Carefully restored pub with rewarding food, local ales and interesting furnishings; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Unusually, this handsome place is a pub-cum-restaurant-cum-butchery business and all the meat comes from their own livestock herds and neighbouring farms; also, free- range eggs, home-baked bread and home-made pies, sausage rolls and so on (open 2.30-6.30pm Wednesday-Friday, 9am-2.30pm Saturday). The stylish bar has low beams, windsor chairs, elegant armchairs and sofas with brocaded cushions, open fires or woodburners in brick fireplaces and animal-hide stools by the counter. House ales come from XT Brewery, and there's a solid list of artisan spirits and liqueurs, and a thoughtfully curated wine list, all served by friendly, attentive staff. The airy and attractive restaurant has antique Ercol chairs around pale oak tables, cushioned window seats, rafters in a high vaulted ceiling and an open kitchen. French windows open on to the sizeable garden. Opposite this handsome inn is a red brick cottage which houses their eight restful, pretty bedrooms. Tolkien is said to have based the village of Bree in The Lord of the Rings on this pretty village.
The good pub guide food review
Interesting, indulgent dishes include bubble and squeak with crispy bacon, poached eggs and nollandaise sauce, devilled chicken livers on toasted brioche, baked whole camembert to share studded with garlic and rosemary, ale battered fish and triple-cooked chips, basil and pumpkin seed pesto linguine with roasted aubergine and toasted pumpkin seeds, and puddings such as citrus chocolate mousse and tiramisu with Tia Maria, chocolate crumb, coffee ice-cream and chocolate tuille.
Pointer, 27 Church Street, Brill, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9RT
Weekdays: 3-11pm Mon, Tues; 12-11 Wed, Thur; 12-midnight Fri