We love where we live. We’re so lucky to live in this beautiful part of the world, surrounded by gorgeous countryside and yet just 30 minutes’ train ride away from London. I feel like we have the best of both worlds. Recently, the lovely chaps at booking.com asked about our favourite places to eat and stay in the Chilterns, and it’s honestly taken us lots of evenings of chat (and lots of bottles of wine) to narrow down our choices, such is the wealth of fabulous places throughout Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and beyond! Here, then, without further ado, is my perfect foodie weekend in the Chilterns. I do hope if you’re ever in the area, you’ll come and give some of these fab places a try!
Chilled out evening: cheese and wine at No 2 Pound Street, Wendover
No 2 Pound Street is one of our favourite places in the Chilterns: a friendly, independent wine shop and deli championing fabulous British produce. We pop in for a couple of glasses of wine (there are always a good selection of wines by the glass) and one of their delicious British deli platters, featuring a selection of British charcuterie and traditional hams served with fresh local bread, salad, chutney and pickles (£10.95).
The best breakfast: avo and eggs on toast at the Espresso Lounge, Tring
Our favourite breakfast location is the best kept secret in Tring – a little café on the high street called the Espresso Lounge. Mr E absolutely loves the coffee (and he’s very picky), the boys love the huge breakfasts and I always choose the delicious, lighter options. And if you’re feeling a little indulgent, Clare does the best cakes ever.
The perfect pub lunch at Heston’s Hind’s Head, Bray
Autumn calls for long, cosy pub lunches next to a roaring fire, and where better to treat yourself than Heston’s fabulous Hind’s Head at Bray? The gorgeous old 15th Century pub and restaurant has a fabulous menu with Heston’s twists on traditional pub fare (the Scotch egg is to die for), a delicious set Sunday lunch menu (£44) and some truly incredible desserts. Not cheap, but fabulous.
Marlow is just gorgeous, and the quirky Botanist is one of our favourite places to visit. Time it right (the first Saturday of the month) and book in for the bottomless brunch, featuring bottomless versions of some of their incredible cocktails, plus a choice of scrummy brunch options in the prettiest setting.
Drinks and dinner at The De Vere Latimer Estate
Our favourite local dining experience recently was at the brand new 1838 Restaurant & Bar, at The De Vere Latimer Estate in Chesham. The restaurant is warm, twinkly and pretty, with a stunning glass ceiling and an open kitchen. 1838 serves a locally sourced, seasonal and sustainable menu and has loads of gluten free and vegetarian options, plus a really good wine list. The food and service were both absolutely impeccable and we’re desperate to go back (particularly for these stunning veggie Scotch eggs).
Even better, I’ve got a refer a friend link, so if you fancy booking accommodation at the De Vere Latimer Estate through my Booking.com link, you’ll get a £20 cash saving too. Enjoy!