Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Beaconsfield
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Beaconsfield restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 78 restaurants in Beaconsfield and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Beaconsfield restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The French Horn French restaurant in Sonning-on-Thames
“The setting on the Thames at Sonning Eye is just fantastic, but better still, the quality of the food that comes out of the kitchen is always first class”, according to fans of this long-established and well-known Thames-valley institution, which has been owned by the Emmanuel family since 1972. “If you like formal, this is the place to go”, and while fans acknowledge that “it’s a little pricey”, they feel the investment is “well worth it for special occasions”. As well as its signature duck, spit-roasted over an open fire, it’s “very impressive wine list” is another feature (“we call it ‘The Bible’”).
2. Sindhu Indian restaurant in Marlow The Compleat Angler - SL7
“Incredibly original Indian cuisine served gracefully in a wonderful location” makes this well-commented-on Marlow destination one of the country’s top grand Indians outside the capital. “A beautiful dining room overlooking the Thames” and with a “fabulous view of Marlow Weir” (gorgeous in daytime, perhaps less impactful at night) is the venue for “an enormously enjoyable, fine-dining take on Indian cuisine that’s beautifully presented,: “with lovely spicing, but never being overwhelmed by too much heat”. It’s “one of those experiences where practically everything is spot on”.
3. The Vanilla Pod French restaurant in Marlow 31 West St - SL7
Michael Mcdonald’s well-established favourite occupies an intimate room that’s part of a house that was, in days gone by, owned by TS Eliot. Fans continue to say its performance is “consistently excellent in all areas and amazing value”. As well as the à la carte menu, there is also now a five-course tasting option – at £60 per head for seven courses, it’s not punishingly priced by the standards of such offerings and fans say “it’s absolutely brilliant. You've got to go for it!”.
4. La Trompette British, Modern restaurant in Chiswick 5-7 Devonshire Rd - W4
“Still worth the schlep across town”, says an E18-based fan of this “elegant corner of Chiswick” – “a brilliant, upscale neighbourhood restaurant” in a quiet backwater off the high street, which fans say is “pretty much on a level with its sibling Chez Bruce”; and which regularly features in the Top 40 most-mentioned restaurants in our annual diners’ poll. Like its famous Wandsworth Common stablemate, its culinary attractions include modern British cuisine that’s “up to date, with ingredients centre stage,” “complemented by a very fine wine list,” and with “a very good cheese selection”. But whereas reports this year often match the flawless pattern established over two decades (“just effortlessly excellent…”; “we have been regulars for a decade…never disappoints…”; “post-lockdown it continues to shine…”), there is also a growing minority concern that “while the food is still very good, the service has slipped”, with quite a few accounts of a “haphazard and brusque” experience. “Maybe it’s just because of these difficult times…”
5. Orwells British, Traditional restaurant in Shiplake Shiplake Row - RG9
“Exquisite” cooking is commended by diners at Ryan & Liam Simpson-Trotman’s well-rated venue, near Henley, where numerous reporters had their best meal of the year in our latest annual survey. There is a ten-course tasting menu for £130, but you don’t have to go the whole hog: there’s also a ‘half menu’ option (at £80) and an à la carte offering.
6. Artichoke French restaurant in Amersham 9 Market Sq - HP7
Laurie Gear’s “exceptional restaurant nestling in Old Amersham” has been “a favourite for two decades” and – having opened in 2002 – was “belatedly awarded a Michelin star” in 2019. “The best restaurant for miles” in this part of the outer burbs, it is one of the most commented-on restaurants in our annual diners’ poll. One or two reports did include some ‘rough edges’ this year (“a return to form after a former disappointment…”; “a couple of dishes were odd, but never boring!”) but the main theme was of “divine” food, “exceptional value tasting menus” and “delightful matching wines”, all delivered by “attentive and knowledgeable staff”. “I almost hate to give a good review as more people will find this true gem!”
7. Hawkyns by Atul Kochhar Indian restaurant in Amersham 16 High Street - HP7
If you remember ‘Four weddings’, this very characterful, beamed sixteenth-century pub in the town centre was the filming location for the bit where Hugh and Andie first start getting it together. Its food in recent years has been overseen by star Indian chef, Atul Kochhar, and is a highly rated curry favourite in (nearly) all reports.
8. Glaze at Crowne Plaza Marlow British, Modern restaurant in Marlow Fieldhouse Lane - SL7
Experience excellent food and fine wine in Crowne Plaza Marlow’s newly refurbished Glaze Restaurant in Marlow, AA Rosette awarded for its culinary excellence. Having recently undergone a huge refurbishment project, the Glaze Restaurant is now situated at the ...
9. Caldesi in Campagna Italian restaurant in Bray Old Mill Ln - SL6
“Within walking distance of the Monkey Island and Bray high street” – Giancarlo & Katie Caldesi’s “relaxed sister establishment to Caldesi in Marylebone” occupies a converted house complete with “a great bar and attractive glasshouse-type” addition. The dishes from its “excellent, typically Italian menu” are, say fans, “fantastic” and “the cost is rather like loose change compared to the nearby Fat Duck”.
