Hugh & Rachel's Guide

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Hugh & Rachel's Guide

Local Towns
Within the local area there are also several slightly larger towns which offer more choice when it comes to eating out and also larger supermarkets which may be more suitable if you’re doing larger shops. The main ones to note are:
Wendover is an ancient market town which sits on the northern edge of the stunning area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) which is The Chiltern Hills. The town hosts all the expected facilities you would expect of a settlement its size, including two small supermarkets (Budgens and Tesco Express), a Post Office, multiple cafés, pubs and restaurants and a pharmacy. There is also a doctor’s surgery which is conveniently located across the road from 69 Aylesbury Road – hopefully it isn’t needed. On the food front, you are somewhat spoilt for choice. Rumsey’s is an excellent chocolate shop which makes a fantastically rich mocha. No2 Pound Street stocks an excellent array of wines, cheese and craft beer. Well worth a visit on a lazy Saturday. Tres Corazones is also brilliant (though expensive) if some tapas takes your fancy while Lucca is a very good Italian restaurant. There are also a few takeaways in town offering Indian, Thai, Chinese and Fish & Chips. The highlight of these takeaways would probably be the Wendover Plaice chippy (next to Tesco) which offers great, good value fish and chips – though we’d probably avoid McCoy’s in the town centre. Finally, if you’re after a country pub, we would recommend the King & Queen in Wendover for its edgy ambience and great real ale selection, The Shoulder of Mutton for a friendly family orientated environment or The Russell Arms in nearby Butler’s Cross for something slightly more refined. The town also benefits from a huge variety of walks which are easily accessible; either by a short drive or a walk. The closest walks to the house centre around the obsolete Wendover Arm of the Union Canal. It’s beautiful during the winter and opens out onto a lake at Weston Turville if you walk far enough. Wendover Woods also hosts some managed tracks which are great for exercising dogs, a Park Run also uses this as a circuit on Saturday mornings. The Woods also play host to a GoApe rope walking centre and a mountain bike centre if you’d like to do something with a slightly higher tempo. However, our personal favourite of the walks is Coombe Hill. This is the highest point of The Chiltern Hills, it’s a 30-minute walk from the cottage to the “summit”. From the top of the hill you can see right over to Oxford on a clear day, however, its closer neighbour is Chequers – country house and retreat of the Prime Minister. You may well bump into the occasional convoy of police cars and armoured Jags in Wendover at the weekends. Wendover sits on the Chiltern Line, from its station (a five-minute walk from the cottage) you can get into London Marylebone in 50 minutes (quicker trains do run through the rush hour). There’s a very good café at the station too if you need some food for the journey.
Wendover
Wendover is an ancient market town which sits on the northern edge of the stunning area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) which is The Chiltern Hills. The town hosts all the expected facilities you would expect of a settlement its size, including two small supermarkets (Budgens and Tesco Express), a Post Office, multiple cafés, pubs and restaurants and a pharmacy. There is also a doctor’s surgery which is conveniently located across the road from 69 Aylesbury Road – hopefully it isn’t needed. On the food front, you are somewhat spoilt for choice. Rumsey’s is an excellent chocolate shop which makes a fantastically rich mocha. No2 Pound Street stocks an excellent array of wines, cheese and craft beer. Well worth a visit on a lazy Saturday. Tres Corazones is also brilliant (though expensive) if some tapas takes your fancy while Lucca is a very good Italian restaurant. There are also a few takeaways in town offering Indian, Thai, Chinese and Fish & Chips. The highlight of these takeaways would probably be the Wendover Plaice chippy (next to Tesco) which offers great, good value fish and chips – though we’d probably avoid McCoy’s in the town centre. Finally, if you’re after a country pub, we would recommend the King & Queen in Wendover for its edgy ambience and great real ale selection, The Shoulder of Mutton for a friendly family orientated environment or The Russell Arms in nearby Butler’s Cross for something slightly more refined. The town also benefits from a huge variety of walks which are easily accessible; either by a short drive or a walk. The closest walks to the house centre around the obsolete Wendover Arm of the Union Canal. It’s beautiful during the winter and opens out onto a lake at Weston Turville if you walk far enough. Wendover Woods also hosts some managed tracks which are great for exercising dogs, a Park Run also uses this as a circuit on Saturday mornings. The Woods also play host to a GoApe rope walking centre and a mountain bike centre if you’d like to do something with a slightly higher tempo. However, our personal favourite of the walks is Coombe Hill. This is the highest point of The Chiltern Hills, it’s a 30-minute walk from the cottage to the “summit”. From the top of the hill you can see right over to Oxford on a clear day, however, its closer neighbour is Chequers – country house and retreat of the Prime Minister. You may well bump into the occasional convoy of police cars and armoured Jags in Wendover at the weekends. Wendover sits on the Chiltern Line, from its station (a five-minute walk from the cottage) you can get into London Marylebone in 50 minutes (quicker trains do run through the rush hour). There’s a very good café at the station too if you need some food for the journey.
