January is always a quiet month and, let's be honest, can be a bit dull so why not get together with some friends for a winter warming lunch? Whether you fancy gastro pub, farm shop, museum cafe, stately home tearoom or Scandi inspired eatery, Bucks has got the lot.
If you're looking for a gastropub with a stylish interior, then look no further than The Jolly Farmer overlooking the common at Chalfont St Peter. Not only does it serve English classics, including Sunday roasts, it also conjures up wonderful French brasserie staples. This unique pub / French bistro combo works really well and in true French style, you can bring your dog!
The Farm Shop
Orchard View Farm is a rare breeds farm which boasts a restaurant, farm shop, award-winning butchery and luxury campsite. With the focus on their own meat and locally produced ingredients, you can be assured of a 'farm to fork' experience. All the meals are homecooked and you can enjoy views over the animal paddocks and fields for a truly bucolic experience.
The Museum Cafe
The cafe at The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre is a great fun place to go for tea, cake, snacks and more, whether you're visiting the excellent museum or not. Many of the offerings have Roald Dahl inspired names, like their signature Bogtrotter Chocolate Cake, and they do 'delumptious' lunches too!
The Stately Home Tearoom
The Phoenix Kitchen at Claydon Coutyard on the Claydon Estate, home to Claydon House where Florence Nightingale once lived, offers breakfasts, lunches, cakes, teas and snacks in a lovely setting. The courtyard is home to several independent retailers and there are lovely grounds to wander and work off the lunch. They pride themselves on using local ingredients where possible, with daily specials, seasonal options and homemade cakes for a truly unique experience each time you visit.
The Scandi Eatery
Tucked away in the Bucks village of Haddenham, when visiting Norsk you could be forgiven for thinking you are in a chic urban cafe. Renowned for their artisan breakfasts, wholesome lunches (their salads are adventurous and delicious), homemade soups and tempting cakes, you can soak up the stylish Scandi surroundings and admire the gorgeous homewares and gifts that are also for sale. On top of all this, their coffee really is great and you can even buy it at their other shop at the train station, along with sandwiches and snacks.