My family and I have been visiting this quintessentially English and beautiful pub for more than 25 years, always adored the food, and it was always packed out and busy with just the best feeling when you walked in. It underwent refurbishment and new management between September 2011 and May 2012 and they have totally bulldozed the atmosphere. We have visited about times throughout the course of the year since and every experience has been awful. The staff, wonderfully attentive and sweet, were all obviously untrained, and didn't know a lot of the answers to questions we asked. The new management (with the exception of Claire) are awful, and don't seem to give a toss about what life used to be like before the group took over (Hillbrooke Hotels I believe) this place is a pub with an identity crisis. It is NOT supposed to be a hotel, not designed to be, and it doesn't work properly. Food and drink is suddenly disgustingly expensive and poor quality so no value for money! We used to sit in the public bar with our dog, so always chatted with local people, and it just seems that the Hotel group is just doing what it wants not what always worked for the village and people like myself who always came for good pub food and a lovely garden to sit in, and maybe a cosy fire to sit by in cold weather! The sooner the pub gets back to normal the better. I will not be returning. There is nothing attractive about a visit here any more, the staff from Hillbrooke are so unconcerned with people it is disgusting. Put it back to the way it was and you might get some more customers.
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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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