Well run and pretty inn with beamed bars, an open fire, a good range of drinks and modern cooking; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Roald Dahl used this attractive creeper-clad inn as his local and the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre is a short stroll away. Built as three small cottages in the 15th c, it's a gently civilised place with creative food. There's a low-beamed area on the left, a loftier part on the right, a mix of small pews, dining chairs and tables on carpet and a log fire in a handsome fireplace. Rebellion IPA and a couple of guests such as Malt Missenden Pale Ale on handpump from the unusual bar counter (the windows behind face the road), over 30 wines by the glass from an extensive list, 15 malt whiskies, 30 gins and half a dozen vintage Armagnacs. As well as an outside dining area beneath a pergola, there are seats on the extensive back lawn. The six beamed bedrooms are well equipped and comfortable, and the breakfasts are very good.
The good pub guide food review
Impressive food includes blue swimmer white crab meat, home-smoked salmon, blinis and chive cream, mushroom feuilletée with calvados cream and julienned vegetables, charcuterie board (for two), pan-fried lamb cannon with compote of Mediterranean vegetables and red onion jus, crab thermidor with skinny fries, steamed sea bass fillet with ruby chard and beurre blanc with capers, bean and sweetcorn burger with home-made almond and barbecue sauce and fries, and puddings such as raspberry and bourbon vanilla crème brûlée and blueberry, pear and almond 'Bourdaloue' tart with coconut ice-cream.