Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Buckinghamshire
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Buckinghamshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 133 restaurants in Buckinghamshire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Buckinghamshire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Buckinghamshire Restaurants
1. Paris House British, Modern restaurant in Woburn Woburn Park - MK17
“Beautiful deer park surroundings” provide an “exceptional setting” for this well-known destination, in the grounds of Woburn Abbey, which occupies a picture-book, Tudor building (“what could be more romantic than a glass of Champagne on the terrace before a lovely meal here!”). Phil Fanning’s “genius” cuisine is presented either from an à la carte menu or the eight-course tasting menu (six courses at lunch).
2. Artichoke French restaurant in Amersham 9 Market Sq - HP7
“Laurie Gear and his team never fail to delight in this French fine dining establishment”: a “small and intimate” haunt in a characterful part of Old Amersham, where “the best seats are downstairs by the kitchen where you can witness how hard and skilfully the chefs work”. For many years now, the opinion has been widespread that its “impeccable” cuisine and “warm and welcoming” service were being inexplicably ignored by the tyre men, but in October 2019 Michelin finally gave way and gave it its long overdue recognition with the award of a star.
3. The Vanilla Pod French restaurant in Marlow 31 West St - SL7
“You are always well looked after” at Michael Macdonald’s “tiny” venture – a timbered room in a house once owned by TS Eliot. Many who report on it are regulars: “best value in town…”; “not one but several excellent meals last year…”; “sublime consistent food without a doubt, as I have been about thirty times – just perfect with fish and the only place in the world I eat pudding!”
4. Sindhu Indian restaurant in Marlow The Compleat Angler - SL7
Atul Kochhar is celebrating his sixth year in this “fabulous riverside location”. As experiences go, it’s “as refined as curry gets”, with “wonderful” modern dishes (if in slightly “small portions”) and “beautiful views over the River Thames” from its traditional, leaded windows. “Hotel restaurants are never supposed to be this good in the UK, especially in the home counties!”
5. Hawkyns by Atul Kochhar Indian restaurant in Amersham 16 High Street - HP7
“Outstanding food in a lovely setting” again wins praise for celeb chef, Atul Kochhar’s Indian take on British food at this ancient, beamed Elizabethan coaching inn on the high street (which was one of the locations in ‘Four Weddings’). But once again, its ratings are held back by the odd reporter who’s unconvinced: “after several attempts wanting to believe, we’ve concluded it falls short overall”.
6. The Old Queen's Head British, Modern restaurant in Penn Hammersley Ln - HP10
2018 Review: “For a pub, the ambience is exceptional due to the layout with the old beams and nooks and crannies” at this fine Tudor building in leafy Penn. The “interesting and frequently changing menus” are likewise “a very pleasant surprise”, while the “tireless staff” are “very friendly” (but, when busy, service can be “pretty slow”).
7. The Cape Grand Cafe & Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Beaconsfield 6a, Burkes Parade - HP9
This Saffa-owned café, handy for the station, is “a firm favourite”, where the “freshly made quiches and salads are a highlight” – though they also serve the “best coffee in Beaconsfield” and reporters “like the varied South African dishes on the menu” too.
8. Hartwell House British, Traditional restaurant in Aylesbury Oxford Road - HP17
“A fantastic location with old-fashioned silver service” – this Grade I-listed Jacobean/Georgian mansion is the perfect place to experience stately-home hospitality, complete with waiters in tailcoats. The food may “not be quite up to the mark for the price”, but all feedback is basically upbeat, with no harsh critiques for the dining room’s standards. Now leased to the National Trust and celebrating its 30th anniversary as a grand spa hotel, Hartwell hosted exiled King Louis XVIII after the French Revolution.
9. The Swan Inn British, Modern restaurant in Denham Village Road - UB9
Looking for a pub meal to escape from London? Head to this atmospheric and tastefully renovated Georgian gastropub, just off J1 of the M40, in the cutest of cute Home Counties villages (complete with small outside terrace garden in summer). The straightforward food is not aiming to ‘push the envelope’ but it’s dependably well-realised. Top Tip – grab any parking space you can find: finding a spot a nightmare.
10. Spice Merchant Indian restaurant in Beaconsfield 33 London End - HP9
Spice Merchant Beaconsfield is our prestigious flagship Indian restaurant, located in the historic area of Beaconsfield Old Town in Buckinghamshire.
The varied menu consists of much-loved traditional Indian pot dishes, such as Bhuna and Jalfrezi as well as an impressive selectio...
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