The Pointer

4.6
493 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasions
A Restaurant, Bar, Butchers and Farm. Serving fantastic, seasonal and thoroughly delicious food and drink.

Our attitude to food is pretty straightforward: we cook what is best on the day, using the seasonal produce we either grow ourselves on our Farm or obtain from local markets and suppliers. Beef and Pork comes from our own livestock herds and neighbouring farms who share our passion.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, Organic, Contemporary British
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 2:30pm and 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm and 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3pm and 5:30pm - 8pm
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Phone number
01844 238339
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
James Graham
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Private Party Contact
Miriam Fischer: 01844 238339
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Nearest Bus Stop adjacent to the Pointer Pub
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
What 493 People Are Saying
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SS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We took friends to the Pointer last Sunday for lunch at 2pm. We had not seen these friends for a long time and decided to book the Pointer as we wanted something special (that didn’t happen)! The service was slow to say the least. The food was nothing special. I ordered the Salmon starter which was so small you could hardly see it. I ordered the beetroot tart for a main course which was equally small and unimpressive, I left hungry!! We did not order a desert because it was nearly 5pm and we just ran out of time as the service was so slow. We couldn’t face another hours wait!! How they can charge so much for so little is beyond me. I have never complained before about a restaurant experience but I feel so upset our day was spoilt I feel I need to write this now.

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HM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Genuinely the best meal we’ve enjoyed in the last six months. My husband is a real foodie & difficult to impress, but the team at the Pointer managed to do just that. Thank you to the chef for coming to chat to us about how our dishes were created. My husband recommends the black pudding starter!

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MW
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Bar staff unfortunately were not terribly welcoming or friendly
Food and presentation was superb - fair price for the food, sting in the tail was being charged £5.00 per coffee!
Beautiful Pub would definitely visit again

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PF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our food was simply excellent and the service was spot on.
I felt that the room was a bit "Rural" and not suited to intimate dining but it won't deter me from booking again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was the usual high standard we have come to expect. Portion of bass may have been a tad small but steak was excellent and plenty of it. We have always found service excellent. Wines very nice, with our choice assisted by a very knowledgable waitress.

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k
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food, couldn't be faulted.
No wonder it’s been named Pub of the Year 2018 by the Michelin Eating Out In Pubs 2018.

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LH
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute gem, the food is devine and the service is exceptional. Not the cheapest but worth those extra few pounds. Would recommend to anyone.

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JB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as ever, always a great experience. My husband’s steak was the best he’d eaten in a long time. One of our favourite restaurants.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing Sunday roast, best in Bucks. The beef shine stuffed Yorkie is incredible!

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r
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pretty village with lots of character and the Pointer is an attractive bar and restaurant with exposed beams and trusses and old worlde character.
It has a pretty walled garden with tables and chairs and the dining room is calm and bright and tasteful with open kitchen attached. The menu is short and focussed on seasonal and fresh local produce. Prices are on par with top London restaurants - beef main course £30 and choice of two fish main course both £24. All cooking was faultless and portion sizes were frankly small for the price. Desserts £7 to £9 again on par with good London restaurants but well cooked and tasty. Lovely venue, good food and quiet dining room. Only two tables on the sunny Saturday afternoon we went.

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SW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I'd been once before and was impressed with the food. My partner and I took my parents for a special birthday meal on Friday night, but our table was right next to the bar which was busy all evening, and it was a struggle for us to hear each other. I did ask at the beginning if there was any chance we could move but apparently they were fully-booked. This would slightly put me off from eating there again on a busy evening. The food was good and the decor and general atmosphere is excellent.

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F
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although we enjoyed our lunch, it was over-priced. We went for the 'pub favourites' menu, as the we didn't particularly like the farm menu choices. That menu was £18.50 for 2 courses; we paid £17.50 for one course. A la carte was totally outside our budgets.
We will think twice before returning. The area isn't shirt of good, reasonably priced eateries.

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D
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent pub/ restaurant with the best local produce. Well worth the drive and we have recommended it to friends and family already. I had pork belly and my husband had the steak both meals were perfect and very tasty.The service was impeccable. The warm bread and chefs complimentary soup was a nice touch.

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SR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We only have one negative to report from our dining experience at The Pointer, and that is the musi, which all three of we diners found a bit distracting.

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JW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit. We are real foodies and have to say this goes directly into top 3 Sunday lunch spots. Portions are very generous and quality of all 3 courses and drinks were exceptional - a real treat. Also loved how clear it was that they cared for the ingredients. Lastly the beef dripping butter with sourdough bread I couldn’t get enough of!

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s
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

excellent dinner, speedy service and friendly staff

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C
London
32 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fresh and flavoursome food, beautiful village setting, very attentive and efficient wait staff. Worth the drive! Will definitely go back.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Second visit in two months and the venue continues to impress. Menu changed regularly and staff very proffessional. Definiltely go again sometime !!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasant seating, great food and no one looking at the clock to get you 'off ' the table. lunch went on for 4 hours!

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RR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue very worthy of recent Pub/restaurant of the year award. High standards for food,drink and restaurant presentation incl great find of Cornish 'pernod' . Very accommodating with our special request for prawn cocktail. All round a very memorable visit.

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SR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Pointer specialises in the use of local farm ingredients. The food was high quality, especially the cured salmon, pork and steak. The staff were all very friendly, though we didn’t get our starters until we’d been there for an hour. I think a little more imagination with the meat main courses would have been good, without losing their core values. Brill is a beautiful village. Lunch next time.

