The Home Counties

Restaurants in The Home Counties

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.

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.

An hour outside London, the Michelin three-starred Fat Duck is widely considered one of the best restaurants in the world.

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.

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.

With its tan exterior standing out against the oft-grey British sky, the Three Fishes pub holds to a self-proclaimed motto of “real pub, real food, real beer,” centering on hearty fare that's strength is in its simplicity.

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.

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