This review is about the food not the rooms which I have no experience of.
They have obviously spent a lot of money on this place whilst trying to maintain the old pub feel (keeping the snug bar etc) and good on them for that. In my view they just haven't got it quite right.
Massive schoolboy error not making the back bar bigger - this bar services the main part of the pub and is actually smaller than the snug bar. It serves as a massive bottle neck with an evitable queue of people jostling to get to the bar., especially on busy days when many walkers are out.
We went just after they reopened and they obviously had a few issues with snagging in the toilet (bits falling off the wall etc) and the food was very average. I found this surprising given the effort and time put into the refurb.
We decided to give it another go, so we went again Boxing Day and although the service was good (the 2 girls behind the bar were very attentive and friendly), the food just wasn't there.
Watery chicken curry, very average 'real steak mince' burger (tasted and looked like shop bought frozen one), although the venison cottage pie was ok.
If they got the food right, this place could be outstanding as it's a great venue. Must try harder!
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- Nestled into the Chiltern Hills, between Henley and Marlow and just up from the River Thames, The Stag & Huntsman, lovingly restored, maintains the old world charm of a village pub. With a focus towards the local community - Hambleden and the local residents - the myriad of small and cosy drinking and eating spaces within the pub, the nine letting bedrooms and the pretty garden also provide a resting place and watering hole for those who travel further distances to the village. ... more less
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