Surprised no one has reviewed The Swan so far, as it is one of the better eating pubs for miles around, in a nice location and stocking some excellent real ales.
Around half way between Bovingdon and Chesham, taking a route called Botley Road, it is one of two next door pubs (the other being The Crown) in Blackwell Hall Lane opposite the Ley Hill cricket ground.
The Swan is an attractive timber framed series of buildings much adapted and extended over hundreds of years. There's seating outside the front, and a very pleasant garden with further tables to the rear. Parking is not an issue - no yellow lines round here.
There's a nice selection of very well kept real ales, with a changing guest - the superb Harvest Pale from the Castle Rock Brewery on our most recent visit. Also had Addlestones Cloudy Cider on draft. There's a short but wide-ranging in styles wine list of about 15+ different bottles mostly in the £15 - £30 range. Mark up looks to be about twice retail price, which is reasonable.
The landlord is pleasant enough, and runs the bar. The landlady (I assume) who rules the dining side is tremendous: totally helpful, concerned everything is as it should be and everyone is having a good time, making all feel welcome and comfortable.
The menu is quite short, as one would expect where everything is prepared fresh in-house, but is a well thought out and balanced selection so most will be able to find something appealing. All the dishes our party tried were excellently cooked and presented. The roast potatoes - always something of a benchmark for me as in so many establishments they fail to impress - accompanying the nicely pink roast sirloin, were close to perfection. The bill for five of us - three courses and drinks - came in around £150.
We have had four or five meals here for various family occasions in the last three or four years, and every one of them has been excellent.