With months of lockdown behind us, let's make up for lost time and enjoy brunch, lunch or afternoon tea out, perhaps with some retail therapy thrown in. Reconnecting with friends whilst supporting the local economy is a pleasure that we can once again indulge in and there are plenty of options throughout Buckinghamshire. Here are few to inspire you.
Brunch or Lunch
Choose from three Grocers Shops in Buckinghamshire, two in Old Amersham and one in Gerrards Cross. Step inside the original café, (where it all started) The Grocer at 15 and enjoy an excellent cup of artisan coffee. There are plenty of brunch dishes to choose from, including smashed avocado, feta and chilli on sourdough or toasted banana bread with soft Italian butter. As well as coffee, there are a variety of freshly made juices to choose from.
Tucked away in the pretty village of Haddenham, you will find a slice of Norwegian cool. Café and lifestyle store NORSK, offers a variety of homemade food made from a wide range of fresh, seasonal and local produce that are Nordic-inspired. Indulge in a Scandi classic, Smørbrød (or open sandwich) which can be topped with crab niçoise or smoked salmon, smashed beets and horseradish. Fancy something sweet? Try their French toast topped with maple syrup and fresh berries.
Find your closest Fego in either Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross or Marlow and book a table for brunch. There extensive menu has something for everyone. Choose from one of their favourites, the spicy scrambled eggs or step it up with a fried chicken burger and a side of sweet potato fries. Want to stick to something a little lighter? Try their warm coconut and vanilla quinoa porridge, delicious! Wash it down with an ice cream shake or freshly made smoothie.
Between brunch, lunch or afternoon tea there's time for a bit of shopping. Our high streets are back in business and ready to welcome visitors with safety measure in place. Buckinghamshire has a mix of large towns with shopping centres, such as Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Milton Keynes, and traditional market towns with pretty streets and independent shops, such as Marlow, Amersham and Beaconsfield. And just across the border in Oxfordshire is Bicester Village, the world famous designer outlet shopping heaven.
This quintessentially British tradition is enjoyed at Danesfield House with the River Thames and the Chilterns as a backdrop. Afternoon Tea is served at The Restaurant and the Terrace daily.
Or walk in the footsteps of Louis XVIII and indulge in freshly prepared afternoon teas complete with sandwiches, pastries, plain and fruit scones and complimentary fresh tea and coffee, in beautiful surroundings in either the Morning Room, Drawing Room, Great Hall or Library at Hartwell House.
For the chocaholic, try the Chocolate Afternoon Tea, Stoke Park’s twist on the classic plus delicately hand-made sandwiches, cakes and scones served with delicious clotted cream, along with a wide range of teas and coffees.
Or step back in time to the 1940s and indulge in a traditional afternoon tea at Bletchley Park, home to the WW2 codebreakers. Explore the historic mansion, codebreakers' huts and fascinating exhibits to learn all about the Enigma Code.