Gerrards Cross Restaurants
12 restaurants in Gerrards Cross
Restaurants in Gerrards Cross:
Village Road, Denham, nr Gerrards Cross, UB9 5BH [Map]
In the great pub evolution there have, as always, been winners and losers. The weak have gone to the wall, the strong have survived, and the newcomers have led the renaissance. The emergence of modest groupings of revitalised pubs has brought some real stars, of which The Swan Inn is undoubtedly one, a verdict supported by the award of Bucks Dining Pub of the Year in The Good Pub Guide 2008, also shortlisted in the Morning Advertiser's Top 20 Pubs '08 in the country. Winning the prestigious Les Routiers Gastro Pub of the Year in 2011 is another feather in the cap.
The advantages of the Georgian double-fronted wisteria-covered building have been skilfully combined with new ideas, modern management with heart, and an adherence to being British that borders on patriotism. Character and atmosphere is there in abundance. In winter a large log fire is the centrepiece of a warmth that has both physical and human form aplenty. Every so often one comes across a pub whose regulars and visitors pay no heed to matters of status but get on with enjoying each others company, and the Swan is strongly of that ilk.
The fact that all this is to be found only a few miles from the London suburbs and two motorways should be a cause of delight to people for whom life is too short to bother about such trivialities as status. Equally as encouraging is the quality of the menu fielded by Head Chef Mark Snelling, with an emphasis on simple, stylish dishes that lack any fussiness and palaver. Start your meal with the aid of an eclectic range of choices that open with rustic breads with slow roast garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, or sautéed duck livers and hearts with crispy bacon, dandelion leaves and gooseberries. For bubble and squeak enthusiasts the Swan version has oak smoked bacon, free range poached egg and Hollandaise sauce astride it.
On, then, to the main event, some nine in number and changing when the season allows, with more than an eye lifted for the classic braised lemon and thyme ?Label Anglais? free range chicken with sweet potato fondant and broad bean broth, or the char-grilled 21-day aged British rib-eye steak with roast garlic butter and hand-cut chips. Side orders are like a refreshing gale blowing through the halls of lassitude which we exhibit in this country towards the proper presentation of vegetables. Baked cauliflower cheese with brioche crumb, sweet corn and spring onion fritters with chilli jam, or lemon buttered samphire - it doesn't come much better.
Meanwhile back in the sous chef department what stirs? Enough to rapidly dissolve any thoughts of being up to the brim, starting with rhubarb, ginger and polenta crumble with vanilla custard, vanilla crème brûlée with strawberry compôte, or chocolate pana cotta with violet ice cream. Of such treats are the dreams of Brits stuck in some desert hell-hole made.
To be able to finish on a high note is always a pleasure, though in truth writing about The Swan Inn has at no time been anything but a pleasure. This concerns that sometimes neglected department known as the wine list where the best efforts of good chefs are occasionally scuppered. Here there is a list which considering its relative brevity - sometimes seen as an advantage by wives and less than well informed husbands - produces a selection of great breadth, incredible pricing with few bottles straying above the £30 mark, and good credible choices under £20, with plenty of by-the-glass numbers, and a collection of pudding wines that will gladden the hearts of those so inclined.
So really there is absolutely no excuse for not making an early visit to this charming pub with restaurant, where all needs are met and where Robbie Burns himself would have been at ease. Consult their Website for all the latest on-goings, including menu changes that stalk the seasons.
English, Gastropub, Modern British
25-27 Station Road, Gerrards Cross, London, SL9 8ES [Map]
Café Rouge has over one hundred branches throughout Britain all offering a wide range of dishes drawn from the French cuisine. Slightly less than half their branches are in or close to London. Almost inevitably the décor and design of each restaurant differs from the others, but there is a general curtsy towards La France.
Many restaurants do an excellent breakfast, or shall we say petit dejeuner, at which such delights as scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toasted brioche, croque Madame, croissants and pain au chocolat make welcome appearances, and to their credit the English traditional gets top billing.
An array of small dishes takes in pulled pork pâté with French bread, and spicy beef and lamb sausage with harissa mayonnaise. Salads and pasta feature largely, as do baguettes and croques. Quick dishes, ideal for lunch, include slices of saucisson and cured pork loin with French bread.
