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Buckinghamshire nightlife venues

Whether you’re looking for live entertainment or just somewhere with a lively atmosphere, Buckinghamshire can deliver a memorable night out. Pretty riverside Marlow is a treasure trove of pubs cocktail lounges. One of the best-loved bars to have bedded itself into the High Street is The Botanist and new to the scene is The Oarsman. For a boogie try Baroosh, a contemporary over-21s venue offering reasonably-priced cocktails. In nearby Cookham, there are some really characterful pubs try The Kings Arms, Bel and The Dragon and The Crown. The Ferry near to Cookham Bridge is a pleasing way to spend a summer’s evening, set right next to the River Thames, and further down the river in nearby Maidenhead is Boulters, right on the lock. Down the river the other way, in Bourne End, you’ll find the excellent Bounty.

For a more relaxing experience, visit the boutique-style Everyman Cinema in Gerrards Cross. A cut above your average multiplex, its swanky bar and squashy armchair seats take you right back to Hollywood era glamour. Treat yourself to drinks and food delivered direct to your table while enjoying a movie. Not showing what you want to see? Then there’s plenty of choice in nearby High Wycombe – there’s the out-of-town Empire and also the Cineword cinema in the heart of the town centre. The cinema is handily located next to a bowling alley and choice of familiar eateries, including Pizza Express, Nandos and Wagamama.


Our picks


The Old Thatched Inn
Pouring a beer

Main Street, Adstock, Buckingham MK18 2JN

The Old Thatched Inn offer a unique blend of high-quality dining, hosted in a relaxed and comfortable environment, serving locally-sourced food. It’s a lovely early 18th-century thatched inn that still boasts traditional beams and an inglenook fireplace. The spacious interior consists of a formal conservatory and a bar with comfy furniture and a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Visit website


The Bull & Butcher
Men drinking beer

The Square, Akeley, Buckingham MK18 5HP

Surrounded by beautiful farm land in the north of Buckinghamshire, The Bull and Butcher in Akeley offers a warm, friendly atmosphere, great bar area and a seasonally fresh menu. Chef Johny Richardson has developed a vibrant, classic menu that appeals to everyone. A lovely garden fit for children and dogs is complemented by a developing wine and beer list. Visit website


The Stables
Live music

Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU

The Stables is a world-class music venue presenting a year-round programme featuring the very best music and musicians around. Pop, jazz, folk, blues, classical, world and much more besides. Its diverse programme continues to attract musicians respected as leading exponents of their genre whilst providing performing opportunities for emerging artists. Initiatives such as “Live From The Stables” provided a platform for emerging talent. Visit website


The Old Brewery
Beer taps

82, 84 High Street, Marlow SL7 1AX

If you’re looking for sports, head to The Old Brewery, a relatively new bar with Sky and BT, showing all the latest action on three large TVs, one huge projector screen and four smaller TVs with their own little booths. Full table service is available throughout the big matches. Visit website


The Spade Oak
Wine glasses

Coldmoorholme Lane, Bourne End SL8 5PS

Located between Marlow and Bourne End you’ll find The Spade Oak, which, just set off the Thames, is a charming place to stop for a cooling outdoor drink and a tasty lunch before bracing a river walk. Look out for Enid Blyton’s cottage down the lane. Visit website


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