and Indian flavours.
This event has now ended...Experience a nine course tasting menu in a vintage Hot Air Balloon tethered in a spectacular garden setting this August. Ten bespoke hot air balloons, with vintage-style wicker dining baskets (each seating 4-6 guests) will be set amongst the apple trees and wildflowers in the ancient Orchard of the beautiful two-acre Walled Gardens on the private Wormsley Estate (near Stokenchurch). This incredible experience will include surprise entertainment as guests explore the glorious gardens, followed by a nine-course creative tasting menu served in the wicker dining baskets beneath the balloons. Courses will include Lobster en Croute, Tornedos Rossini…even edible clouds!
Dukes Restaurant & Bar is AA rosette-awarded and serves fresh, locally sourced and inspired dishes in an elegant setting. Villers Hotel is a stylish Grade II listed coaching inn in the middle of pretty market town Buckingham. It has 49 beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites and a stunning Ballroom, plus Cellar Party Room. Dukes Bar features an open fireplace and original cobbled courtyard too which lends a great atmosphere for a relaxing drink.
This small homely restaurant features an open kitchen where the chefs cook simply but skilfully over a bespoke wood-fired grill. They change the menu daily to reflect the seasons, often using ingredients from their own kitchen garden. The bar at The Inn offers a range of local hand pulled beers, gins and sparkling wines supported by a constantly evolving wine list with a nod to the natural wine movement and a playful top shelf of indulgent digestifs. They also forage herbs, flowers and spices to make infusions with spirits. You can stay in one of their 5 comfortable bedrooms with views over the gardens and fields and awake to a delicious breakfast.
At the end of Marlow High Street is the French-English award-winning restaurant, The Vanilla Pod. The independently owned restaurant provides exceptional food in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere housed in the former home of writer T.S Elliot.
Here every morsel can be tracked from farm to table. The meat and poultry all come from British farmers, the eggs are free range, and the fish is sourced sustainably, plus the fruit and vegetables are supplied from British farms wherever possible. They also have their own butchery with favourites like The Pointer Burger and the best cuts of Aberdeen Angus beef but there is plenty of choice for vegetarians and vegans too. With its garlanded oak beams, sheepskin rugs and cosy fireside nooks, the bar is the perfect place to meet friends for morning coffee, a lazy lunch or a family Sunday roast.
A 10 minute walk from the centre of Great Missenden is the Nags Head Hotel, a 4 star, silver awarded 15th Century inn. Guests can enjoy contemporary styled interiors with AA Rosette cuisine with ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. The bar area also features a selection of real ales and has an impressive open fire.
Executive Chef Mehdi Amiri showcases the best of Buckinghamshire with a seasonally-led menu that puts the spotlight on locally sourced, quality ingredients, including fresh vegetables from the hotel’s own kitchen garden. Harry’s Bar & Kitchen is named after Harry Thrower, the original Head Gardener of Horwood House and father of famous gardener, Percy Thrower.
The principal Dining Room, designed in 1988 in the style of the eminent early 19th century architect, Sir John Soane, is the setting for the imaginative cooking which has been awarded two AA rosettes. The daily menus feature seasonal local farms and county produce, together with their own Hartwell orchards and garden fruit, vegetables and herbs to bring the freshest of ingredients to enhance all the true flavours of the dishes. This stunning Grade I listed hotel used to be the home of King Louis XVIII whilst in exile from France so be prepared for opulence!
Not far from the gates of Waddesdon Manor, stands the Five Arrows, a small Victorian hotel with an award-winning restaurant. Lunch or dinner is always a relaxed, informal experience.From simple but imaginative lunch menus to gastronomic dinner experiences, the Five Arrows can cater for all your needs. Seasonal menus use fresh, local ingredients to produce modern European dishes and favourite British classics in the 2AA Rosette restaurant.
Tom Kerridge has made Marlow a foodie destination with his 2 Michelin stars for The Hand & Flowers and 1 star for The Coach. The Hand & Flowers offers high end dishes using the best ingredients and sometimes a nod to French cuisine. The Coach serves up small plates of British classics, refined and executed with great skill.