After a wonderful experience at The Three Oaks in Gerrards Cross, we chose a cold February afternoon to try out its sister restaurant, No5 London End in Beaconsfield.
Arriving at the quirky restaurant in the centre of the town, we were immediately struck by its remarkable modern but old-fashioned-chic aesthetic; plain brick walls with mirrors under soft, intimate low lighting make for a comfortable, chic dining room. It isn’t the biggest of restaurants, seating around probably 30 people, but the big, open windows looking out onto the high street create a sense of space without ruining that close, cosy feeling.
No5’s menu is a varied tapestry of modern British cuisine so narrowing down our options was, in the best way possible, a difficult task. We ordered drinks as we perused the food choices and, ever trying to support local and small businesses, we went for a rhubarb and crisp apple soda from Cawston press (not far north of Bucks) and a cream soda from the wonderful Soda Folk, a small, London-based drinks company.
We opted for one chicken dish and a burger (what’s a review without trying the burger?) to get the best idea of what the menu had to offer. The chicken was a great dish, tenderly cooked that really melted in the mouth with a tomato-based, chorizo and butterbean cassoulet that gave it a Spanish-influenced impression.
However, it was the burger that really stole the show. Cooked to a perfect medium-rare, the patty itself was well-seasoned and encased within a homemade bun alongside sweet smoked cheddar and a pickle complimented against a tart tomato jam. It also came with some delicious salty frites with mayonnaise on the side too.
The desserts were a lovely treat; rhubarb cheesecake, a deconstructed version of a classic and the milk chocolate crémeux containing crunchy chunks of honeycomb under citrus orange sorbet that blended well with the rich chocolate.
No5 served up an absolute treat, and their varied menus would suit any palette. They’re able to cater to any diet and make changes to their dishes as needed, be it dairy-free, nut-free, vegan or gluten-free; in the crémeux we swapped out the chocolate soil for milk crumb to make it gluten-free.
So for a casual lunch, a full-on dinner date, or even a whole party of people (there’s a private dining room upstairs that can seat up to 24) No5 London End is an ideal place to go.