The Ivy House Pub Review

Eat, drink, stay – but always enjoy!


Nationally The Ivy House is a top award winning pub known for its outstanding food, wines and real cask ales, set in the beautiful Chiltern Vale. To its regulars it is this and much, much more…. A welcoming, beautiful, friendly and warm old country Freehouse nestling in the heart of the Chiltern Hills with stunning views from every window. Behind those sturdy flint and brick walls over 200 years of history creates a really cosy atmosphere with open fires, old beams, lots of brass, old pictures, arm chairs and even the odd ghost story. No juke boxes or fruit machines here, just a genuinely warm welcome & friendly smile await!

Something Special Cooking

The Ivy House Chefs are always busy creating an innovative and ever changing menu. From the most traditional English Fayre to more exotic world wide inspired dishes. These days we are often called a Gastropub, we just like to think of us as a Great Pub with Great Food. Ours is food to eat and savour, not just talk about!! People come back time and time again to work through our extensive menu or see what’s new and tempting on our even more creative Special’s board. Just come in and see what special local or distant delicacies our Head Chef has managed to create for you today – from Pan Fried Ostrich with Mango & Orange Sauce to Fresh Sea Bass Fillets in Sage & Onion Cream Sauce.
Dine where ever you wish, the menu is the same. Sink into a cosy armchair by the fire in the bar or walk through to the original coach house and you will find an old world non-smoking restaurant with occasional sightings of the resident ghost, affectionally known as Sam – sightings definitely not guaranteed!!!

A World of Choice

Of course there is also a very well stocked bar including 4 great cask conditioned ales from local and national breweries. In fact there is nearly always a new beer to sample, we’ve offered over 300 different real ales over the last 5 few years, no wonder our Camra followers keep coming in!! Even more unusual is the superb collection of fine wines from classic French vineyards to more distant lands all around the World. Our extensive list is a joy for any wine lover with over 50 to choose from, we even have over 25 wines by the glass, including the house Champagne – but in case you are driving we also have a wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages.

A Bar full of delights

Relax in our beautiful old fashioned bar with deep arm chairs, open fires and much more. Here you can study our extensive menu and wine list or the amazing range or wonderful drinks on offer from cask ales and bottle beers to our extensive range of Malt Whiskies – another speciality, including some rare favourites of the Landlord, he’ll even try to get special one in for you – as long as he can sample a wee dram!

Accommodation that’s a Travellers Delight

After an extensive £1/2million redevelopment in 2003 we now now offer luxury en-suite bedrooms to extend your stay with us overnight and awake refreshed to a wonderful home-cooked traditional breakfast. With individually designed and themed rooms that make you feel just as at home as our famous warm welcome.

Facilities for Everyone

After our redevelopment we are delighted to announce we can now offer proper deluxe facilities for disabled people – a rarity in a Grade 2 listed 250 year old building. We are still awaiting permission to put in proper disabled parking spaces but we hope this will happen soon.
Of course, families and babies are also catered for with baby changing facilities and a Junior diners menu plus colouring sheets, and even a Wendy house in the garden for our younger customers. Click here for more information on our….

Meet The Ivy House Team – a welcome to all!

At your service with so much more than just a smile. The Ivy House is a close team, many having been with us for years. From the Owners to the Manager to the waiting and cleaning staff – we all care passionately about our beautiful old Freehouse and want you to feel the same way! That is why the Ivy House welcome is so wonderful and sadly very unusual these days. We enjoy our jobs, and want you to enjoy your visit. The welcome is genuine as you will realise from the first smile. We will go out of our way to meet your needs, obviously we cannot do everything all of the time, but you won’t know unless you ask!!