My Top Five Pubs in and around Beaconsfield
By ClaireMitch | Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 21:30
Beaconsfield and it's surroundings is blessed with more than its fair share of great pubs. For this piece I have taken on the task of picking my top five personal favourites, no mean feat as they all have something special to say about them.
My Top 5 Pubs in and around Beaconsfield
Winner of Pub of the Year in 2009 and Englands oldest freehouse with ale being served there for over 900 years this pub is full of charm and character. Specialising in traditional country cooking and serving locally sourced food 'that our ancestors ate in their homes' a meal here never disappoints. On top of that add an extensive selection of ales, whiskeys and wines and you have a pub that makes it hard to leave its cosy ambience.
Another freehouse this pub has its own special character. For me what makes it stand out are their Swan Burgers, with the English Burger dripping in Stilton being a particular delight. Made with free range grass fed beef originating from Daltons Farm I cannot argue with their claim that their 'burgers are quite simply one of the best you'll ever taste.' If you like music a great night tpo visit the Swan is Thursday which is their famed Open Mic Jam night. Its mainly intimate and acoustic but the night also often stages some unusual talent from beatboxer's to electric guitar solo's. The music starts at 9 and the bar serves until 1am on this fun night.
This is a pub that exudes class. It dates back to the 18th Century when it was a working coaching inn until the Great War. They also state it is even thought that the original site held a tavern as far back as the 12th century when it was a regular haunt of Richard I. A great seasonal menu with my current personal favourite being their rump of lamb. For me their breakfast menu is the best around and on Sundays after treating myself to one of these I love to chill out on their leather sofa's and read the paper ... heaven!
Slightly off the beaten track in Wooburn Green the Falcon is a friendly traditional pub. So traditional they even do the old school pub trips to the seaside in the Summer months. What makes this pub stand out are their wine tasting nights. Held on the first Thursday of every month this night is a gem in every sense of the word. Not only do you learn about how the wines are made and all the different elements involved with tasting them but you also get a fine cheese board at the end, and all for £10! Where else can you have a great night out for a tenner?
This bar is the new kid on the block and is quickly making a name for itself as the place to go for exotic cocktails. This gives the place a party atmosphere with everyone dressing for the occasion. From 4 - 8pm is their popular happy our when you can join their 'Experimental Drinkers Club'. Each happy hour has a broad theme aimed at providing the opportunity to try something new and exciting. The bar tenders are experts and make some delicious combinations.
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