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The Five Elms

Weedon, Buckinghamshire

Quintessential English pub with an intimate dining room offering modern British food using high quality ingredients

Licensed since 1754, the Five Elms is an unspoilt Grade 2 listed two-room country pub complete with thatched roof and log fires, in the village of Weedon on the fringe of the Chiltern Hills. Dog-friendly, it attracts walkers for a refreshing local ale and families, too, thanks to the garden and play park across the road.

It reopened in November 2021 with Tom Moody, head chef and a partner in the pub with hotelier Andrew Helmsley, bringing his experience in Michelin-starred restaurants around Europe into the kitchen. He’s steeped in classic techniques, his dishes are ambitious and his skills once took him to the semi-finals of Masterchef: the Professionals.

Bar snacks include corn ribs glazed in chipotle and honey, and starters hand-dived scallops, jerk chicken thigh, kohlrabi and lime or maybe a goat’s cheese pannacotta. For mains you might find spiced mutton loin and kofta, grilled lamb belly and roasted cauliflower or a wild mushroom linguini. And for dessert, a white chocolate mousse or selection of British cheeses.

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