Slightly further afield than Tring, is Berkhamsted. The towns share much in common, including the train link to London (even quicker if you’re heading to London). Parking is free if you can find it in the town’s streets. Berkhamsted is arguably a more cosmopolitan place than Tring, hosting even more cafés and an even greater variety of restaurants. It also plays host to several great antiques shops and some artisan clothes shops. We’d recommend visiting Fred and Ginger for coffee, Here for brunch and Rosanna’s for a great Italian. Thai Cottage is also brilliant if you fancy something a little spicier (it’s great value too). Berko is also home to the art-deco Rex cinema. A charmingly alternative cinematic experience that you won’t forget in a hurry. It’s certainly worth booking in advance. The town is also close to the Ashridge estate which is great for walking amongst the parkland. Afterwards head to The Alford Arms for a pint and some wholesome food.
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Berkhamsted
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Slightly further afield than Tring, is Berkhamsted. The towns share much in common, including the train link to London (even quicker if you’re heading to London). Parking is free if you can find it in the town’s streets. Berkhamsted is arguably a more cosmopolitan place than Tring, hosting even more cafés and an even greater variety of restaurants. It also plays host to several great antiques shops and some artisan clothes shops. We’d recommend visiting Fred and Ginger for coffee, Here for brunch and Rosanna’s for a great Italian. Thai Cottage is also brilliant if you fancy something a little spicier (it’s great value too). Berko is also home to the art-deco Rex cinema. A charmingly alternative cinematic experience that you won’t forget in a hurry. It’s certainly worth booking in advance. The town is also close to the Ashridge estate which is great for walking amongst the parkland. Afterwards head to The Alford Arms for a pint and some wholesome food.
Tring is much smaller than Aylesbury. It’s a pretty market town which has a host of coffee shops and restaurants on its main street. These cater for a variety of budgets and tastes, though we would certainly recommend Black Goo (great coffee), The Craft Yard (great gin) and Crockers (great food). It also has a very large and easily accessible Tesco, which is opposite Tring Brewery (worth a visit if you’re partial to real ale. The town (like much of the area) is intrinsically linked to the Rothschild family. It’s due to this that link that it’s home to The Natural History Museum (sister to the London variant). It also sits two miles from Tring Station which is on the West Coast Mainline and allows quick travel to London Euston and Milton Keynes (less than 30 minutes to each on the right train).
Tring
Tring is much smaller than Aylesbury. It’s a pretty market town which has a host of coffee shops and restaurants on its main street. These cater for a variety of budgets and tastes, though we would certainly recommend Black Goo (great coffee), The Craft Yard (great gin) and Crockers (great food). It also has a very large and easily accessible Tesco, which is opposite Tring Brewery (worth a visit if you’re partial to real ale. The town (like much of the area) is intrinsically linked to the Rothschild family. It’s due to this that link that it’s home to The Natural History Museum (sister to the London variant). It also sits two miles from Tring Station which is on the West Coast Mainline and allows quick travel to London Euston and Milton Keynes (less than 30 minutes to each on the right train).
Amersham (particularly Amersham Old Town) is gorgeous. It’s a real jewel of the Chilterns and is well worth a visit en-route to High Wycombe or West London. There are a number of great cafés (the two Grocer outlets particularly). The town is also the new home of a Michelin star which has recently been awarded to the fantastic Artichoke restaurant. Bookings are difficult to come by, but if you’re interested in a special meal, it’s well worth looking into. There are also a number of designer boutiques in the town including Jigsaw and Whistles. It sits on the same trainline as Wendover (The Chiltern Line), however, if you’re travelling into London it may also be worth noting that the Metropolitan line does start from Amersham. Bear it in mind if you’re travelling to East or Central London and ant a weather proof route. On the way to Amersham you’ll pass Great Missenden (home of the late great Roald Dahl). It’s also home to a rather excellent farm shop; Peterley Farm. The shop itself is seriously impressive, if on the slightly pricier side of your standard grocery shop. However, it’s the filling and totally delicious breakfasts that truly deserve mention. They also hold events here such as film nights.
Amersham
Amersham (particularly Amersham Old Town) is gorgeous. It’s a real jewel of the Chilterns and is well worth a visit en-route to High Wycombe or West London. There are a number of great cafés (the two Grocer outlets particularly). The town is also the new home of a Michelin star which has recently been awarded to the fantastic Artichoke restaurant. Bookings are difficult to come by, but if you’re interested in a special meal, it’s well worth looking into. There are also a number of designer boutiques in the town including Jigsaw and Whistles. It sits on the same trainline as Wendover (The Chiltern Line), however, if you’re travelling into London it may also be worth noting that the Metropolitan line does start from Amersham. Bear it in mind if you’re travelling to East or Central London and ant a weather proof route. On the way to Amersham you’ll pass Great Missenden (home of the late great Roald Dahl). It’s also home to a rather excellent farm shop; Peterley Farm. The shop itself is seriously impressive, if on the slightly pricier side of your standard grocery shop. However, it’s the filling and totally delicious breakfasts that truly deserve mention. They also hold events here such as film nights.
