Nags Head Inn & Restaurant

4.4
395 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
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
Mon–Sat 08:00–10:00
Lunch
Mon–Sat 12:00–14:30
Sun 12:00–15:30
Dinner
Mon–Sat 18:30–21:30
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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
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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TR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely old pub, relaxed ambience, wonderful service, staff very friendly and caring. Food beautifully served and delicious. Maybe a tad expensive, so more appropriate on special occasions or infrequently.

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EE
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a nice roast dinner, I have been to the mags head before and always loved the roast I was a little bit disappointed this time as the roast wasn’t up to its usual standard. We also ordered a bottle of red wine to drink with our roast but we were half way through the roast when I finally turn up, that was after reminding them twice! But other than that we had a great time. The dessert is amazing you have to try the sticky toffee pudding if you go there!!!

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n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Roast dinner, good service, relaxed atmosphere

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AH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunchtime meal at the Nags Head and it was well worth the drive. Firstly it’s a beautiful building clearly full of history. The service throughout was attentive but relaxed (in a good way!). The food and wine was delicious! We will definitely be back.

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R
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic evening. Impressive food, excellent service... definitely need to make a return visit in the near future.

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SF
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really lovely creative dishes. Loved the ambiance of the restaurant. We were tucked away in an alcove which was nice and cosy but felt the service could have been a little bit more attentive as felt slightly forgotten at times. Apart from that would have no hesitation in recommending & will certainly be returning.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I booked a table for 4
for Sunday lunch well in advance. We were initially shown to a terrible table that was too small for two very tall men right by the kitchen. It took a lot of persuasion to change tables and we were then shown to their next smallest table for four! The Nags Head was our go to place for Sunday lunch and birthdays. Sadly given this experience we look for somewhere else in future.

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely Sunday lunch here. Great food, good wine list, friendly service. Highly recommended.

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CH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for evening meal to celebrate my wife's birthday the food exceptional and the service to match would highly recommend it for any occasion.

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VT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable atmosphere , great food and friendly staff. I highly recommend going.

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JM
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, wine, service and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend!

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal in the Nags Head. The roast was one of the best restaurant roasts I have had. Amazing roast potatoes.

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H
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were extremely disappointed with the quality of the food. It was not to the standard we expected from this restaurant. The meal was supposed to be the “special”, there was nothing special about this meal in any was - extremely disappointing. The sauce we paid extra for, was too think and unsuitable for the mussels. From our point of view, the kitchen didn’t show any respect for their customers, they thought, anything was good enough.

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TG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent moules special. portions much improved since the last time.

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AW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent food and friendly staff. No children's menu for Sunday lunch which isn't great since there is a children's menu for the regular menu. Priced quite highly but the food is so good that you don't feel hard done by. That said, it definitely makes it a special occasion place rather than a regular eatery.

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent as usual, excellent as usual, excellent as usual

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MB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hadn't beeb back for a while; an email advert tempted us back & well worth it !
Moules frites to die for ! (not literally!) Superb food great cheese plate and superb Eton Mess
Service excellent, friendly and attentive

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B
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Moules Mariniere, Duck and wonderful desserts. We had a great meal.

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GL
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal and evening, as usual, at this restaurant. Good menu with different interesting specials on every time we go. Good wine list. We will definitely keep going back!

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AR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was overpriced for the quality. Do not take children as there is no children's menu.

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D
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to the Nags Head to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The sun was shining so we ate in the delightful garden and managed to get a table in the shade, the service excellent with no need to order indoors. I had the sole which was excellent and my partner the roast beef, also very good although he wasn't offered if he would like it pink or well done; it was served in between. This was a Sunday lunch so I cannot comment about dining at other times or indoors.

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GT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably good quality. Pleasant atmosphere. Attentive and polite staff. Fantastic food. The perfect place for a special occasion, to catch up with friends or just because you can!

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MG
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Very poor service , had to stand at the bar whilst staff sat at a table eating , got shoved about by people passing , when seated took so long to get menus , had to eventually ask at the bar to get served , serviced got even worse , leaving us just having to pay and leave after more than a half hour wait for desert menus , when we did complain were told that they were busy , not good enough ,

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AH
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round. We were passing through the area and were glad we found this place particularly as we brought our dog.

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CH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Would highly recommend! Great for a special occasion.

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KH
Buckinghamshire
19 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really nice, steak cooked to perfection . Staff were good and attentive. Will be back soon

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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was ok but not brilliant.
The waiter needs re-training, particularly in how to relate to the older generation.

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SB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very pleasant destination for sunday lunch. The staff were friendly and the service was very good. The food was tasty but needed to be hotter (heat) and the roast potatoes were very delicious.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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OT
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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DO
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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ID
Worcestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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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VS
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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SW
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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S
Berkshire
15 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited several times and have never been disappointed. The service is attentive and the food is very good indeed. Look out for their specials, as they do some excellent dishes on a one-off basis.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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CO
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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JW
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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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P
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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D
London
25 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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