Dukes Wine Bar, Princes Risborough – Great Wine. Great Food. Great Atmosphere.
When we were out and about discovering somewhere for the “Our Beautiful Bucks …” feature we noticed this little wine bar at the end of the village. We popped in to arrange a review date and found Louise, the owner, in the back garden painting the fence, making the garden look perfect for the Easter weekend.
We booked our table for a Sunday so we could enjoy relaxing over a glass of wine or two. To say the wine list is extensive would be an understatement, but it is a wine bar after all.
Chatting with our friends we decided on sampling one of the sharing boards, a meat and cheese platter, which was incredible. Beautifully presented, the flavours didn’t disappoint, and it was so plentiful. Rather greedily we had also ordered the nachos (the crispiest tortilla chips we had ever eaten), the bucket of prawns and a 12” inch pizza, all to share. Well, when you are doing a review you have to try as much as possible, don’t you?
The pizza was simply delicious, we tried the sweet & tangy one with goat’s cheese and sweet peppers. At only £11 for a 12” pizza of such good quality we thought the price was excellent.
Needless to say we couldn’t manage anything else to eat but we did somehow fit in another glass of crisp rose wine!
Unbeknown to us on a Sunday afternoon Louise organises live music. On this particular Sunday a mature gentleman whose name I can’t remember (probably because of the wine) was entertaining us with all the old classics from Billy Joel, Bobby Darin, Barry Manilow – you get the picture. He was really good and some of the other diners were up dancing, something Louise had never seen before. The atmosphere was brilliant, everyone was thoroughly enjoying themselves and it was definitely a feel-good afternoon. We’ll be returning, of that I have no doubt.
The wine bar has been open just over a year and is run by Louise and her family. It is full of interesting décor, including original exposed brickwork and beams, together with stable gates from when the building used to house animals, a huge log burner and skylights, so it seems bright and airy. The toilets were clean, always a good sign, and spacious too.
Spend an afternoon wandering around Princes Risborough, stop off for a drink and bite to eat and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. We absolutely love Dukes Wine Bar!