10 great places for a lunch meal out in Buckinghamshire
PUBLISHED: 11:41 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 11 May 2018
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Whether you seek a traditional lunch, or something to keep the vegetarians, ‘pickies’ and ‘pizza brigade’ entertained, Sandra Smith has some great ideas
Russell Arms, Butler's Cross
A homely welcome is as inviting as the seasonal food at this independently owned village pub where Chef Dan Scott sources locally grown or reared produce whenever possible. Meals may be savoured either in the cosy restaurant or informal bar area where log burners add to the glowing ambience in the winter months. There’s an eclectic choice of Old World and New World wine, too, and staff will ensure any food allergies or intolerances are accommodated.
Bella Vita, Princes Risborough
Serving the finest Italian cuisine this side of the English Channel (we think!), Bella Vita also exudes a family aura and passion for food that is more than matched by traditional and authentic dishes on an extensive menu. Choose from an array of starters including soups and risottos followed by main courses such as veal, calf’s liver or sea bass. And, of course, there are pizzas, too, probably the freshest you could wish for and cooked to order like every other item at this charming restaurant.
The Angel, Long Crendon
Leather armchairs and an inglenook fireplace are just some of the home comforts that add to the dining experience at this 16th century coaching inn where familiar favourites are given a contemporary twist. With a well travelled wine list accompanying food, lunch, served between midday and 2.30pm (Mon-Sat) and midday and 3pm (Sunday) at simply dressed pine scrubbed tables, is a gastronomic treat and social indulgence. No wonder this welcoming restaurant has such an enviable reputation. Gift certificates can be purchased and make the perfect present for food lovers.
The Three Crowns, Askett
Once a village inn, The Three Crowns, in the heart of the quiet community of Askett, is now a rustic gastro pub serving lunches as hearty as they are delicious. The restaurant is housed in a cosy, Grade II listed building where attentive staff are eager to make your visit as memorable as possible. There are tables for two tucked away in corners, while the bay window spot is always popular. Groups of any size can be catered for, just ensure you book in advance.
Bottle and Glass, Gibraltar
The hamlet of Gibraltar, named after our British Overseas Territory, lies on the road that links Aylesbury with Thame and is home to a large, thatched country pub where quality chefs and the freshest ingredients combine to make the most desirable lunch destination. Accompanying simple sandwiches with salad are omelettes and sharing options ranging from baked camembert to smoked salmon and mackerel terrine.
The Pointer, Brill
In the historic village of Brill The Pointer has been a drinking venue for a few hundred years. Yet the environment, service and food here are both current and inviting. Beef and pork roasts are served on Sundays, each with trimmings and a selection of home grown vegetables.
The Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross
Their own herb garden is also the source of vegetables at this award winning, family friendly restaurant. Patrons can enjoy a traditional roast on a Sunday with the May 2018 lunch menu also including chickpea panisse, smoked chicken lasagne and 60z fillet medallions. Private parties may also be booked at this Gerrards Cross location.
The Chequers Inn, Wooburn Common
Originally a 17th century coaching inn with oak beams and flag stone floors, The Chequers Inn has been run by the same family for over four decades. Sunday lunch includes a choice of roast beef, lamb and pork, although diners may prefer vegetarian or fish options. In the elegant dining room where tables are bedecked with crisp white tablecloths and napkins, tall mirrors and gentle lighting reflect the classic atmosphere.
Brasserie Blanc, Beaconsfield and Milton Keynes
The innate passion for ingredients, cooking and authentic dining experiences for which Raymond Blanc is known radiates through his Brasserie Blanc restaurants, one of which is located in Beaconsfield’s Old Town and another in the heart of Milton Keynes, where diners may order Sunday lunch. Free range Cornish beef is available either in a traditional roast or burger. There’s chicken and pork, too, plus vegetarian and fish options which can be topped off with scrumptious desserts such as mixed berry pavlova or pistachio soufflé.
The Old Thatched Inn, Adstock
With a commitment to using the least amount of food miles as possible and a heritage which dates back several hundred years, this inn, situated in the picturesque village of Adstock, fuses seasonal ingredients with modern presentation resulting in a thoroughly unforgettable visit. Beef, pork and lamb roasts are popular each week, all accompanied by crunchy roast potatoes and homemade gravy. Other lunch choices include Scottish salmon fillet, fig jam and goats cheese with salad and pan fried bacon with potatoes and red wine gravy.
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