Before this month I hadn’t heard of Lye Green, despite living nearby in Amersham. It’s a small but characterful hamlet beyond Chesham on the way to Ashley Green.
The Black Cat encompasses the very meaning of a friendly local pub. When we visited on a Sunday lunch time, the vibe inside was very cosy, warm and full of people chatting and laughing. One group was playing dominoes from the collection of board games, and we were told by landlady Elaine that they are regulars who always sit at the same table, in the same seats.
Elaine and Louis took over The Black Cat when they discovered it abandoned, and its name was honoured by the birth of the now-resident cat, Rambo. The pub is adorned with black cat themed décor and trinkets, as well as an array of historical photographs of the pub and its surrounding areas.
The pub boasts an expansive beer garden, complete with a children’s play area and plenty of tables for those sunny summer days. Children are very welcome at all times, as are dogs.
Inside, there is a separate function room for celebrations, events and meetings. The menu provides a traditional, no-fuss array of options, including breakfast served Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12pm. The main lunch and dinner menu is served Monday to Saturday 12-2pm and Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 6-8pm, Fridays and Saturdays 6- 9pm. The traditional pub fayre options include steak and guinness pie, scampi, omelettes and curry of the week, all served with a choice of chips, new potatoes, mashed potatoes, sautéed potatoes or a jacket potato. There is also a burger menu, sandwich menu and plenty of options for side orders. The children’s menu is very reasonably priced at just £3.50 for under 6s and £4.50 for ages 7+, with options including sausages, beef burger, veggie burger and battered cod fillet, with chips/potatoes, peas, beans or salad.
As we visited on a Sunday we were lucky enough to enjoy the roast menu, served between 12 and 3pm every Sunday. My husband opted for the ¼ chicken, while I tried out the vegetarian option of broccoli and cream cheese bake. Both meals were served with Yorkshire puddings, roast and new potatoes, seasonal vegetables and lovely thick gravy in a gravy boat. The portions were impressive to say the least, and there’s no doubt you’ll be leaving very full after tucking into one of them. We were so stuffed we couldn’t manage to fit in one of the delicious desserts on offer (menu pictured). How sad!
The roast was every bit as good as home-cooked, and that’s no doubt down to the fact that landlord Louis cooks every meal himself on the premises. All the meat is locally sourced and neither the quality of the food, nor his cheery and positive attitude, falter.
If you’re just after a drink or two, the range of award-winning guest ales, beers and malt whiskeys should keep you busy. For something a bit different, why not try the quiz night, every Thursday at 8.30pm – fun for all ages.
Mon: 11:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 19:00
Tues-Fri: 11:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00
Sat: 11:00 – 23:00
Sun: 12:00 – 22:30
Facebook – The Black Cat, Lye Green
Twitter – @LyeGreen1