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Buckinghamshire: Annie Baileys Restaurant & BarChesham Road, Great Missenden , Phone: 01.494.865625
Reviewed by: Panda from UK, review #3009
Precise and impressive cooking in stylish country restaurant amongst Chiltern hills
Directions: On B485 between Chesham and Great Missenden - turn up hill from roundabout on A413.
This restaurant is set in what was obviously once a country pub - it is still laid out internally like a pub with a horseshoe bar, but now with a stylish pale decor. We had a spacious round table for four and one of the pleasant aspects of this place is that tables are of a decent size and not too crowded together. There is also a very inviting outdoor terrace, which we would love to have dined on if it had not been raining heavily !
Two of our party of four ate from the £12 (approx) set menu with two courses (£15 for 3 courses) - they chose coq au vin and aparagus risotto, followed by beautiful lemon tart and raspberry mousse desserts almost too pretty to eat. My daughter commented that her dessert was as wonderful to look at and eat as the oft-talked about one that she had in Paris. The coq au vin was very good , especially for the picky eater of the family, but the risotto was the only weak point of the meal: the rice too underdone and the whole dish too stodgy.
I had the quinea fowl from the a la carte menu and it was flavoursome and tender - the breast wrapped in pancetta, served with the leg on a bed of beans and potato. The presentation was beautifully done. My husband had steak and chips with field mushrooms, which was good quality meat cooked exactly as he had requested it. He followed with a cheesecake which looked quite small: he said it was quite intensely flavoured so it was just the right size. There is someone in the kitchen who really knows how to cook.
The service was a bit flustered, but friendly and the bill came to about £60 for the food, plus a very nice £20 bottle of wine.
The restaurant has a large car park - it is quite isolated, so a car would be vital. It is near the pretty town of Great Missenden, which was the long time home of the author Roald Dahl - the town has a recently installed museum dedicated to him and his characters, which attracts lots of young visitors. It, and many of the villages around with their distinctive flint and stone houses, are the setting for much of the 'Midsommer Murders' television detective series. The Chiltern Hills are also zigzagged with many marked hiking trails.
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