Buckinghamshire has a diverse restaurant scene and here are some of the best places to eat. Fine dining can be found all over Bucks and Sindhu at the MacDonald Compleat Angler Hotel is very popular. Opened in 2014 by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, Sindhu offers ‘the very best of traditional Indian cuisine in a contemporary manner’. Along the road you’ll find another gem, The Vanilla Pod. The discreet dining room – once home to poet T.S. Elliot – features sociably round tables with high-backed chairs to give a sense of privacy and spaciousness. The final big hitter in Marlow’s canon is The Oak Room at Danesfield House. A romantic light-panelled dining room, you can sink into your large, comfortable arm chair and enjoy the chef’s delicious food.
Pubs with good grub worth a mention include The Polecat Inn, Great Missenden; The Birch, Milton Keynes; Grouse & Ale, High Wycombe; Crooked Billet, Newton Longville; The Royal Oak, Bovingdon Green; The Kings Head, Ivinghoe and The White Horse, Hedgerley. A major player in the gastropub armoury has been Tom Kerridge’s The Coach in Marlow. Kerridge took on the site in 2014 and has already turned it into one of the country’s top eating destinations, serving up a menu of small, tapas-style dishes.
7A St Paul’s Court, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11 1LJ
One of the most unusual places to eat in Buckinghamshire has to be Calcutta Brasserie. Situated in a converted 17th-century chapel in the pretty coaching town of Stony Stratford, this restaurant is a hit with the locals who have voted it the best Indian in the area. The restaurant pride themselves on preparing every single dish freshly, using authentic and naturally-sourced organic and free-range ingredients. Visit website
5 Savoy Crescent, Milton Keynes MK9 3PU
Taipan is based in the heart of Milton Keynes’ Theatre district. The food combines high quality and the freshest of ingredients hand-picked by the chefs to create a very modern take on traditional Chinese dishes. The chefs have worked in some of the highest profile restaurants in East Asia including the 5-star Shanghai Hilton and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, because of their experience, the restaurant is able to offer a wide selection of the highest quality dishes. Visit website
35 Church Lane, Weston Turville, Aylesbury HP22 5SJ
Two spacious dining rooms at The Chequers serve a seasonally-changing and reasonably-priced menu of locally-sourced produce, but the Chequers is best known for its formidable reputation for steak. Expect the very best quality 100-day-aged, grain-fed Australian beef with different cuts cut to size and shape to order and prepared in front of you on the feature Butcher’s Block in the main dining room. Your cut is then cooked specifically to how you like it. Attentive staff are very knowledgeable about each cut of beef and can recommend wines to go with your particular beef dish. Visit website
The Grill Steakhouse
The Exchange, Exchange Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UR
The Grill Steakhouse serves the tastiest steak in Buckinghamshire! Customers should expect the highest quality produce delivered to their plate by skilled artisans. All the steak cuts are amongst the very best available. Painstakingly sourced from the highest quality Belted Galloway and other select native breeds. Visit website
40-42 Spittal Street, Marlow SL7 1DB
Suum Kitchen is a family-run restaurant and a pioneer when it comes to traditional Vietnamese home-cooked food in Marlow. Suum is situated at the peaceful Angler Courts setting off Marlow’s high street. The restaurant interior is carefully lit, reminiscent of Vietnamese culture and its charm to enhance the traditional dining experience. The small but selective drinks list is perfectly paired with the menu. Visit website
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