The Home Counties

Restaurants in The Home Counties

Overlooking Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, this traditional British restaurant is known for its panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

The Place: A small, charming pub where chef Tom Kerridge has earned a Michelin star. Visitors can stay in one of four cottages.

Situated directly on the river Thames, this traditional pub is housed in a historic building, parts of which date back to the 14th century. A small dock sits out front, along with a seasonal outdoor terrace that provides glimpses of the river between wooden floorboards.

Adjacent to the White Hart Inn, this modern gastropub is located 25 miles northwest of downtown London. A working fireplace warms the small dining room, which contains hardwood flooring, wood and leather chairs, and large windows framing views of the surrounding gardens and duck pond.

The Hinds Head is what you see when you close your eyes and picture the words: Traditional. Village. Pub. A low-slung Tudor building, it resembles so perfectly the Platonic ideal of a pub that at first you worry it might be putting you on.

Operating since the 14th century, this former coaching inn is now a 12-room hotel and gastropub serving both British and Mediterranean cuisine.

it’s a wood-beamed but mercifully unkitschy English pub that’s less than an hour by train from London, in the Berkshire countryside near Windsor Castle. The updated British cooking, by chef Dominic Chapman, is straightforward and features superb produce.

Set in the historic coaching inn of the same name, this restaurant takes “locally sourced” in earnest: executive chef Warren Geraghty’s garden is the source for at least half of the ingredients used.

Overlooking Henley’s market square, this seafood restaurant is part of an ever-growing chain, with more than 40 locations throughout the United Kingdom.

Run by the same company that owns the Beech House and Red Lion Inn, this oh-so-British country pub blends authentic Brit pub fare and ale with a matching atmosphere; it was named “Michelin Pub of the Year in 2008”, and the restaurant has maintained one Michelin star since 2002.

Housed in a 17th-century coach house, this Italian restaurant is part of a large chain with more than 100 locations throughout the United Kingdom. This branch is divided into three parts: a first-floor bar, an upstairs dining room, and an outdoor terrace open during warmer months.

Set on the bank of the Thames, this renowned French restaurant is the only establishment in the United Kingdom to hold three Michelin stars for more than 25 years. Originally opened in 1972 by Michel and Albert Roux, the Waterside Inn is now operated by Michel’s son Alain.

Tej and Sarina Dhillon own the Modern Coaching Inns group of “modern-vintage” locations, and this Thames Valley restaurant surrounds diners with a refined country pub vibe, paired with a Chop House-style menu loaded with local ingredients.