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Summary

“Whether it’s a cosy winter meal with lovely log fires, or a glorious summer evening under the wisteria and vines” in the “stunning garden” – Julie Griffith’s “hard-to-find and charming gastropub/restaurant in the Chilterns” is “perfect for a lunch stop off the M40” (set your sat nav). Arguably it charges “stockbroker prices”, but most diners feel bills are “fair” due to the “simply lovely setting” and “high standard” of “seasonal” food, plus “good real ale and an excellent wine list”.

£71
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Off the beaten track in the Chilterns but well worth the journey”, Julie Griffith’s “quirky but atmospheric” stalwart – a smartly converted pub decorated “with some outstanding original sculptures” – is “perfect for a lunch-top off the M40” (once you’ve found the place!), or a day-trip out of the smoke, especially in summer when you can eat in the “exquisite gardens”. “Portions seem to have slimmed a little as prices have risen over the years”, and service can sometimes seem “distracted”, but when it’s firing on all cylinders this place is “exceptional on all fronts”; not least its “consistently high quality cooking, over so many years”.

£74
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Cosy in winter”, with the “lovely open fire in the bar”, and particularly “beautiful in summer, when the wonderful garden and woodland make it possible to imagine you’re on a terrace in the South of France”, Julie Griffiths’s “homely-yet-smart country pub-style restaurant” is “perfect for a lunch stop off the M40”. Service is notably “charming” (even if it can be “distracted” and “slow”), and foodwise “this old favourite is going through a culinary purple patch” at present, serving “absolutely brilliant”, “hearty” fare. Given the above, despite the fact that it’s “in the middle of nowhere”, and hard to find, it remains a top bucolic escape for jaded Londonites.

£68
  £££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“On a beautiful summer evening, it can be heaven to drink a glass of bubbly in the stunning garden” of Julie Griffiths’s well-known escape – a “wonderfully cosy” pub-conversion (“more restaurant than pub”), in a hard-to-find, leafy Chilterns location, off the M40. “It’s one of the longest-running UK destinations to be consistently running at the top of its game”, and its quite “fancy” cuisine “goes from strength to strength”. And though far from cheap, and with a few quirks (“I don’t like being directed to the bar area to wait ages”), on most accounts its “idiosyncratic” style “all adds to the charm”.

£58
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £21.50 £26.50
Dinner £21.50 £26.50

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £27.50
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu, Portions
Yes
25, 45
80
Yes
Spriggs Alley, Chinnor, OX39 4BX
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Friday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm-3:30 pm

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