Now then, as most of you know, I always feature restaurants in Buckinghamshire. In fact, everything in Hiya Bucks magazines is Buckinghamshire based. However, this month, with it being Christmas and all, I thought some of you might like to venture just outside of Buckinghamshire to visit this very festive sounding village.

It takes just 15 minutes to get to The Fox & Hounds along the M40 from the Handy Cross High Wycombe junction. Exit at J5 Stokenchurch, turn left onto the A40 and then left again onto the Nettlebed/Henley Road. This brings you right into Christmas Common, it couldn’t be simpler. Affectionately known as the Top Fox, this pub is over 500 years old and welcomes walkers, cyclists and dogs (in the bar). The pub is surrounded by beautiful countryside so it would be perfect to have lunch and then walk off the calories, or have a walk to build up an appetite. We didn’t have time to walk today – sunset at 4.20 pm is really most inconvenient!

The pub would be a great venue for a private function too and if you want to celebrate someone’s birthday they will even provide a cake for you.

The food is locally sourced as much as possible and they cater for various dietary requirements, but please give them notice if you need something specific.

You can eat in the bar with your dog (if you have one) or George, the pub’s Labrador, will be more than happy to keep you company. Alternatively you can sit in the main restaurant; there are a couple of the cosy, quiet sections if you want your own space. We chose from the Top Fox pub classics; the ham, egg and homemade chunky chips and the burger served with brie and chorizo (with gluten-free bread especially for me). They were both hearty, warming meals and we thoroughly enjoyed them. We finished our meals with a cup of tea served in a traditional tea cup, very quaint and English. Tea always tastes better in a tea cup don’t you think? With a spacious car park, nice clean toilets and roaring log fires we felt very welcome and look forward to visiting again soon.

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