With the Chilterns Tourism Net­work

MARY TEBJE

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THE Chilterns has a sur­pris­ing share of Miche­lin star restau­rants, which the Miche­lin Guide will lead you to – ei­ther a pub or a coun­try house ho­tel.

There are also many other award-win­ning coun­try­side pubs and inns in the Chilterns of­fer­ing out­stand­ing food in beau­ti­ful set­tings.

The Hand and Flow­ers at Mar­low is the first pub in Bri­tain to earn the huge ac­co­lade of two Miche­lin Stars. The tal­ented team has also won the AA Restau­rant of the Year Award (Eng­land) for 2011/2012. The pub has rooms for vis­i­tors who won’t want to leave.

The Sir Charles Napier at Chin­nor is hard on its heels. It was awarded a Miche­lin Star in 2012 and in the same year, there was a Miche­lin Star for Adam Simmonds at Danes­field House, the coun­try house ho­tel over­look­ing the Thames just out­side Mar­low.

The Jolly Crick­eters at Seer Green won a Bib Gour­mand in the Miche­lin Guide 2012. The award (named after Biben­dum, the fa­mous ‘Miche­lin Man’) sin­gles this pub out as ‘an in­spec­tors’ favourite, of­fer­ing good food at mod­er­ate prices.’

The small Thames-side vil­lage of Bray near Mar­low is known as ‘the culi­nary vil­lage’ for its ex­cep­tion­ally fine din­ing.

‘Culi­nary al­chemist’ He­ston Blu­men­thal owns no fewer than three restau­rants here: The Fat Duck with its three Miche­lin Stars, The Crown, a 16th cen­tury inn with low beams and open fires and The Hinds Head, a Tu­dor build­ing which re­tains its re­lax­ing pub at­mos­phere.

The ri­val Wa­ter­side Inn, also with three Miche­lin Stars, is a French restau­rant par ex­cel­lence.

With so much ex­cel­lent food to choose from, the big­gest prob­lem will be mak­ing your mind up!

Please share your top picks for lo­cal places to see and ex­pe­ri­ences to en­joy all year round. We are on twit­ter @Vis­itChilterns, Pin­ter­est pin­ter­est. com/vis­itchilterns and In­sta­gram in­sta­gram.com/ thechilterns and if you use the #Chilterns hash­tag, we’ll share the best of your con­tri­bu­tions.

For more ideas and au­tumn in­spi­ra­tion on what to see and ex­plore nearby go to www. vis­itchilterns.co.uk.

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