RestaurantsOxfordshireChinnorOX39

survey result

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.

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.

Summary

£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.

“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”.

Summary

£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.

“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”.

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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

Starter Main Pudding
£14.50 £27.50 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.50
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £4.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

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