Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Aylesbury
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Aylesbury restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 29 restaurants in Aylesbury and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Aylesbury restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Aylesbury Restaurants
1. Artichoke French restaurant in Amersham 9 Market Sq - HP7
“At last the French tyre company and restaurant guide has come to its senses” and in 2019 finally awarded a star to Laurie Gear and his team: recognition that had been bizarrely lacking for so many years. A characterful location in Old Amersham, “it’s a lovely small place where you’re made to feel very much at home”. The main attraction, though, is cuisine showing “a positive attitude to developing new dishes and combinations of flavours and ingredients” – “not cheap, but very memorable”.
2. Paris House British, Modern restaurant in Woburn Woburn Park - MK17
“It’s always a joy to go to this stunning restaurant in beautiful surroundings” – a gorgeous-looking, mock-Tudor, timber building (built in France originally in 1878), in the grounds of Woburn Abbey. There’s nothing but praise for Phil Fanning’s very accomplished cuisine, showcased in a six-course taster menu, and likewise the “unfussy” service. (“It can only be a matter of time before Michelin wake up and give them their star back!”)
3. The Chequers Inn restaurant in Weston Turville 35 Church Lane - HP22
Flagstone floors, beams and an open fire ensure this sixteenth-century pub still looks the part. Run by a husband-and-wife team – chef Dritan and maître d’ Ranka – it inspires limited but all-positive feedback for its fairly traditional British menu.
4. The Dining Room at Cliveden International restaurant in Taplow Cliveden Rd - SL6
In October 2021, Chris Hannon joined Cliveden House as Executive Head Chef, continuing the culinary journey of his predecessors André Garrett and Paul O’Neill. Having worked as Chef de Partie of the 3 Michelin star fine dining restaurant, Alain Ducasse at The Dorc...
5. The King’s Head British, Traditional restaurant in Aylesbury Kings Head Passage, Market Square - HP20
2019 Review: Run by the National Trust, this Aylesbury gastroboozer occupies a gem of a Tudor building, with an oak-panelled dining room spearheaded by the Chiltern Brewery since 2005. Given its ties, the beers are a highlight, though it also wins praise for the “best duck” (living up to the town’s mallard associations).
6. Hartwell House British, Traditional restaurant in Aylesbury Oxford Road - HP17
Dining at this National Trust-owned Jacobean/Georgian mansion “has always been a very nice experience” based on tail-coated waiters and that inimitably English stately-home touch. “A reasonably priced lunch makes it a good meeting place for a small group”, too, even if the food is a little staid for some tastes – as is the decor (“they gotta liven this place up!”).
7. La Chouette Belgian restaurant in Dinton Westlington Grn - HP17
A “very cosy” sixteenth-century house on the village green makes an ideal setting for Frederic Desmette’s “great” Belgian cuisine, with plenty of game on the menu reflecting his interest in wildlife (he’s an accomplished wildlife photographer). There’s also a “fabulous wine list (ask for the cellar specials)”. Top Tip: “superb crepes”.
8. The Five Arrows British, Modern restaurant in Waddesdon High St - HP18
You can eat like a Rothschild at this gastropub on the Waddeston estate, dining on meat from the estate’s farms and vegetables from Baron Rothschild’s walled garden at Eythrope. The pub serves “really excellent food” and is set in “pleasant countryside”, with profits going to support the historic Waddesdon Manor, now owned by the National Trust while the Baron retains the estate. There is also afternoon ‘teapas’ – a selection of savoury small plates and more traditional scones and cakes.
9. Crocker’s Table British, Modern restaurant in Tring 74 High Street - HP23
Eating at Scott Barnard’s chef’s table (max 15 diners) is a “real indulgence” for its “delicious and generous tasting menu, displaying wonderful seasonal produce and the skill of the team”. It was “perfect for the first meal out after lockdown, and fabulous as ever”. There’s also a “secret Cellar Bar” and dining room, and a spin-off Crocker’s in Henley.
10. The Old Swan British, Modern restaurant in Cheddington 58 High St - LU7
2018 Review: Limited but very positive feedback on this lovingly restored, thatched traditional pub, not far from the Grand Union Canal, which wins all-round high scores for its superior pub grub.
11. The Hundred of Ashendon British, Modern restaurant in Ashendon Lower End - HP18
Having done time at top restaurants St John and the Hand & Flowers, head chef Matt Gill has returned home for his first solo venture – a “great local gastropub” with rooms, in a rambling seventeenth-century building where “one almost feels at home”. Its “traditional bar menu”, much of which is sourced on-site, is “definitely worth searching out”.
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