10. The Cape Grand Cafe & Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Beaconsfield 6a, Burkes Parade - HP9
This “friendly and popular local cafe” has won an enviable reputation over two decades for its “spectacular breakfast or brunch, with South African specialities”. On Friday and Saturday nights they gear up for proper evening meals with various bobotie and braai variations, too.
11. No.5 London End British, Traditional restaurant in Beaconsfield 5 London End - HP9
2019 Review: “A small but quality establishment” – this contemporary two-year-old café aims to bring gastropub-style fare onto the high street and succeeds, serving “top burgers, and lots of other yummy offerings”.
12. The Greyhound British, Modern restaurant in Beaconsfield 33 Windsor End - HP9
“Beautiful building… beautiful food… beautiful people” – Daniel Crump and Margriet Vandezande-Crump have transformed this old pub (since they took it over in 2019) to create a “wonderful” destination in this chichi town, once devoid of much in the way of culinary interest. They are not only “amazing hosts” (“and have put together a fantastic team”) but also “constantly innovating as well as working actively in the local community”. “The menu changes rapidly to reflect the best seasonal ingredients at any time of year” and the “strong standard of cooking” adds to a “wonderful” offering all-round.
13. The Royal Standard of England British, Traditional restaurant in Beaconsfield Forty Green - HP9
This “atmospheric 900-year-old pub” – quite possibly the oldest free house in England – is “full of nooks and crannies” and has “bags of charm and character” (it’s a popular film and TV set, and sometimes is closed for filming). There’s a menu of “very good pub classics”, with “homemade sausages and mash” a popular option.
14. The Jolly Cricketers British, Modern restaurant in Seer Green 24 Chalfont Rd - HP9
This “good village pub” excels for its “lovely grub” and “friendly staff”. Landlord Chris Lillitou grew up in the village, and took over the pub with his wife, Tante-Claire-trained Amanda Baker, 15 years ago.
15. Three Oaks British, Traditional restaurant in Gerrards Cross Austenwood Ln - SL9
With its “beautifully presented, delicious food”, this “better-than-standard gastropub justifiably attracts custom from a wide area” – and its heated ‘Oak pods’ are popular for outdoor eating in all seasons. It’s run by Harry Cripps and his wife Katherine, daughter of the late broadcaster Terry Wogan – whose brothers run the London pizza specialist Homeslice.
16. The Dining Room at Cliveden International restaurant in Taplow Cliveden Rd - SL6
The “spectacular drive up to the property” is all part of the experience at this majestic ancestral pile of the Astor family (host, in its day, to the events behind the Profumo scandal; where Meghan stayed before marrying Prince Harry; and nowadays owned by the National Trust). The dining room occupies a “gorgeous hall” primely located within the property and with “great views”. As you might expect, a visit is an experience as much as it is a gourmet spectacular, and although cooking from chef Chris Hannon (replacing Paul O’Neill in October 2021) is generally well-received, feedback follows the up-and-down pattern established over many years here. A typical example: “lovely room, pretty good food actually but it isn’t a restaurant that wows. Some dishes were very good but it was a case of hit-and-miss, especially for the high price, and service was good but not outstanding”. Top Tip – “perfect afternoon tea for special occasions”.
17. The Astor Grill British, Modern restaurant in Taplow Clivedon Road - SL6
“A walk around the Cliveden estate afterwards is a bonus” if you visit this luxe brasserie in the stables of this famous Thames-side mansion, which is the property’s ‘affordable’ option. “Nice seating in booths is very private” and regulars say it’s “better out of doors in the summer”. Its cooking is rated as “good, if not a bit expensive”.
18. Gilbey’s British, Modern restaurant in Amersham 1 Market Sq - HP7
A fixture of Old Amersham for more than 30 years, this bistro from Michael Gilbey of the gin dynasty is a “fab example of old-school dining” – quite literally, given that the seventeenth-century premises were originally part of Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. Even long-time fans, though, have begun to grumble that “having been a favourite for years, it has become more ordinary – not bad but no longer worth a journey”. There’s a sister branch in Eton.
19. The Grocer at 15 British, Modern restaurant in Amersham 15 The Broadway - HP7
2022 Review: The Grocer at 91 pivoted to being a food shop during the pandemic and all the eating now happens at this intimate sibling café, whose 24 covers are expanded by three tables outside, and where the mostly vegan menu spans satisfying, well-priced salads, toasties and locally made cakes. Their Gerrards Cross branch is now under new management, operating as Huddle.
20. Maliks Indian restaurant in Gerrards Cross 14 Oak End Way - SL9
“Amazing food” (including a “great duck curry”) has earned this classy curry house a chorus-line of local celeb cheer-leaders, including Heston Blumenthal and Sir Ben Kingsley (of Gandhi fame). It has sister venues in Cookham and Marlow.
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