Nags Head Inn & Restaurant

4.5
366 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
The Nags Head in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire is an AA 4 Star graded traditional 15th century country inn and restaurant situated along the valley of the River Misbourne in the glorious Chiltern Hills. Brought to you by the Michaels family, owners of the award-winning Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden, Hertfordshire, the newly refurbished Nags Head serves an “Anglo - French” fusion menu. The Nags Head has been awarded an AA Rosette for it’s culinary excellence and accredited in several guides including a Hardens Guide “Commenendation Award”, chosen as “AA Pick of the Pubs” in the AA Pub Guide and a recommendation in the much coveted Michelin guide and featured on the front cover of Michelin’s “eating out in pubs” guide 2010. It was also named in BBC Countryfile’s cosiest pubs. The kitchen is run under the auspices of executive head chef, Claude Paillet, twice the UK winner of the Publican magazine “Chef of the Year”.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
English, French, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 8am - 10am, 12pm - 2:30pm, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3:30pm, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
01494 862200
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Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Claude Paillet
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Parking Details
We have ample parking on the premises
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Public Transit
Great Missenden train station is only a 10 minute walk
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Too much noise. Great for families, not for couples. A little over-priced. Very good staff.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Every thing we ordered was very good, well presented, generous portions and good value for money, it is just a shame that my main dish fell below the standard of the rest. The clue is in the name of the dish:tenderloin of pork.Sadly this had been cut just a tad too thinly and left under the heatlamps or over cooked which resulted in a tough, dry experience in the mouth.
That said we enjoyed our evening very much. will go again.

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1.0Dined on 4 August 2018

I have already written to register my dissatisfaction; being told that you are very busy and understaffed is no reason for serving food which had to be returned or chaotic management

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Lovely food and very relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Very dog friendly. The service was a little bit haphazard. We didn't get the tapenade we ordered despite asking twice. Overall excellent - would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

The beat roast I have had in a VERY long time, quite pricey but worth it! Also no baby change facilities but we made it work! Will be returning for sure

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Excellent food and delivered by smiley, cheerful staff who took care to check that everything was in order. The food is sublime, just exquisite in every aspect. Worth a visit, especially for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

Perfect night for outside dining! Delicious food! Service a bit messy but well-intentioned! Perhaps just not enough staff! Friendly place. Would recommend!

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3.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Pleasant staff, although slow service. Waitress made a fuss about how hot the plates were and then placed the dishes next to and within easy reach of a baby in a high chair!
Outside space lovely.
Pork main dish far too meat heavy. Crab thermidor delicious.
All presentation excellent.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

The lady who greeted us, took and served our order was outstanding. (Blonde hair-happy smile). She was anticipative, got around tables very efficiently, chatted with diners and kept busy all the time. She is a great asset to your business.

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4.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Excellent meal at The Nags Head

Traditional style Chiltern pub venue with tables inside or out. High quality light meals or full meals served and an extensive wine choice available. Service very pleasant, good venue to bring guests. The crusty bread is very crusty, but has a great flavour. A place to enjoy eating.

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3.0Dined on 6 July 2018

The meals for 6 were excellent as usual but the service was not so good. Our main waitress was helpful but the others just okay. The wine we selected was not available so the maitre d' suggested a wine. We did not accept the suggestion offered and chose a different wine. We were charged for both. Also, we had to ask twice for a pint of beer. We had one and were charged for both. We had to go and chase to get the bill changed. Also, the bill now includes a 10% service charge but then there’s a space for gratuity – very deceitful indeed!! Would I go again? Yes as the food is very good but I’d be aware of extra charges which has never happened before.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Having visited the Nags Head before, I booked dinner on behalf of a friend who wished to celebrate my wife's birthday. I was invited! We received a very friendly welcome and enjoyed a pre-dinner drink in the pub's large garden. It was a beautiful evening and the pub was very flexible about requiring us to sit down for dinner at the hour booked. The meal itself was delicious with some inventive touches. I'd never heard of the Spanish white wine recommendation but it proved to be excellent. Throughout - and this was a highlight - the waitresses serving us were delightful... and most efficient too. We shall return again.

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4.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Nags head a favourite haunt of ours not least as they are dog friendly inside or outside. Excellent choice on main menu and specials menu. Usually I don’t have any complaints but this time I’m afraid I felt a bit underwhelmed by the service. I stood at the bar being ignored for quite a while whilst some to and fro was going on about the beer pumps not working. Another customer offered his help as an engineer and was ignored. I placed drinks order and went outside with menus to my guests. I was probably 5 mins but drinks order hadn’t even been started when I got back and later customers were served first. It was all rather chaotic with one member of staff with his hand in a sling too - can’t be helped but as I say just not to usual standard.

