As you take the country drive out of the village of Chinnor and across the picturesque ridge you will enter the quaint little village of Bledlow Ridge where you are welcomed by a modern, family-friendly village pub and eating house, THE BOOT.
This is where Mike and I recently experienced a stunningly presented three-course lunch, which not only looked fantastic on the plate but also tasted sublime.
On entering the contemporary decorated restaurant your mood is instantly lifted as you are greeted with a smile by proprietors, Andy and Emma, their team of warm & hospitable bar and waiting staff and a fully stocked bar serving an abundance of local ales, beers, spirits and fine wines. The ambience is friendly and everybody in the place from the staff to the customers seems happy & cheerful.
We were then shown to our seats to peruse the extensive menu full of locally sourced foods to excite your taste buds. Prepare to be spoilt for choice, as all the dishes on offer from the locally sourced Fresh Fish Specials, 3-Course Lunch Time Special menu to the á la carte selection all sound mouth-wateringly tasty. We opted for the very reasonably priced, £20.00 for three exquisite courses, Lunch Set Menu and chose Thai Spiced Crab Cake with wilted Spinach & Sweet Chilli Sauce and Chicken Liver Parfait served with Onion Jam & toasted Brioche to start us off. My Crab Cake was light and fluffy with a subtle aromatic flavour complimented perfectly by the sweet chilli sauce and Mike’s pate was silky on the tongue and jam packed with flavour. To follow, Mike opted for Breast of Cornfed Chicken wrapped in Parma Ham, Bubble & Squeak, Chorizo, Pea & Pearl Onion Jus whilst I dined on a Fillet of Salmon, which was served to me in a warm bowl with an accompaniment of crushed New Potatoes, Asparagus, Crispy Pancetta and Hollandaise Sauce. As a huge lover of salmon and hollandaise I had high expectations of this dish and I wasn’t disappointed as this was simply one of the most delicious, well-presented food creations that I have ever tasted. The flavours that engulfed my mouth from the first bite through to the last mouthful (which I didn’t want to end) really was a taste explosion and one that I would most definitely want to experience again. Mikes chicken was succulent and tender and the gravy was Qu.‘the best I’ve tasted in a long time!” This is because all the handmade sauces/gravy’s at The Boot are blended together in a huge stockpot from the tasty meat juices and left to infuse flavour before serving so they really pack a punch. We finished of our meal with a rich & creamy Crème Brûlée presented in a tea cup (a nice touch) with homemade gingerbread biscuits on the side.
In addition to the above mentioned menu’s, Head Chef Andy Hipgrave, creates dedicated set menus for calendar events throughout the year including Mothering Sunday (6th March) and Easter (Sunday 27th March), Father’s Day and Christmas as well as Bar Snacks for visitors who would prefer a light bite over a leisurely drink or cup of coffee.
During the winter months The Boot extends their seated offering into the marquee which is a detachable heated extension to the restaurant. In the summer months guests can enjoy alfresco dining in the large garden to the side of the venue. The Boot also host a number of outside events in this space with the most imminent being an Anniversary Garden Party on Saturday 14th May to celebrate Andy & Emma’s third year at the establishment. This free to attend afternoon event will include a number of activities to keep people of all ages entertained from inflatables and face painting to a kids disco and hog roast. Then in the evening adults can enjoy a bit of well-earned ‘grown-up time’ and revel in an night of live entertainment from quality Take That and George Michael Tribute acts. Tickets are just £10.00, which includes a free drink and the chef will be laying on a festival style dining option for those who want to experience the culinary delights The Boot has to offer.
“If you are looking for a place to take your family for a weekend roast or to enjoy an evening of fine dining with your spouse pop into The Boot – you will leave with a full belly and a warm heart.”