With the Chilterns Tourism Net­work


Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - WHAT'S IN THIS WEEKEND - @Vis­itChilterns, pin­ter­est.com/ vis­itchilterns com/thechilterns, in­sta­gram. Mary Tebje is press of­fi­cer for Chilterns Tourism Net­work

THE au­tum­nal flavours of cream of cele­riac velouté, lo­cally sourced Had­den­ham lamb, and choco­late and chilli tart marked the change of sea­sons at the lovely Rus­sell Arms pub in But­lers Cross.

After fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture on an an­cient junc­tion at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, vil­lagers formed a res­cue group to save their much-loved land­mark from de­cay, a build­ing that had been in use for the past 250 years.

Once a coach­ing house turned ser­vants’ quarters for staff at Che­quers, the nearby prime min­is­te­rial coun­try re­treat, the pub con­tin­ues to serve re­fresh­ments to the cur­rent in­cum­bent when he (or she), is in res­i­dence.

Not far away, the team be­hind Wen­dover’s fa­mous cheese and wine shop, No.2 Pound Street, heard about the plight of this de­light­ful coun­try pub, de­cid­ing there and then to re­store the Rus­sell Arms to its for­mer glory.

Hours of sheer hard work has re­sulted in the Rus­sell Arms now back as the hub of the com­mu­nity, com­plete with open fires, stone flagged floors, large din­ing room and split level gar­dens.

It is this part­ner­ship of hos­pi­tal­ity, food and wine that is very much in ev­i­dence now, as I sam­pled the new au­tum­nal menu with guests who in­cluded David Ni­chols, a lo­cal butcher who has been in the meat trade all his life and was re­spon­si­ble for the suc­cu­lent Had­den­ham lamb now on our plates.

The wines were cho­sen spe­cially by Mike of No.2 Pound Street, who has an amaz­ing knowl­edge and searches for mak­ers who are not mass-pro­duc­ing or in­ter­fer­ing with the nat­u­ral process too much. He hosts reg­u­lar wine-tast­ings at his shop and if, like me, you are look­ing for new and rea­son­ably priced wines, then speak to him. Visit www.rus­sel­larms.co.uk. It is al­ways a plea­sure to see how a lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity business can breathe life back into a com­mu­nity, support lo­cal food pro­duc­ers and serve in­spi­ra­tional fare.

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The Rus­sell Arms pub was saved from clo­sure by the vil­lagers of But­lers Cross and is now a popular des­ti­na­tion for lovers of good food

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