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 134 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.
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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. Mash Inn British, Modern restaurant in Radnage Horseshoe Rd, Bennett End - HP14
Nick Mash’s four-year-old operation occupies a converted 18th century inn set in scenic countryside. Reporters “cannot fault it”, from the “passionate” and “friendly staff” to the “perfect” cooking, using “mainly locally sourced ingredients” (many of them from the kitchen garden), which are “cooked with great flair” over a bespoke wood-fired grill.
7. The Coach British, Modern restaurant in Marlow 3 West Street - SL7
“Just a delight all round” – seldom is a bad word said about Tom Kerridge’s ‘other’ pub in this Thames valley town: an “extremely crowded and very buzzy” haunt that is also “lovely and chilled”. “You don't need to book a table and you can order the plates tapas-style”: “the food is so good”.
8. La Chouette Belgian restaurant in Dinton Westlington Grn - HP17
“A visit to (chef/owner/waiter) Frederic’s is always an experience – his forthright views on just about anything complement his efforts in the kitchen!”, which revolve around Belgian cuisine and are supplemented by wildlife photography on the walls (by Frederic lui-même of course).
9. Maliks Indian restaurant in Gerrards Cross 14 Oak End Way - SL9
“Exceptional food and service” distinguish this “excellent Indian”, an offshoot of the well-known Cookham original (there’s a third branch in Marlow). It “tends to be more expensive than similar places”, but it’s “not at all your typical curry house” – most reporters are happy to pay a little extra for the “high-end aspirations, traditional-style white tablecloths”, and “best authentic kormas around”.
10. 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.
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