Run by legendary pub operators Becky and David Salisbury for more than 20 years, the Alford is a hard-to-find Victorian gem in the woods of the Chiltern Hills.
Welcoming to locals, walkers, cyclists and destination diners alike, it’s eclectically furnished and has a restaurant and a heated terrace.
Head chef Jamie Celnik is in charge of the kitchen, serving a mix of pub classics and internationally-inspired dishes based on fresh, local ingredients.
Starters might include bubble and squeak with bacon, egg and hollandaise or cumin spiced butternut squash soup with onion bhaji. Among the mains you could find beef shin, ale and onion pie with marrowbone mash and curly kale, or Moroccan sweet potato and chickpea stew, while for dessert you might choose queen of puddings with blackberry jam or homemade ice cream in various flavours.
And as this is a proper pub, there are at least three cask beers on at any time including ales from Chiltern or Tring Breweries down the road. Wines are all sourced from Europe and, among the spirits, bourbon is something of a surprise speciality.