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SS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another fab evening of food, service and drinks! Stayed at the hotel and had great breakfast too.

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EA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have reviewed The Pointer before because its our local - lucky us ! Although the menu isnt large, I have always been torn at ordering time about what to have - this time I had a starter (beetroot and goats cheese salad), a starter as a main (sardines) and then a pudding (caramac bar) - it was all lovely. My partner had the ham hock terrine, steak (which he raved about) and a double Plum Sake instead of a pud. G&T's all around the meal. Miriam manages the restaurant and always wants to have feedback and know about issues so they can try and resolve them - she also remembers people who have been before which is always nice. We have also had Sunday lunch here which is excellent. There is sometimes quiet music on but I prefer none as I like the chatter of conversation around me as well as being able to hear what my company is saying ! Vegans and vegetarians will not have the same level of choice as carnivores and pescitarians. Finally, its worth mentioning that the quality of the fish is excellent, not bad in land locked Bucks.

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CT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little disappointed compared to previous visits. The choice of meals was very small and no specials added to the printed menu. Had a burger, mostly due to lack of choice, which was delicious but certainly no better than other places and was expensive in comparison.

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JE
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A most enjoyable meal after visiting Waddesdon Manor. Staff were all very helpful and friendly and had a good rapport with all at the table.
Food was full of flavour and well presented.....lovely amuse buche from the chef to start the meal.
Have already recommended it to two foodie friends.
Thank you to everyone, The Pointer had all the right vibes.

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CB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Again , absolutely faultless food and service
Delicious

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

Disappointing visit. Service efficient but lacked warmth and enthusiasm. Food wasn't to the standard we expected- steak expensive so anticipated something special - but was chewy and presentation basic. No side dishes offered with main so only meat with minimal vegetable garnish - if we'd known would have ordered sides - though for the price sides should be included. No other diners in restaurant which seemed odd as was a Saturday so atmosphere was lacking. Not sure if management has changed but definitely not as good as our previous visit over a year ago.

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KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely welcoming place to eat, great quality food and very nice wine list. Good attention to detail. Will definitely recommended to friends and family.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant in lovely village. Staff were attentive without being intrusive, food was excellent. Unfortunately my wife was very ill the following night, possibly due to tarragon being used in the hollandaise sauce. Will definitely dine there in the future.

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CS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent gin selection! Food was amazing, really beutifully presented and delicious. Didn't want the meal to end! We had 2 glasses of amazing wine too.
Service was fair, but to be fair it seemed they were short staffed and we weren't in a rush.
Definitely would go again and recommend for a great meal.

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ZS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening, a couple of let downs that at 8.30 they had run out of the sharing steak, but there was an alternative steak on the menu. Service was very slow and took about an hour for our mains to arrive, staff were apologetic, but we had to keep trying to get their attention for bread, more drinks etc. We were not in a rush so we didn’t mind but would make us consider twice if booking for a larger group.
The food was the highlight and was faultless, we had the best meal in ages, the atmosphere was relaxed and informal with carefully thought out decor. We will certainly return for the food alone !

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O
London
24 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and great service. Food: some very good, some less so (fish batter oily, chips not good).
Would certainly return

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KY
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My 1st time here. Very nice pub. Great service from very friendly staff. Will definitely be back.

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KD
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to The Pointer. Fabulous location, food and atmosphere. We were here for a special Birthday lunch. The staff were lovely....attentive without being over-enthusiastic! We’ll definitely be back.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good, except spinach with the tongue was almost raw, which we did mention to a waitress.
Your beef dripping butter and crisp toast is brilliant.
Waitresses were competent, but did not make us feel that we were valued customers.
We both had very slight stomach problems next morning, strange as all the food seemed fresh.
Also find the menu a little limited, not a lot of choice.
So admit I seem to be coming up with many criticisms as in fact we enjoyed our meal - but am still slightly surprised at how popular I know you are.

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SC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food. Interesting wine list . Emphasis is on local produce

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

An unusual pub with lots of own produce in the picturesque and quintessential English village of Brill, which has a beautiful position in its own right. The charcuterie platter was excellent and with a very unusual half bottle of delicious Moscato d'Asti.

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DK
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Although the choice at first seemed small, the food we chose was delicious. The steak was so tender and cooked to perfection and the mullet light and fresh. Although we are usually not big pudding fans we both ordered the apricots with granola and ice cream and left the plates completely clean. The young waiters were very professional and friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Definitely worth visiting and we will be back

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S
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Bread and butter delicious, starters very good, lamb delicious, green veg the best I’ve eaten in a restaurant for a very long time, but horseradish sauce not punchy enough, blackcurrant sorbet truely excellent.

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VK
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was very disappointing, from lack of welcome and casual point at a nearby table. It was a lovely day we weren't offered the chance of eating outside. Long wait to order and then 45 mins before bread arrived. The young men serving were nice, friendly but a bit off-hand.
The food, when it did arrive, was pretty and very good.
We were in the rear corner of front dining room - long and thin - next to a table with elderly guests. I am deaf and use hearing aids so would have appreciated somewhere quiet. Although I did not mention this when booking on-line, my husband did tell the staff when we arrived but they appeared not to make a connection between needing a quiet table.
The food and wine list were both reasonable. The local English sparkling was good.

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