I went here with some trepidation because of the previous owners' reputation for poor food and service and the mixed reviews here. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
Now under new management the pub has been restyled. It's essentially minimalist decor though slightly on the fussy side with large coloured wine glasses on every table. If you want to drop in for a drink it's not that kind of pub- the bar area is tiny and it is much more a restaurant than a pub with food.
We visited on a Friday lunchtime and it was two thirds full, mainly with older female diners.
There were two menus- the set lunch menu or the a la carte specials that were on a blackboard. There didn't appear to be any other menus.
Myself and partner each had sole with lemon butter and capers. This was served with some rocket leaves,onions and peppers. The fish was grilled on the bone and the sauce and capers were plentiful- a bit too much. The only criticism was that the salad didn't really go with it- a hot vegetable or potatoes might have worked better.
There were three other fish dishes on the special board- sea bass, battered haddock or a hake dish. Our sole was £15.95 so not cheap. Many of the main courses were around the £20 mark and for that you really do expect top notch grub. I didn't take much notice of the starters or puddings but noticed there was a pheasant terrine or similar, butternut squash soup and a salmon starter.
We were served complimentary bottled water and a coffee afterwards.
The only criticism was that the serving team were a little disorganised and over-attentive. we were asked for our order at least twice and no fewer than 3 waitresses asked us if we wanted puddings or coffee. One of them brought us change for the bill- which we had not yet paid. Management might try to allocate waiting staff to tables to prevent this over-attention.
All in all, not a bad experience but it's expensive for a country pub and will need to be on the ball charging what it does to keep loyal trade. It's not your usual sausage and mash or pie and chips pub, and anyone with young children would find the decor and menu unsuitable.
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- The Live and Let Live Inn has recently undergone a complete refurbishment, resulting in stunning 7 en-suite chalets, complete with flat screens and wi-fi, sitting in newly landscaped gardens. These chalets are nestled in the Chiltern Hills, an area of natural beauty, a renowned rambling destination, and with a generous car park and complementary bike hire. The Live and Let Live Inn also benefits from a fully refurbished bar and restaurant which sources local ingredients to bring a fresh menu that tastes delicious as well as supporting local food producers. Situated only 15 minutes from Luton airport, with a personal driver to and from the airport. The Live and Let Live Inn is the perfect choice for the start of your holiday, or the holiday itself. ... more less
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