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

This was our first visit to the Nags Head and we enjoyed our Sunday roast very much. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and the service excellent. We will definitely make a return visit as we appreciated the freshly cooked, locally produced food.

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4.0Dined on 19 June 2018

The food we had was superb and the rest of the menu sounded delicious too. Although the portions were generous it was so tasty I just couldn’t stop eating and even ended up having two desserts when my wife couldn’t finish hers.
Plus one of the best G&Ts I’ve ever had

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Fairly local to me as within 6 miles but not been for a few years as had a disappointment with previous owners.
But super atmosphere and food! Staff very good. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

As always the food was excellent as was the service

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4.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Never fails with a consistent level of service, varied menus to suit all tastes and excellent presentation. Beautiful location and airy dining areas.

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Lobster was excellent. Large and well cooked. Fries and salad accompaniment also good
Vegetable side good too.
Service a bit airy-fairy

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

The food was fantastic and the table service was also excellent. The only reason I couldn't give a 5 star review was the time it took to get the food. It was a busy sunny Sunday but the quality of the food wasn't compromised.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Wonderful food and excellent staff very friendly and knowledgeable staff

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4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Nice main meal desert was expensive and very small (strawberry Eton mess)

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

just as good as ever. the Crab thermidor was fantastic. such a good place.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Have been here lots of times both for dinner and lunch with friends and just as a couple and the food has always been outstanding. Was a bit let down thus time. Sunday lunch with friends, service as always was great but food was dissapointing. All had the roast but the vegetable portions were tiny and the roast potatoes were soft...not what we are used to at the Nags Head...😞

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Beautiful setting fabulous food great menu choice,Service was great staff very attentive and helpful. Bit expensive but worth it

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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Very nice pub with a lovely garden. Delicious Sunday lunch.

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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Always worth a visit. Good food and service plus the wine on the specials list is generally very drinkable.

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

A first class restaurant offering a very good menu. The food was presented extremely well and cooked to perfection. The staff were very good being friendly and made you feel very welcome. Would definitely come agai.

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3.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Generally good food but quite expensive for the quality and object to pay extra for vegetables.

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5.0Dined on 7 May 2018

Fab food and great service... will be returning soon as possible. Beautiful country setting!

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Nice menu selections. Friendly staff. Tables a little too close together. Food was almost great but not quite.

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4.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Food very good and friendly service.

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3.0Dined on 29 April 2018

We met friends here as it was between our home locations. Cocktails were delicious and staff were very friendly and polite though had to wait a while to be served. It was a very busy time to be fair. Starters came out fairly quick but then we had over an hour wait for our mains and then were told there were no Yorkshire puddings as they had been burnt. Our dinners were delicious and they gave us a load of sides dishes free to make up for the time delay and lack of Yorkshire’s. We will come again!

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Lovely relaxing lunch everyone enjoyed the meals they ordered. Wine recommendation was excellent. Very pleasant staff and good service.

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5.0Dined on 26 April 2018

First visit & booked for a works get together but whilst very friendly & the ambiance was excellent. Steak was not £27 quality & believe me I eat out a lot, very disappointing however others within the party enjoyed their Choices, it was all 3 steaks poor. Otherwise a goid experience

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5.0Dined on 22 April 2018

Absolutely love The Nags Head! Customer service is always outstanding, even when we are the last ones late in the evening we are always made to feel welcome. Attention to detail is fantastic and the food is just delicious. Always top of our list for a special occasion! Cosy fire for the winter months and a beautiful garden for the summer - really, what more could you ask for? Would not hesitate in recommending The Nags Head!

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3.0Dined on 21 April 2018

A nice country pub with very friendly staff and good service. We felt the food was a bit over priced, it is a pub afterall, but the food was tasty. (Lamb around £21). Sadly not much choice for vegetarian or vegan. This could be something for them to look into. Also we felt the food arrived pretty quickly, as in, we had only just finished our starters and the main meal appeared. So could perhaps slow service down a bit. Overall, a nice pub with restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

I have never been disappointed here. as usual the meal and service were first class. ny Guinea fowl was excellent. good wine list, ambience ad friendly staff. my guest said it was the best meal he had had for months!

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4.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Probably didn't make the best choices from the menu. Starters excellent but pieces of shell in crab main dish and the pork dish was rather too large a portion.

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