RestaurantsOxfordshireChinnorOX39
Spriggs Alley, Chinnor, OX39 4BX

survey result

Summary

£97
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Delightfully out of the way” with a “tremendous location” in the leafy Chilterns: Julie Griffiths’ hidden-away restaurant (too posh really to be called a pub as it originally was) is “worth the trip out of London” or makes a “perfect lunch stop off the M40”. Its impressive standards over the years make it one of the top 100 most commented-on destinations outside of the capital in our annual diners’ poll and it provides “flavoursome” (if not especially foodie) traditional fare backed up by a “serious wine list”. “Julie always maintains the highest standard” (as she has done for over 50 years at the helm now) and it is particularly “a perfect location on a fine summer day”.

Summary

£76
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Quality you wouldn’t expect deep in the countryside” means Julie Griffith’s “charming, but off-the-beaten-track country pub/restaurant in the Chilterns” (impossible to find before the advent of satnav) is “a real treat” that’s “worth a detour” and has a big, long-term fan club extending all the way into London (from which it’s a welcome weekend ‘run out’). It’s “such a lovely building” always with “a warm and welcoming atmosphere”, bolstered by “beautiful gardens from spring to autumn; and with cosy log fires in the winter”. There’s the odd background quibble of food that “sounds great on paper but falls short at the price” or a slight feeling of “complacency”. These are drowned out for the most part though by more typical reports of “consistently good and excellent food” and a feeling that “Julie runs the place superbly”. “Never fails to impress…”“never a disappointment here in over 27 years and possibly 60 occasions!”

Summary

£76
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Well worth the journey” down the M4 and then through winding Chilterns countryside (or, of course, you can just drop in using the helipad in the garden) – Julie Griffith’s “lovely” rural gastropub has proved an amazingly enduring destination. “Julie herself is still doing a wonderful job after all these years” and curates a “very homey and informal” interior style that might seem “rough and ready” were it not so tasteful. “The food is original and very delicious (but not cheap!)” and there’s an “excellent wine list” too. And with its “beautiful setting” and garden, it’s particularly “fantastic on a sunny day”.

Summary

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

“Always worth the slightly tortuous drive to the ‘back of beyond’”, Julie Griffith’s Chilterns gastropub “hasn’t really changed much (other than the sofa cushions) in over 25 years”, but when that means “beautiful food in beautiful surroundings” (“lovely cosy log fires in winter, wonderful garden for outdoor dining in the summer”) no one seems to mind.

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £25.00 £30.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£16.30 £31.30 £6.50 £14.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
25, 45
No dress code
80
Over 8yr for dinner
Yes

The Sir Charles Napier Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Sir Charles Napier Restaurant in OX39, Chinnor by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Sir Charles Napier restaurant.
Murray B
Remains good but perhaps the first signs of...
Reviewed 3 months, 20 days ago

"Remains good but perhaps the first signs of getting slightly tired and making the rapidly increasing prices raise an eyebrow. still remains a favourite stopping place. "

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Spriggs Alley, Chinnor, OX39 4BX
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:30 pm

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