Finally, there is Princes Risborough. The town, like Wendover, is nestled in the shadow of the Chiltern Hills and similarly it has great access to walks in and around the surrounding area. This includes Kop Hill which is home to a hill climb of the same name. Princes Risborough also has a train station which sits on the Chiltern Mainline, offering slightly quicker journeys to London (30 minutes) than Wendover and also a direct link to Bicester Village (20 minutes) and Oxford (40 minutes) if you wish to avoid the traffic. The town has a number of pubs and restaurants as well as a Marks and Spencer’s supermarket. One of the highlights of its culinary scene is the nearby Coco Tamarind – a great Indian restaurant – which is brilliant for a meal out. Conveniently the restaurant will also deliver to Wendover which is something of a novelty.
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Princes Risborough
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Finally, there is Princes Risborough. The town, like Wendover, is nestled in the shadow of the Chiltern Hills and similarly it has great access to walks in and around the surrounding area. This includes Kop Hill which is home to a hill climb of the same name. Princes Risborough also has a train station which sits on the Chiltern Mainline, offering slightly quicker journeys to London (30 minutes) than Wendover and also a direct link to Bicester Village (20 minutes) and Oxford (40 minutes) if you wish to avoid the traffic. The town has a number of pubs and restaurants as well as a Marks and Spencer’s supermarket. One of the highlights of its culinary scene is the nearby Coco Tamarind – a great Indian restaurant – which is brilliant for a meal out. Conveniently the restaurant will also deliver to Wendover which is something of a novelty.
Honestly, it’s not the nicest town, however, it is very convenient. It houses many larger shops and facilities including most high street banks. It also has a large Tesco and a Waitrose as well as high street restaurants including a Wagamama’s and Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK). The town is also the home of the Waterside Theatre and a mainstream cinema should you wish for any entertainment during your stay. Traffic can get really bad in the town during peak times, so make sure that you visit outside rush hour to avoid queuing for too long.
Aylesbury
Honestly, it’s not the nicest town, however, it is very convenient. It houses many larger shops and facilities including most high street banks. It also has a large Tesco and a Waitrose as well as high street restaurants including a Wagamama’s and Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK). The town is also the home of the Waterside Theatre and a mainstream cinema should you wish for any entertainment during your stay. Traffic can get really bad in the town during peak times, so make sure that you visit outside rush hour to avoid queuing for too long.
Food scene
Great places in the local area to eat, drink and enjoy some top locations.
Peterley Manor Farm
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Alford Arms
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Russell Arms
2 Chalkshire Rd
No2 Pound Street
2 Pound St
Rumseys Chocolaterie
26 High St
Fred & Ginger Coffee
125 High St
Crockers Tring
74 High St
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The Artichoke
9 Market Square
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The Grocer at 15
Tres Corazones
4 Pound St
Lucca Restaurant & Bar
20 High St
King and Queen
17 South St
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Black Goo Coffee
98 High St
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Thai Cottage
149 High St
I Love Food
25 Lower Kings Rd
Coco Tamarind
The Mash Inn
Sightseeing
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Coombe Hill
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Ashridge Estate
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Activities
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The Rex Cinema
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Go Ape Wendover Woods
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Consejos para los viajeros

Desplazamientos
Further afield
Of course, it goes without saying that Wendover is very convenient if you’re planning to travel into London via the train. However, please do note, that it can sometimes be quicker to travel in from Tring, Berkhamsted or Prince’s Risborough - particularly on Sundays. Also bear in mind that the trains from Tring and Berkhamsted go to Euston (linking with the Northern and Victoria Underground Lines) while trains from Wendover and Prince’s Risborough terminate in Marylebone (linking with the Bakerloo and Metropolitan/Hammersmith & City/Circle line via Baker Street). It’s worth bearing this in mind if you’re travelling in as it may have a significant impact on your journey times. Check the Google Maps or Citymapper apps if you’re unsure. Perhaps just as easy is the trip by car across to Oxford. This journey will take about 45 minutes depending on traffic. Bicester Village is also in the same direction if you’d be interested in some retail therapy. As mentioned, both can be reached via direct trains from Prince’s Risborough too. In the opposite direction sits St Albans. A very pretty, small city that can be a welcome tonic from the hustle and bustle of London. It’s a 30-minute drive across to St Albans if you’re interested. There are of course plenty of other areas of interest to which you can also travel in the area, including both Windsor and Henley to the south which are also worth an afternoon’s visit. Do however bear in mind that the M40 and M25 can be horrifically busy at any time – though rush hour is a particular delight.