Origins at The White Lion

4.6
103 reviews
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£25 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Origins aspires to create beautiful, healthy food in small dishes inspired by cuisine from around the world, freshly made in our own kitchens for our discerning diners. With carefully select wines and stunning cocktails to accompany our meals or at our vibrant bar, we bring an echo of London's finest restaurants and bars into the heart of Buckinghamshire.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, International
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Thu 12:00–22:30
Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00
Sun 12:00–15:30
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Phone number
01494 863696
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Gennaro Grella
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Parking Details
Off street parking available for patrons only
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Public Transit
3 minutes walk to Great Missenden Train station.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 103 People Are Saying
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JB
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to hang out with girlfriends. Food and cocktails never disappoint.

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SM
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been to Origins on several occasions and have always been impressed. Unfortunately this time 2 of my dishes weren’t so good, although my partners dishes were very good. The crab tapas had quite a lot of broccoli and was soggy and my aubergine dish was very tasty but just warm. Hopefully next we come it will be back to the usual high standard.

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RD
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Food was excellent, as was the service. We had a proper mixture, meatballs and curry and Gambas and fish goujons and potato bravas and the star of the show, the chorizo in red wine! Highly recommended.

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

Origins has never failed to please.
I done there regularly and have never had cause to complain. Food and service always of a high standard and staff are very friendly.

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JS
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I was disappointed as received much better service here a few weeks ago. This time, one of our party had to get up to attract attention every time we needed anything. We were seated behind a pillar which probably didn't help but we certainly felt invisible. I also thought that the music was a little bit too loud, meaning that everyone had to raise their voice to be heard. The food was good.

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A
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great evening with good food served by happy chatty staff.
The cocktails are well worth trying!

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HC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal for two to celebrate an anniversary. Origins is our go-to restraint for birthdays and special occasions, the service and food are always exceptional. Highly recommend to lovers of good food and socialising.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding as always. Great food and drink and very welcoming. Love it.... a little gem in the countryside.

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NM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

An enjoyable evening out for an out-of-town guest, my partner, and myself. Service was very good, very attentive. Menu was interesting but, as the dishes are small, it would have perhaps been better if their delivery to the table was staggered - it would have prevented them from growing cold during the course of dinner. Ambiance was energetic, if a bit loud (not the restaurant's fault).

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OT
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant...
Can't speak highly enough..
Fab food..great atmosphere..friendly staff
You really MUST try it!

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a gentle Friday lunch. Only ate what we wanted - a small selection of tapas. No pressure to eat more or leave. They did us well.

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Always nice to come here for an evening meal. Staff very friendly and welcoming, service good and excellent food. The only thing I don’t like is the unusual 2 tone lighting. I always ask for front bar area and tables, as the lighting here is fine, but the other eating areas have a purple effect which makes the food look a bit unappetising.

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Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A favourite spot for food that is inventive, tasty and well-served. Our latest visit didn't disappoint, with the dishes served piping hot, which is an important element for us but sadly lacking in many restaurants. The service was also friendly and efficient, as always.

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DB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Took some friends visiting from the USA for lunch and we all really enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

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M
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourites - tapas at the best - looking forward to the new menu that will be available shortly after 5 Dec.
Cocktails also very good and varied.

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, as usual; friendly service. Slightly disappointed to find that Origins is no longer doing the set lunch menu as that was particularly good value (and was still shown on the website when I booked).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Superb evening in all respects

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

From the moment we walked in, actually the door was opened for us and we were ushered in and welcomed by a very charming man (also taking our coats - I'm sure he would have parked the car if we'd asked!). The table was reserved and drinks brought speedily, with knowledgeable interaction with the bar staff about the drink choices. Food was delicious, beautifully served and presented. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our Local wine bar which serves excellent food in pleasant surroundings with great service.

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked on a friend's recommendation and wasn't disappointed.
Lovely joice of tapas, wine and tea!
Would definitely go back.
Some choices on the dessert menu were a bit pricey, but as a treat who cares!

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great atmosphere and first class service. Well recommended. I recommend ordering 3 dishes each though.

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Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great place, cocktails menu, food, buzzing and service. Loved it.

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made booking to celebrate daughter's birthday. It was busy and "buzzing", but the service was efficient and very friendly. The food was delicious - best tapas I've ever eaten! Not cheap but you really do get what you pay for. Would definitely go again...and again 😉

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were attentive and knowledgeable. We attended because it was Gin week and we were keen to try their speciality Gins. They did not disappoint! Food was amazing and we had a wonderful catch up . Would highly recommend and will come back again

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Origins at the White Lion always delivers fantastic tapas accompanied with wonderful cocktails and wines. Staff are always polite and courteous and offer a high standard of service.

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a lovely restaurant. The cocktails are a good way to finish the meal. Service was also to a high standard.

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A
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The new Assitant Manager served our table. My friend said he had B.O.
His serving was not attentive and not up to the usual standard of Origins

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant - good staff and great food. Only spoilt by making the mistake of asking staff to book us a taxi back to Aylesbury. They called Elite cabs who stiffed us for £35!!! for a 10 mile trip back home. Felt like we'd been robbed. Called restaurant, who did their best to trace the taxi firm, but couldn't d anything about the extortionate fare. Would go again but next time I'd drive.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a good meal with great food and attentive service

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Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As ever, excellent tapas and ambience. For once a slightly disappointing dessert - overcooked chocolate

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HW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely evening, good food, attentive service and a nice atmosphere. Would definitely recommend it!

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Although we weren't given the table we would have liked, the manager was polite and apologised. He was able to put it on our records our choice of seating for next time!

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Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had amazing food... great service and plenty of bubbles... a really great evening. Would definitely recommend

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and varied menu, excellent food and good service. Selected an excellent wine from the fine wine list. I would heartily recommend this restaurant!

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C
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere, food, drinks and service all 5*
Friendly staff
Would go every day if we could afford to

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b
Essex
40 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyable tapas fusion - the menu features a range of Spanish and Asian tapas. Each dish was beautifully presented and very tasty. Would have liked them hotter though as most were room temperature on arrival. All in all nice experience.

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L
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice tapas and wine! Good place to eat and have a catch up with friends.

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C
London
15 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service! Would definitely come here again. The changing colour neon lights aren't to my taste but a lovely place nonetheless.

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OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tapas dining at its best. Could have eaten everything on the menu. Fabulous cooking and generous portions.

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have eaten here on many occasions and the food is consistently good. However on Saturday night we had a slight issue with being rushed. Our booking was for 7.30 and by 8.10 all our food was on the table causing over crowding and feeling that we were being rushed out which when you spend £160 for 4 people isn't the best value for money. Staff are very willing but may be should be trained in slowing things down a little. We will definitely return and hope this was a small blip.

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