Address: Vale Road, Hawridge, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 2UG
One of the nicest pubs I've been into has to be the Rose and Crown Pub in Hawridge, Buckinghamshire. It has good reason for me to feel that way about it, the pub is the 2007 Central Southern Pub of the Year (Mid Chilterns CAMRA) as well as Cider Pub of the Year 2007.Tring Brewery. This was evident by pumps which take pride of place at the centre of the bar. Two of the four pumps contained Tring Brewery beers, Side Pocket and Santa's Helper. I didn't try them, but did try the cider they had on tap. Unfortunately none of the photos I took of the bar area turned out, and I can't remember the name of it (definitely a reason for a return visit!).
The staff were very helpful, as well as being attentive even though the bar wasn't particularly full. I consider this to be quite an important in pubs. Nothing is more annoying than being the only person at a bar, waiting to be served, while the staff do anything but serve you.
Another unfortunate thing is that we weren't able to try the food while we were there. It looked superb. The food prices were about average for a country pub. A Sunday roast would set you back around £10.00, with starters and desserts hovering around £5.00. Check their website for the current menu.
In conclusion, a very nice country pub. It will be revisited with a mind to sampling their menu and perhaps some of the ales available. Certainly I will be having another pint of the cider.