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Written by Helen Rumbell 16th August 2016

Cheers! Another 5 local pubs that we love

This month, we’re rounding off our selection of the best pubs in the region with some fabulous picks to whet the appetite. Our final top five features some great places you’ll be sure to want to try out, whether you’re looking for a top pint with friends or a cosy meal for two.


Best beer garden – The Black Boy, Oving

Five miles north of Aylesbury, this pub defines rural, old-world appeal – and the beautiful beer garden is no exception. In the midst of sprawling countryside, the garden oozes the charms of the English countryside, with the village church in view and the Hossle – or village pond – framing the outdoor space at the bottom. With the rumoured heatwave expected to hit the country in the next few weeks, this is the perfect setting to cool down with a cold drink.


Best drinks – The Black Horse, Woburn

Fancy a cocktail? Take your pick. In the mood for an artisan ale? Sure, no problem. Celebrating? This place has got fizz for all budgets. Love a pint but gluten a problem? This watering hole even has a choice of free-from beer. Whatever your tipple, you’re sure to find it at The Black Horse… as well as fresh, well-made coffee to sharpen the senses after you’ve drunk the bar dry!


Best romantic meal – The Fox and Hounds, Lower Harlestone

This pub’s backdrop – between Harlestone Firs and Althorp country estate – was the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Not surprisingly, then, it’s got a lovely romantic vibe, perfect for a tranquil meal for two. Ambient lighting, beautifully fresh food and cosy corners make this a couple’s paradise. Add some sparkle to the evening with one of the pub’s selection of Champagne and prosecco to make a dreamy meal even more special.


Best roast dinner – The Brampton Halt, Chapel Brampton

A lovely Sunday dinner is a thing to behold. The team at The Brampton Halt have got it nailed – and have the accolades to prove it. Ranked among the Top 20 places for a roast by the Sunday Times, this place offers a choice of meats (if you can’t decide, go for the Farmyard Roast and have chicken, pork, beef AND lamb!), served with the usual trimmings. Vegetarians are well catered for too, so it’s a must-visit for all foodies.


Best for an after-work pint – Cowpers Oak, Weston Underwood

Not lacking in character, the Cowpers Oak comes alive when it’s clocking off time. It’s perfect for getting together after work to wind down with a drink, and there are plenty of those to choose from. Its Cask Marque certified, also serving local ales (Hopping Mad) and a range of wines and lagers. Monday night is quiz night – with a free round of drinks and a jackpot on offer there’s even more reason to round up your workmates and head on down.


And that’s it from us. We’ve searched high and low for the top pubs in the area and the list is endless – too many drinking spots to fit into even a trio of blogs! What is your favourite local pub? We’d still love to hear your recommendations. Let us know via our social channels.