Welcome to the Salisbury Pubs website. We hope you enjoy this little taster of our 4 wonderful pubs in and around the Chilterns: The Alford Arms in Frithsden near Berkhamsted; The Royal Oak in Bovingdon Green just outside Marlow; The Swan Inn in old Denham Village and last but not least, The Old Queens Head in Penn between Beaconsfield and Wycombe. We would love to hear your feedback on either the website or the pubs and look forward to seeing you for a drink or some eats in the very near future.
The Good Pub Guide 2013 came out last September and we were delighted to have not one, not two, but three reasons to celebrate. Firstly, The Royal Oak was named the Buckinghamshire 'Dining Pub of the Year' for the fourth time. Described as a: "Civilised dining pub with nice little bar, excellent choice of wines by the glass, real ales, good service and excellent food"; they went on to say that it was: "a smashing all-rounder and much enjoyed by our readers.". We are so proud of the whole Team, who have worked their magic yet again and proved just how good they are, in winning this for the third consecutive year, against some pretty serious competition.
Secondly, The Alford Arms also won a county award and was declared the Hertfordshire 'Dining Pub of the Year' for no less than the eigth time. As with its sister pub, The Alford garnered a few lovely words of praise: "Thriving dining pub with chic interior, good food from imaginative menu, and a thoughtful wine list" and though they recommend booking a table as: "it’s usually full to the brim with cheerful diners", our regulars know they can pop in at any time and just grab a table in the bar. As before, our hearty congratulations go to our lovely staff for all their efforts over the last year.
This takes our tally up to 13 and this is the 10th consecutive year that a Salisbury Pub has held a County Dining Award.
The third and final reason for our particularly great mood is that our other two fantastic pubs have also acheived main listings yet again. It just goes to show that our little family of lovely pubs are maturing nicely. They have been part of the Salisbury Clan for 14, 12, 10 and 7 years respectively and just keep going from strength to strength... hurrah!
Back in 2011, Les Routiers also awarded our lovely pub in Denham Village, The Swan Inn - Gastro Pub of the Year. The Team work very hard, never resting on their laurels, so they were chuffed to bits that their efforts have been recognised with such a prestigious gong. Now is a perfect time of year to try out the award-winning food, as The Swan just just introduced its Winter Menu (along with the other 3 pubs) and it is "Gastro Pub" fodder at its best. Chocabloc full of classic comfort food with plenty of twists on old favourites and a good balance of lighter dishes, there's something for everyone.
A LITTLE BIT OF SPRING WARMTH!
Well, let's wait until that fat lady sings, but Winter may be officially over.... hurrah! And what better way to celebrate than with some delicious food and a glass of what you fancy in a beautiful garden at one of our cosy pubs? Our new Spring menus are all going live in early April, so it seems we have got the timing right for once. The first of the new season wild garlic and nettles have made it into the kitchens. Soon to be followed by wood sorrel and the first of the English asparagus. Chiltern Spring lamb is now in abundance and our chefs are promising some wonderful, fresh, seasonal flavours along with a little bit of comfort food until it gets really warm.
We are chuffed to have some great local suppliers on board, such as Potash Farm near Tring who produce the most wonderfully succulent and tasty free range chicken for the the Alford and the Swan, plus we have some lovely duck and bantom eggs sourced from Ashley Green; Bucksum Farm in Long Crendon are now supplying home grown leaves and rhubarb to The Royal Oak; all the dairy produce for our 3 Bucks pubs is from a farm in Harefield, as well as free range eggs, which come from Stokes Farm in Berkshire.
Of course, we won't be putting our log fires to bed just yet, as we hate to tempt fate and as they say: a puppy isn't only for Christmas and nor are we. Open 7 days a week, all year round, we are equally as pleased to see you on a freezing April Monday as we are on a sunny Saturday in May.
Please do remember also that you don't need to reserve a table to enjoy our lovely grub. We always keep tables back in the bars and it could even turn out to be more fun not being in the dining rooms.......rubbing shoulders with the regulars! And the team will always find you a table, it just may take a couple of G 'n T's while you're waiting.
With our boys and girls ready for all occasions (and weather!): be it some comfort food and a bit of R & R; a proper catch-up with your mates over a beer or the first sunny days in the garden (with one of our blankets if it's still cool), we're here to look after you and feed your soul as well as your tummy! Don't forget to join us from 11am every weekday morning or through the afternoons when you can take advantage of our free WiFi if you can't face the long trudge to work.
Our wine list has garnered much press and praise by offering not only 22 yummy wines by the glass, but also sourcing them all from Europe. 'Old World' may be the geographical terminology, though there’s nothing old-hat about the choice available in all 5 of the pubs.
THE GUIDE BOOKS
You can also find all our pubs in all the main guide books, such as Michelin Eating out in Pubs Guide, The Michelin Guide, The Good Pub Guide, The AA Good Pub Guide, AA Britain's Best Pubs Guide, Alastair Sawdays Pubs & Inns of England & Wales, Hardens and Les Routiers.
Please click on the images below to go to the pubs individual websites