Eat your way around Aylesbury starting with some of our favourite restaurants and cafes. Your culinary options come from around the world, transporting you to Italian trattorias, authentic curry houses, and Parisian chocolateries, not to mention a Bib Gourmand village pub with some of the best eating in the area.
Places to eat in Aylesbury
We’ll kickstart our restaurant recommendations with a taste of the Orient. Simply Thai is an authentic Thai restaurant that’ll take your taste buds on a trip around the world. You’ll find it on Buckingham Street serving up fragrant Thai salads, delicious noodle dishes, and the rest, in good portions, at reasonable prices. The restaurant is large, so walk-ins shouldn’t have a problem getting a table.
La Salute was Aylesbury’s original authentic Italian restaurant. Head chef Lomma Pino has a handful of awards under his belt and concocts a fantastic menu of simple Italian eating using the finest ingredients. The freshly made pizzas and pastas are the best you’ll find for miles. The restaurant is laid back and informal, like all good trattorias. You’ll find it on the Kingsbury in the heart of town.
If you fancy some of the best gastropub eating in the area and you don’t mind venturing into the countryside to try it then pay a visit to The Five Elms. It’s a picturesque village pub in Weedon, just a five-minute drive out of town from our Aylesbury hotel. The thatch-roofed Five Elms is 400 years old and serves up first-class English favourites alongside a great selection of real ales, lagers, wines, and gin to wash it down. Bring your garters, the steak and kidney pudding will knock your socks off.
For those with a taste for finer dining, head to The Chequers Inn on Church Lane. It’s a 17th-century inn in the village of Weston Turville and boasts bags full of character and one of the most delightful dining experiences in the Aylesbury area. Expect wooden beams, picture-perfect dishes, and flavour that goes through the roof. It’s not the cheapest of our restaurant recommendations, but you get your money’s worth. If you’re dining out for a special occasion, we recommend the tasting menu, to sample as much as you can.
Should you find yourself craving a curry during your stay, The Raj on Aylesbury Road is the best Indian restaurant in the area. The menu features dishes from all five culinary regions of India. The head chef clearly knows his way around a spice rack; the curries are some of the best we’ve ever had. Take your pick from all the favourites, or try something different – everything tastes great.
We’ve saved the best for last. The Hundred of Ashendon graces the pages of the Michelin Guide, was awarded a coveted Bib Gourmand, and offers, hands down, the best eating in the area. It’s a proper hidden gem of a village pub, nestled between the Cotswolds and the Chiltern Hills. The decor comes as somewhat of a surprise; it’s rustic, yet stripped back, creating a contemporary atmosphere to enjoy the creative, corkingly-good menu of food. The roast, quite simply, is one of the best in the business. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat to tie in with a visit to Waddesdon Manor, one of our top activities in Aylesbury, The Hundred is just a few miles away, and well worth the trip.
Restaurants in Aylesbury
Cafés in Aylesbury
The Works is one of the most popular places to eat in Aylesbury town centre, which is a little bit crazy when you consider it exclusively serves desserts. However, anyone with a sweet tooth simply has to visit this palace of guilty pleasures, to sample the pancakes, waffles and milkshakes that have won over the masses. Obviously, this isn’t the place for calorie counters, but if you enjoy the sweeter side of life then visit from early ‘til late.
Just off the High Street, The Cog Cafe is the place to be if you want a big breakfast. It’s an exceptional cafe with some of the best coffee for miles. Prices are good, so too are portions, the cafe itself is nice and airy, and service comes with a smile. Everything is cooked fresh to order, so don’t be surprised if you’re food takes a little time to reach your table, but it’s well worth the wait.
A couple of other honourable mentions go to the Aylesbury Tuck, a classic greasy spoon on the way out to Waddesdon Manor, and Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, from master chocolatier Nigel Rumsey whose shop in Wendover is worth a visit for its handmade chocolates alone.