On a damp and dreary January day we headed to the rural village of Hawridge.
Our Buckinghamshire voyage of discovery started 7 years ago, and we are pleased to report we probably have another 7 years of discovery still to do. Hawridge, and the Full Moon pub, are one of our greatest discoveries.
Nestled in the rolling Chiltern hills, just outside of Chesham, are the tiny villages of Hawridge and Cholesbury. Here you can find an iron age hill fort; we didn’t manage to find it because, we will admit, we went a bit off-piste with the map! There’s a windmill, some handcrafted artisan sheep, a stone obelisk, erected in 1898 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, a fantastic pub and miles upon miles of criss-crossing footpaths with both open views of the countryside and sheltered woodlands.
The drizzle didn’t put us off and we had a lovely walk, well more of a slip and a slide really as the mud was horrendous! We spotted these amazing sheep in the middle of a field which were an unexpected discovery. Had the sun been shining we would have persevered with the map and soldiered on to find the hill fort but …. the Full Moon pub beckoned and as our socks were soggy we headed there.
It was an absolute delight to sit in front of one of the Full Moon’s 5 open fires, drying ourselves out. The welcome was very warm from owner Hannah Matthews and the food, cooked to order by Head Chef Andrew O’Connor, was delicious. We both opted for the fishcakes which we can highly recommend. The Full Moon is a lovely old traditional pub with nooks and crannies, separate bar and restaurant seating (dogs are welcome in the bar) and a large room for private functions. It’s all very oldy-worldy. The garden is huge and in the summer, on a nice day, you can sit outside and watch the sun set behind the windmill we were told.
Decent country pubs, full of tradition, are few and far between these days. The Full Moon pub ticks all the boxes and we are very much looking forward to returning; it is definitely one worth visiting.