Nags Head in Great Missenden

4.4
959 reviews
£26 to £40
English
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 head chef, Tomas Topolar.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 959 People Are Saying
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Alan
London
43 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, imaginative presentation, excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Sunday lunch in the teepee! Lovely family atmosphere. Attentive but not overbearing staff. Most importantly, the food, particularly the roast beef, was superb.

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nice mussels starter but roast was very poor - had sirloin of beef - very sinewy and tough despite being served medium rare. Relatively small portions of veg. All four of us had the roast beef and all experiences the same. Considering it’s £22.95 for the roast beef I would say it was very poor value. Won’t be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The menu has changed since we last visited the Nags Head, we went expecting fish and chips and burgers. Very good fish and chips and burgers; what we found was an odd mix of flavours many of which didn’t go. The service was slow due to a few big parties in but it never ceases to amaze me how big parties are used as the excuse for poor service when big parties don’t just wonder in off the street. They should’ve been prepared for it. That saying. Our waitress Sophie was delightful, an absolute pleasure that made mediocre confused food actually quite bearable.

I’m pleased we didn’t have the kids with us as they’d have gone very hungry indeed.

One other word of advice, if you buy the £60 bottle of fizz don’t allow them to leave it on the floor so you kick the ice bucket over on your way to the loo pouring £45 of fizz onto the carpet.

I’m fairness we did get a free glass of fizz to apologise for the service, we will go back just not with the kids and will go early to avoid the parties.

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SueM
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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Fred
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant works very well.
Food always good.
Menu has good selection across 3 courses
Service in the restaurant can be slow largely because the service to the tent!!!
Can be expensive. My guests often say.

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Malcolm
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The menu wasn’t as good as a year ago. We had three lovely meals in 2020 but we were disappointed this time. Sorry.

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Anonymous
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Quite expensive for what it is as the menu is good pub grub - nothing more. Service very friendly.

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Judym100
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My roast pork were super - our friends enjoyed the beef but my husband said his was too rare - & he said the Yorkshire pudding was flakey - roast potato not properly cooked His meal came after ours. He didn’t say anything until we were in the car going home as he didn’t want to make a fuss as we had people with us !!!
He did say he enjoyed the beer

The waitresses were a delight

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Sunday lunch but unfortunately the beef was undercooked and I’m happy to eat good beef medium rare but this was unfortunately rare, everything else was excellent including the service.

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The new menu is delicious; try the duck donuts!.
The tepee outside has a great ambience with the twinkling fairy lights, very cosy and toasty warm, even with the rain, with the wood burner and blankets but well ventilated and well spaced out to ensure good COVID safety. The staff are welcoming and friendly.
Dog friendly and definitely worth the trip!

SG
SallyG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food

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peterl
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was excellent, although as a vegetarian there was little choice. It was VERY expensive, considering the atmosphere was more like pub eating than restaurant eating, so therefore VERY noisy.

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LorraineC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening amazing food and staff will definitely return

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RolandC
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was average but not outstanding especially as the price range was a bit high. We do not like to pay for vegetables separately as £19.95 for the small chicken supreme without vegetables was expensive.

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jeanb
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Previous visits were vibrant but last night was very quiet

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J555
London
66 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to Nags Head to celebrate our anniversary. Being a Sunday we went for the roast. And we were not disappointed. Well cooked and presented. Vegs was crispy and green. It shows the Chef care about his cooking.

The only very minor issue was that the roast potatoes were over salted. Nothing cant be solved with another sip or 2 of the wine to balance the taste buds. I was also impressed with the choices available in the wine list. Definitely a place for the wine lovers..

The staffs were attentive. Overall we had a great time and will visit again

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our evening meal at the Nag’s Head was very nice. Our waitress was particularly good - efficient, friendly and attentive without imposing.

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Lols
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside as was great weather
Service was good & food really good
Definitely be going back.

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Richie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picturesque; good company; good food and good conversation had.

Dinner and evening was top draw.

DJ
DJM713
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, good wine and great service. The food was all cooked to perfection. Highly recommend and will be looking to go back on our next special occasion.

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vipOlly
Buckinghamshire
18 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was very good, but very disappointed they had no beef left. I don’t eat fish and it reduced my choice of meal to one thing.

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GillC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely evening with family in the pretty outside tepee on Sunday. Very nicely styled with lights and rugs and proper polished tables. Food was excellent- delicious roast monkfish done in an imaginative way as were the duck doughnuts starters! Son declared the roast pork with excellent crackling to be the best meal he'd had in ages. Sadly they'd run out of roast beef by the 6pm so obviously a lot of others knew about the great food here too.

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CeliaC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Well run, pretty Pub, good service. However, average food at above average prices.

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SueE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always have a great time when we dine at the Nags Head. Food was excellent, and the service was superb. Highly recommend.

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PamelaM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu with delicious experimentation of dishes

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GwynnethC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The teepee has a wonderful ambience, the food was imaginative and delicious, and we were even able to bring our little dog. Excellent.

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AndreaS
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was excellent in the tipi. Food great. If I were to criticise it would be that many mussels were not open! Overall though a great meal.

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ScottT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

adapted well to post-pandemic. Great menu, well executed and friendly, efficient service

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RichardS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful garden, not cheap but worth it overall.
Lovely food - roast dinner described as best of the year

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PaulF
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every restaurant has the odd criticism but my experience has always been great at The Nags Head. Once again the food and service were terrific!

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LAURAM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The stone bass was delicious. The food is beautifully arranged on unusual china. Very lovely experience.

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Bod1
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual but not cheap. Is it worth it compared to somewhere else that’s very good? - depends if you have an additional spare £50

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PIGGO
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed a very pleasant meal, thanks. The menu was short and had very limited vegetarian options. It's also quite pricey and a service charge added to the bill.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really lovely meal at The Nags Head on Saturday, the ribeye steak was divine, great service and ambience, highly recommended, it's one of our most favourite places to visit, thank you Adam and the team.
Mike Moore

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DBee
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s an amazing restaurant and we have been all over the world! The duck doughnuts are great! We are YouTubers and we recommend this restaurant to our audience 1000%

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sashimilover
London
15 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our lunch was generally enjoyable, the food being the best part of it - inventive, high quality, very tasty and well presented. One or two of the descriptions of dishes were not entirely accurate but we willingly forgave that. The only serious criticism is that we were told that one main course needed extra vegetables but this was not the case - there was more than enough on the plate.

The ambience inside the Nag's Head is pleasant but not particularly welcoming. We were trying to decide why and concluded that it is owing to the large number of black beams.... how much lighter and warmer the interior would be if they were sand-blasted! We have recently eaten in the COVID inspired 'teepee' outside and, weather permitting, we prefer that space.

Finally, the service, which was fairly attentive when we arrived, was poor towards the end of our meal when, owing to a serving staff shift change (we were told), we twice had to get up from our table and go the bar to get attention - firstly to order dessert and then coffee. Not a big deal but this shouldn't have happened.

We recommend the Nag's Head but it could do to tighten up its act.

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FionaT
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to forget about the outside world, beautiful fairly lights add to the ambience, service was great and very friendly. Food was very good and well spaced out so you don't feel rushed. Have been before and will book again. 👍

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Williams
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had booked a table in the tipi, but found it rather noisy and exposed to the cool evening air. We asked our waitress whether there was a table inside. She checked and guided us to a free table inside which was excellent.

The service generally was excellent, as was the food.

TZ
TomatoZingySoup
Buckinghamshire
26 reviews