Moving on to more serious stuff we find steaks, an 8oz bavette and thin cut rib eye, with a choice of béarnaise or peppercorn sauce. No French menu would be complete without the poulet jaune grille, pan-roasted breast of corn-fed chicken served on a warm taboulé of bulgar wheat and a medley of roasted vegetables with minted crème fraîche, or a steak frites before moving on to the crème brûlée, or the tart tatin. Almost invariably the coffee tastes like coffee should, something that sadly can all too often still not be said of our English restaurants, who depend too much upon technology and too little on the acquisition of a certain flair for this important conclusion to a meal.
By now we all know that the French, despite their distinctive habits when it comes to matters of satisfying the inner man, maintain a miraculous longevity of life. This is generally attributed to a number of causes, of which a measured consumption of decent wine is foremost. Café Rouge, you may be pleased to hear, encourages this with a well-chosen selection of French wines. Their prix fixe lunch and meals for children, both at a very reasonable figure, also offer excellent value.
Their Website will keep you updated on menu changes, news and other competitions and offers from the Café Society.
Christmas Party Menu - 3 courses £19.95 / Christmas Day Feast Menu £50 Book
20% off your total bill - Book our Christmas Party menu any time in November and get 20% off your total bill Book
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Ditton Road, Langley, Slough, SL3 8PT [Map]
12G Pilgrim Walk, Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7QE [Map]
There's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to rejuvenate your senses and Fego Caffe, with its pleasantly quaint continental ambience and comfortable atmosphere is an excellent place to visit with friends or colleagues. With their four locations spread across the UK, they are making their mark on the café scene and considering the delicious food they have on offer, it is hardly surprising they are becoming a welcome dining destination for many.
Coffee in all its forms is available and you are quite spoilt for choice, but do take a look at their breakfast menu with the delectable filled croissants, Panini baguettes, wraps, muffins and even a whole traditional English spread. Salads, pastas and burgers are adequate choices for other meals, while their desserts are simple but enticing, with a selection of cakes served with cream. For those who enjoy their tipple, there's a good selection of wines and spirits available to help ease along the meal.
Indigo House, Oxford Road, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7AL [Map]
Indigo Bar and Grill is a smart and contemporary addition to the culinary scene in Gerrards Cross and patrons will tell you that the pan Asian cuisine served at this restaurant is indeed some of the best. Everything about Indigo spells chic - consider the parquet floors and the modern, understated décor or the stylish bar which stocks numerous favourites and other interesting wines.
While the dishes you might find there seem typical, execution is anything but boring. If curries and rice based dishes are not your thing, then you could also opt for lighter alternatives such as baguettes, paninis and wraps. The lunchtime special meal offers great value, where a main course, rice or naan and a drink are charged very nominal rates. Relaxing options are also present with the grill and bar offering a respite along with some delicious cocktails and drinks.
High Street, Chalfont St. Peter, Gerrards Cross, SL9 9RA [Map]
45-47 Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8PE [Map]
Pizza, Takeaway / Carryout
16 Market Place, Chalfont St Peter, nr Gerrards Cross, SL9 9EA [Map]
El Boncena, located in the heart of Chalfont St Peter, focuses on enthralling diners with an exciting and intriguing fusion of Spanish tapas and Greek meze. An informal and lively atmosphere combines with a modest, yet gracefully designed, interior with vibrant abstract paintings hung on soft pastel hued walls and sunken ceiling lights that add character to the restaurant.
The cooking draws on authentic Spanish and Greek ingredients combined with a selection of local fresh produce to create an applause worthy selection of hot and cold tapas and meze to begin with a good variety of dishes to follow. Think traditional Spanish omelette with potatoes, peppers and onion; Greek Loukanika pork sausages, or pita bread with hummus followed by meat balls in a spicy tomato sauce or grilled whole sardines. Ring down the curtain on your meal with Marquesa de chocolate or the Catalonian styled vanilla flan, topped with caramelised sugar.
Greek, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Café Rouge has over one hundred branches throughout Britain all offering a wide range of dishes drawn from the French cuisine. Slightly less than half their branches are in or close to London.
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