We spent a night at the Stag & Huntsman following a visit to the Chiltern Valley Vineyard nearby.
We arrived early at about 1.30 p.m. but our room was ready and we were kindly allowed to check in although normally check in is at 3 p.m. That was a good start and we were happy with our room Cannons Wood, very nice "old style" decor with a large bathroom, exposed stonework and lots of antique features. The rather expensive Roberts radio was appreciated too, proper cafetiere coffee for the morning and some lovely posh tea bags ! Even a copy of the Tatler to read.
We had dinner in the evening in the restaurant which was very good, especially my husband's fillet steak which he pronounced the best he had had in a long time. The barman and dinner waiting staff were excellent.
Breakfast was a bit more haphazard, we waited 15 minutes for service and that was only after I made an appearance in the kitchen to ask for coffee. Things then speeded up thankfully. The breakfast buffet was very depleted at 9.30 a.m. Poached eggs were hard. However, the quality of the orange juice, coffee, sausages, bacon etc was very good.
The only other slight negative is the presence of aircraft in the area getting ready to land at Heathrow, there is discernible noise although it will not be an issue to everyone - we live in deepest north Oxfordshire in a very quiet spot so do tend to notice noise more than others.
In all staying at the Stag & Huntsman was a pleasure, and we would recommend it to friends. The village is also lovely to wander round and a reminder of old England if you are of a certain age which regrettably we are !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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