Having walked to the monument at the top of Coombe Hill (Read our article in Beautiful Buckinghamshire) we were in need of a spot of lunch.
Luckily for us, The Russell Arms is at the bottom of the hill just a five minute drive from Coombe Hill car park. With roaring logs fires the pub was very welcoming on this dull, damp, day.
Dating back to 1784, we were pleasantly surprised to see how bright and spacious the bar and restaurant were. No dark beams and dingy corners in this pub – it is light and bright with plenty of space between tables. The centrally located bar, to us, was the main focus and it has more of a wine bar feel to it than a traditional pub. However dogs, children and muddy boots are all still welcome.
Now owned by the community and managed by the lovely Tom and Alice, the pub has rightfully achieved the status of being a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in the 2017 Great Britain and Ireland Guide. We are not surprised. The food is simply delicious, there is no other word for it. Using local produce as much as possible; it looks good, smells good and by golly it tastes good. Our compliments go to Chef Dan for his creativity, as well as to the local artisan producers who provide The Russell Arms with quality key ingredients to work with.
We began with the bread board; corn bread, tomato and herb bread and beer and caraway seed (my favourite). These breads have been exclusively created by Chef Dan and Baker Steve and are only available to eat at The Russell Arms. The breads were served with rapeseed oil and apple cider vinegar. We were off to a great start.
Of course I had to choose the Wendover Royal Pork sausages (the pub is only a 5 minute drive from Wendover) accompanied by the creamiest of mash possible. Goodness only knows how many calories were contained within it, but I had just walked up Coombe Hill so it was justified!
The Ice creams and Sorbets have been crafted especially for The Russell Arms with flavours and recipes that Dan and Arthur have put together; Arthur is the artisan ice cream creator who lives close by in Little Kimble. The Chocolate & Cassis Roulade with Caramelised White Chocolate Ice Cream caught our eye; we almost licked the plate clean!
Finishing with an elegant cheeseboard there was nothing left for us to do but return home to relax around the open fire. After all it was already dark and it was only 3.50 p.m.
Our thanks go to all the staff at The Russell Arms for their hospitality. We shall definitely be returning, hopefully on a dry day, when we can take a proper look at the hidden garden we saw through the window!
Tel: 01296 624411