The Stag & Huntsman

4.5
208 Reviews
£25 and under
British
There are a few villages in the United Kingdom that can lay claim to the natural beauty of Hambleden - listed in 2013 as one of The Times" '30 Best Villages in Britain'.
Nestled into the Chiltern Hills, between Henley and Marlow and just up from the River Thames, Hambleden can only be described as quintessentially English.
Benefiting from the care of the Culden Faw Estate and the protection of The National Trust, the village is one that time forgot, with few changes over the last century.
The Stag and Huntsman, lovingly restored by The Estate under the auspices of heritage architecture, Ptolemy Dean, maintains the old world charm of a Country Inn. With a focus towards the local community - Hambleden and the local residents - myriad of small and cosy drinking and eating spaces within the Inn, the nine letting bedrooms and the pretty garden also provide a resting place and watering hole for those who travel further distances to the village.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 208 people are saying
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Noony
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A fab pub with rooms. The room and breakfast was exceptional value for money. Staff were all great - extremely polite, friendly and helpful. Good evening meal too. Would certainly recommend.

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Hippy
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a quiet Monday evening, the staff were very attentive, the food was good, we have been before and we will go again.

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RosemaryB
Oxford
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great choice of menu with some unusual 'mains' a touch of the Caribbean ....
Excellent flavours and and good service, lovely friendly and cheerful staff..

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IrinaF
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lovely countryside pub in the heart of the Chilterns

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JonathanC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was friendly but quite slow. My dish was not as good as hoped. Otherwise a good venue in an attractive village location

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Hils
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Very pleasant staff and surroundings. Food was fabulous. Two areas let the overall experience down. Firstly items left on shelves and tables from previous customers and secondly the wait for food and resupply of drinks was poor. Better attention to detail and improve customer service.

That said I would return as they were nice staff, good food in a great location.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Sent the meal back twice. The vegetables were not cooked properly.
Ordered the Buddha bowl. Disappointing. Half an avocado with green salad and a chunk of cold tofu. Flavourless. Topped off with uncooked cauliflower. Such a disappointment

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vipMatilda2
Berkshire
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Nothing on website to say that it’s a pay and display car park and that if you go inside pub put your reg in its FREE
Had booked but told to sit anywhere outside! Very busy!!
Gave up after the third asking for drinks as no one would take the order .
Only had a main course just to difficult to order anything else
The meal we did get was good with plenty of gravy.
Not sure if I’d go back, it was Bank holiday Sunday but just not enough waiting staff or bar staff

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Sunday lunch, clearly not enough staff

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TraceyR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A couple of the waiters/waitress’ were not totally up to date with the menu being offered.

Also, service charged being added to a drinks bill seems a bit extreme!

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wyepeter
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal, beautifully presented and served in good time. The seating was comfortable, in the shade and suitably spaced out. Though we arrived early, this was no problem. The waiter and waitress were charming and nothing was too much trouble.

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NickL
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb lunch. Thanks so much for making it nice and relaxed. Would highly recommend. What a beautiful garden and ambience. Staff are superb and helpful. 5*

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ChrisB
Bristol
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant all round hotel. Great service and food in the restaurant and very friendly and helpful staff. A beautiful location and a really pretty building. We will definitely start again if we are in the area

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Ilikegoodfood
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good and service brilliant.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, we both had the steak then the creme brûlée and amaretti affogato,. The steak was cooked exactly to order and perfect.The service was great and speedy and very attentive.Great atmosphere (we ate in the garden) great to see it is dog friendly with even a tap barrel station for dog water. Already recommended to someone else who has booked in for next week … well done all ,look forward to coming back 5*

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vipatc13
London
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice garden, appropriate volume and style of music, good South African bbq. Dog friendly. We will be back. Thanks.

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SueD
Wales
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely Pub/ Restaurant in a fab setting, good food and friendly service.
Highly recommended, we will return 😊

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TomB
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Nice garden and layout. Covid safe but meal was an hour late and went cold. Staff were great and adjusted the bill without being asked
Id go back but nothing immediately

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant birthday lunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday lunch - the mixed roast was a crowd pleaser

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vipLady
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Food was not good at all, service was meh.... location is lovely and so is the dog!!!

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PaulH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back here, in the garden. Great service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A lovely pub garden with polite and helpful staff. Standard menu offering for a Sunday. Service was slow, 12:15 lunch booking we received our main course at 13:50. Food was OK, nothing amazing but nothing to grumble over other than The long wait.

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northampton63
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delicious food in the lovely garden, rather a long wait but we will be back

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NickL
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I think the food was ok, but being seated on rickety, old bar stools around a giant barrel isn’t conducive to a comfortable lunch.

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Paulal
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff
Thanks for a great evening

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BrianR
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely country pub with nice garden and cosy atmosphere. Comfortable seating area and good distance between tables. Excellent service from friendly cheerful staff.
Varied menu and high quality dishes , fish and chips excellent as was the seafood tagliatelle. Well worth a return visit soon.

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Shrimpshenanigans
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drink and lovely atmosphere, they also validate free parking

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AdamS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Covid-safe setup.
Friendly, helpful staff.
Lovely, fresh food at good value

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AllenS
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Myself and the kids ate here during the week the service was good however my burger was dry and not particularly flavoursome plus the bun was stale! We returned with my wife (who is a vegan) the following Sunday and the service was very slow and they had removed 3 out of 4 vegetarian/vegan options from the menu which only left a very poor quality Thai curry. We asked the waitress why they were removed she informed us it was to make room for the 2 Sunday meat roast options. We asked if there were any other options for a vegetarian and we were told no.
All in all were very disappointed with service and quality of the only vegetarian food option on a Sunday.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really nice setting, good food but not many options for veggies

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seamusb
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect pub garden - great food and very attentive staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Singapore
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

V arrived there and they told us that open table had no right to make a reservation. Furthermore they said that open table made a mistake and could never give a reservation at 11 am as they open only at 12pm. V drove all the way from central London and the manner in which v were spoken to by the man at the restaurant was dismissive and rude. Either open table or the restaurant owe us an apology, if not both.

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SandraL
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal post lockdown . The Stag has a lovely sheltered garden , perfect for chilly days . Lovely food , great staff . Excellent all round .

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PatriciaM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a really lovely lunch at The Stag & Huntsman and would definitely return and recommend it.

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vipRichardL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as ever. Very warm welcome back. We'll be there again soon!

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FamilyGuy
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Eating outside in the sun in the Stag and Huntsman garden was very pleasant. The menu was varied, the food and beer were excellent. Prices were reasonable but service was on the slow side. Covid measures were in place.

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CliffordH
Buckinghamshire
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location,attractive garden with friendly and helpful service.
Good choice of Kid’s food and plenty of alternatives on main list.
All dishes well prepared and excellent standard.

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JennB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Stag and Huntsman, as ever the food was delicious, the staff friendly and attentive. And a bonus visit from Griffin delighted to my daughters. Can’t wait to go back.

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Dougie
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming South African staff who went the extra mile. I had a glass of mulled wine 🍷 which was delicious followed by loin of venison & my sister had a very large breast of duck. Both dishes were outstanding followed by mixed winter berry crumble. We were made to feel extremely welcome. A most enjoyable lunch. We shall be back. Dougie Simpson

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The Stag & Huntsman is rated 4.5 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.