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The Stag & Huntsman at Hambleden
Ranked #1 of 1 Hambleden B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Travelling to the area and leaving booking to the last minute, we were impressed that the Stag and Huntsman were able to fit us in for that evening. The car park is large and there is ample, parking. It was a busy midweek summer's evening and it took a little time to get served, but nothing unexpected in a popular pub. We were shown to our room by a friendly staff member. The room was nice and had everything we needed. The food was nice - we particularly enjoyed the apple and blackberry crumble. Breakfast in the morning was very good and at an ideal time (8 til 10), as was check out (by 11). A little pricey for a B&B but for the convenience and location it suited us well. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This pub's accommodation was overpriced and over rated.
Depends on your reason for being in the area but it is fairly isolated.
On arrival I was shown to my room accessed by a very narrow and steep staircase. Had to ask the young gentleman to help carry my bag! Dodgy staircase.
I was staying there on business and needed a focal point for travelling in different directions.
I had a fairly early start in the morning. 7:30 isn't too early, I thought!
Breakfast was a problem. Was promised a basic breakfast but I had to wait for the continental breakfast to appear at 7:15. Chef didn't start until 8:00 and yet I was not offered any compensation or apology for not being able to have the full breakfast, included in the price. Had to wait quite a while for different parts, yogurt, milk, fruit juice etc because the young lady setting up had a LONG way to travel between store and dining room!

Room was OK, typically quaint but not equipped as it should have been for £120 a night. No mirror in the bedroom. TV was extra small for a large room. Bed was comfortable though and the ensuite very nice.
The evening meal was OK. No frills. The young lady serving was very pleasant, nice and helpful.
I would not recommend this accommodation unless prices were reduced. Then, if you are happy with a fairly out of the way, typical olde world kind of pub that could do with some freshening up and has an impersonal approach from staff then this one is for you.
Doors are locked at 11:00 so a late arrival is impossible.

Room Tip: Not sure there is a great choice! Certainly don't think the "chic option" will be wort...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank Moffat269
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This inn offers one a chance to stay in a picture-perfect (literally, many movies and TV shows have been filmed here) village within easy access to Heathrow - an wonderful alternative to staying near the airport as long as one has a car and one's flight is not leaving first thing in the am. The bedrooms have been updated and are comfortable. The food in the pub is tasty, even if the service was a bit challenged on a busy Friday night. We found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating. Would happily return.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ddandvb
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Hambledon is a beautiful English village and the Stag and Huntsman used to seem to be very much part of and in the style of the village. I am not sure now from the interior layout, the décor and the food menu what it is trying to be. I am not sure that it does either.

5 of us had lunch there in the beer garden on a nice sunny Sunday. Two of us ordered the grilled lemon sole and supposedly it came with boiled potatoes and salad. When it was delivered there was a fairly large lemon sole on the bone, with a small potato salad and nothing else. I did not expect to leave still hungry as I did. This dish represented not very good value. The plate of roast beef looked a better deal. The kiddies’ sausage and chips at £7.50 was a blatant rip-off (one small sausage and a small portion of chips).

The service at the bar was a bit haphazard, however, despite the fact that it was a busy sunny Sunday; the food did not take too long to come.

There is a nice beer garden to have a drink in after a walk in this really beautiful area for walking, however I am not sure that I would recommend planning on eating here.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank NomadicTraveller7
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

I live in the local area and have been to the Stag many times. When it first re-opened I was very impressed with the food and service (this was some time ago). Wanting to show my girlfriend from London a bit of the countryside and what we have to offer, we went for a long walk around gambled on and decided to stop at the Stag for lunch. The Stag was very busy which was good to see, however when ordering our food we weren't told that it would be more than an hour for food (burger and chips for me and sausage and mash for my girlfriend).
Upon asking where our food was at the 40min mark It was greeted with a snooty response in a dismissive manner which wasn't well received. She said she would chase it up and let us know.......she didn't let us know. At the hour mark we asked a different waitress who said she was sorry and offered us a free soft drink, we would have preferred our food.
After an hour the food arrived, it was very disappointing and average food! My burger bun was still cold from the freeze and the sausage and mash was mildly warm. All in all very disappointing and off that experience I wouldn't suggest it to anyone for food or service.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank LondonWill1987
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights in April. We had room 9, a suite which was well done though the lounge area a little dark. Our companions had room 8 a smaller room but very nice, but the same price for far less room.
On arrival we were told rather curtly to go to the other bar if you are checking in to the hotel. Not a problem but a sign would be nice. The food was good pub food but rather pricey. Our room was a little noisy early in the morning due to the neighbours doing some building work, and the rubbish lorry at 7.00 on Saturday. The car park is convenient but can get full quickly as it is the main village car park.
Our main gripe was poor housekeeping, with a cursory bed making and no replacement of supplies in the bathroom, including a hand towel we'd had to use to dry the floor where the shower had leaked and the bath mat became soaked.
It is a quintessential English village, a lovely setting, and obviously very popular with the locals. Breakfast was excellent and the morning staff were very friendly whilst others were efficient rather than friendly. We felt it was expensive for a pub with rooms, but given its proximity to Henley is probably within local rates.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
3  Thank AthelbraeTraining
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

We have loved visiting the Stag and Huntsman while living in the area for the past 20 years. However, on a recent Saturday lunchtime visit we were incredibly disappointed. We had booked a table in the restaurant area but the tables were far too close together and it was very noisy so we had to move to the bar area with no help from the staff with our drinks despite three of our party being elderly. The menu has been changed for the worse, with almost no choice for vegetarians and very limited for a light / sandwich lunch - two sandwich choices and only a few starters, otherwise the rest of the menu was large, expensive meals. There were not enough staff for a busy Saturday lunchtime, and a lot was forgotten - one of us had ordered soup and had to go and find their own spoon, and extra requests for butter / sauces were forgotten. After the food took an hour to come it was very minimal and fairly disappointing. We will not be returning to the pub for a long while until the menu is improved which is sad as it was such a lovely pub in a great location.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Sophie0401
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Address: The Stag and Huntsman, Hambleden RG9 6RP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Buckinghamshire > Hambleden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Hambleden
Price Range: £87 - £134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Stag & Huntsman at Hambleden 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled into the Chiltern Hills, between Henley and Marlow and just up from the River Thames, The Stag & Huntsman, lovingly restored, maintains the old world charm of a village pub. With a focus towards the local community - Hambleden and the local residents - the myriad of small and cosy drinking and eating spaces within the pub, the nine letting bedrooms and the pretty garden also provide a resting place and watering hole for those who travel further distances to the village. ... more   less 
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