survey result

Summary

£47
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“What a discovery, hidden away in the beautiful Chilterns!” in “a remote rural setting far from the madding crowd” – this “very characterful family-run pub” is highly rated for its “well-presented and slightly unusual cooking”. “You feel like you’re a million miles from anywhere, when in reality it’s only a 40-minute drive from London”.

Summary

£47
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“What a discovery, hidden away in the beautiful Chilterns!” in “a remote rural setting far from the madding crowd” – this “very characterful family-run pub” is highly rated for its “well-presented and slightly unusual cooking”. “You feel like you’re a million miles from anywhere, when in reality it’s only a 40-minute drive from London”.

Summary

£45
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “really great country gastropub”, in a hamlet in a secluded wooded valley, offers “carefully cooked food, much of it locally sourced, and a good atmosphere”. Only one complaint: “it’s difficult to get a table” – although drop-ins are always welcome, and the management insists nobody will go hungry.

Summary

£50
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “proper country pub” in a “lovely setting” that’s “back to its best after being closed due to fire” for six months in 2016; “the foods interesting without overdoing the inventiveness” and there’s a “buzzy atmosphere” (“best in the bar area”).

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No dress code
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The Alford Arms Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Alford Arms Restaurant in HP1, Frithsden by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Alford Arms restaurant.
Steven B
A lovely spot in Bucks. This is very popula...
Reviewed 1 months, 17 days ago

"A lovely spot in Bucks. This is very popular especially at weekends so booking advisable. We didn't and were still given a choice of tables which they reserve for walk ins. There is parking off road but when busy this fills up and the road is used. The outside garden is luxurious with sheepskin to sit on and while on the road, this is very quiet and next to the village green. Inside tables are reasonably distanced, very clean wood and it is bright. Having met a local who extolled its virtues for food (admittedly with no nearby competition) , we were a tad disappointed at the end of a delightful walk. The food is certainly more than OK and there is a real effort to make it interesting but... Our Welsh Rarebit had little cheese flavour so became dull. The fried bream was much better, juicy fish with excellent tabule - shame it was still heaped from the form rather than under the fish. One vegetable only. The vegetarian curry was unimpressive, basically warm beans with a pile of yogurt on the side. The idea was there but not in execution! The shared desert of apple tart was "french" style with Ice cream. It looked bought but tasted fine. However at £7.75 for a small slice, a bit much. Wine by the glass was huge as it should be at £9. Service was slow to start, perhaps they were busy although I counted at least 6 front of house so they should cope easily. But once off, the pace was ideal and they made up for the slow start by being very jolly and friendly - exactly as a local pub should be. We would go back, less for the food perhaps but certainly for the location and ambiance. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£7.00 £17.11 £6.47
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.75
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Frithsden, HP1 3DD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
ThursdayCLOSED
FridayCLOSED
SaturdayCLOSED
Sunday12 pm‑10:30 pm

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