England > Buckinghamshire > Hedgerley
Joeh (49) , England | April 5, 2010| Updated August 6, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Living locally to this pub and even having worked there for a summer perhaps I can give a different perspective on it.
It is undoubtedly an attractive country pub and it is in a great location on a quiet country road that sees little through traffic. As others have said they donít have any music, television or fruit machine, and they have a wide selection of different beers.
The atmosphere though I found very tense, with the owners of the pub being a family at war with their alcohol fuelled arguments frequently spilling out over the bar. I havenít been back in five years so I donít know if things have changed, but I wonít be returning while itís under the same ownership.
The beer selection at first appears interesting, but after a number of visits it becomes obvious just how many rebadges there probably are here. So obscure are the beers that I would be surprised if even 10% of the beers ever appear in the Ratebeer database, with the majority of the beers coming from the same dozen or microbreweries notorious for rebadging. Thereís only so many times you can have a 4% golden ale from the same brewery before the different names become meaningless.
The nearby Royal Standard at Wooburn Common isnít in quite as nice a location but has at least as many regularly changing guest beers, and they tend to get in better known beers from a wider selection of breweries.
Fin (368) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | November 30, 2009| Updated August 6, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited here on Leg 7 of the Thames Tipple back in the summer 09. I really loved this place, wonderful old pub, oozing character. There was a good selection of beers available approx 7-8 casks on gravity with Brewdog 5am Saint, Mighty Oak and Weltons amongst the selection, all were in very good nick. Its also worth noting that there were at least 3-4 real ciderís/perries available and a very good range of Belgian bottles as well. Great atmosphere, very friendly banter with the locals and landlord, this pub is well worth stopping off at if you are in the vicinity, many thanks to Glen íImdownthepubí for recommending this.
ladnewton (144) London, England | June 2, 2009| Updated June 11, 2009
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
A complete gem.
I paid my maiden call at this hostelry on 30th May, having cycled from Gerrards Cross station. What immediately impressed me was the near-heroeís welcome I received from locals drinking outside, as I locked my cycle and took a look around the outdoor drinking area.
A proper, no-nonsense PUB. No tv, fruit machines or jukebox. Pure conversation rules the roost here, and I ended up in conversation with several regular visitors to the WH, who were friendly, chilled and relaxed.
From a constantly changing range of eight beers (some on gravity) I enjoyed four including one from Rebellion, another from Wensleydale (formerly Lidstones) and one from Penpont in Cornwall.
Festivals are held, usually around the late May bank holiday weekend (and at other times - check with pub) and beer turnover is reported at well over one hundred nine-gallon casks in the course of such events.
Visitors should note that free "tasters" are unavailable at this establishment, however, reliable tasting notes are provided on the blackboard, and I did not feel misled on any of them.
This pub must be visited, and it is one of those rare occasions where I will unreservedly award such high ratings.
One of the best pubs in the UK.
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