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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!
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