The Chiltern villages dotted around the outskirts of High Wycombe are packed with some real gems when it comes to country pubs offering sophistication and high-quality real ales. You won’t be disappointed - but it’s understandable that you might want to stay close to the town centre, in which case there are stylish modern bars catering for advocates of the craft beer revolution.
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If you like a classic English country pub then you’ll find plenty to love about High Wycombe and the surrounding area - in fact, your biggest problem might be finding time to frequent them all during your visit.
Our whistle stop tour starts in the village of Wooburn Common, where two of the finest examples are to be found. First there’s the 17th-century coaching inn The Chequers, which boasts oak beams and flagstone floors and has been owned and run by the same family for the past four decades. The second, just down the road, is the Royal Standard, another long-established country inn which has its own beer festivals and holds regular Meet the Brewer events.
Very close by in adjoining Wooburn Green is a third highly-rated rural pub, the Old Bell, which has its own pub lunch club and also hosts Mexican-themed evenings and pub quizzes.
Another pub on that side of town which is also worth a visit is The Falcon, just off the M40 and only a 15-minute walk from our High Wycombe/Beaconsfield hotel. If you have ever been to JD Wetherspoons pub, you know what you are getting here. The food is good, and very reasonable, the drinks list is expansive, but not expensive, and the decor is modern and comfortable. Described as a “picture postcard pub with open log fires”, this is one of the better ‘Spoons’ that you are likely to see.
If you're looking for a pub close to the centre of High Wycombe, then your best bet is probably General Havelock in Wycombe Marsh, which started life as three farmyard cottages supplying ale to farm workers. The family who run the pub today pride themselves on their continuing emphasis on real ale, and there’s also a beer garden which is an enviable place to be on a summer’s afternoon.
High Wycombe nightlife
Pubs in High Wycombe
What High Wycombe town centre might lack in traditional pubs, it more than makes up for in more contemporary bars.
A good place to start is Heidrun, which opened in 2016 and focuses on craft beers as well as great food served in a relaxed environment. 20 craft beers on tap is impressive enough, but Heidrun is equally proud of its eye-popping collection of bottled beers.
If you’ve ever been told that sausages don’t grow on trees, then you might be particularly intrigued by The Sausage Tree, which aims to be one of the town’s premier beer and dining destinations. To be strictly accurate, the sausages it serves are sourced in the same way as any other sausages but there’s plenty to be excited about with bar food that ranges from tempura prawns to mozzarella dippers and Mexican chipotle beef to waffle sundae.
If you’re a fan of the Revolution chain of cocktail bars, you could do worse than head to nearby Beaconsfield. Situated in the busy new town area, it has a heated terrace and decking area for alfresco partying.