Harden's survey result
“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.
“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”.
“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”.
“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.
|Wine per bottle||£32.50|
The Sir Charles Napier Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A la carte menu is interesting but expensive however the daily menu is good value. Service is adequate should better to match standard to which establishment aspires. The location is magical especially in summer."
Spriggs Alley, Chinnor, OX39 4BX
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑3:30 pm|