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Ivy House, Chalfont St Giles

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user reviews of Ivy House, Chalfont St Giles

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I recently stayed at the Ivy House, a very comfortable room, although it certainly looked more spacious in the pictures.

Three hand pumps, 1 x something spring time and zesty, not to my taste and 2 x London Prides...? Why not have something else on instead? I was rescued by the bottled ESB in the fridge.

A decent wine list.

Now we come to the food, this for me is where the pub scored most highly, great quality, not too highly priced and a fully booked restaurant for the evening, which tells its own story.

Friendly bar staff and landlord Alfie was very welcoming.
Ade.The.Raider - 11 Mar 2015 15:22
Neo-rustic Fullers pub/restaurant on the main drag out of the poet Milton’s former stamping ground, Chalfont St Giles. It’s hard to find anything wrong with The Ivy House; the Fullers beers are in good nick, the surroundings clean and contemporary and the staff pleasant; it just all seems a little too ‘safe’. Overhearing a conversation about the Window Tax was a bonus if somewhat unexpected.
Komakino - 7 Mar 2014 14:59
The Inn stands by the A413 which is to be expected as it is a 'coaching inn', decor is a little modern for the exterior, but food was great, wine list was good and the gardens (it was pretty hot so we 'al frescoed') were lovely, with spectacular views across farmland. True there were cars from time to time, but we hardly noticed them after a few minutes.
Coronach - 23 Jul 2013 08:55
its clean and contemporary inside, but this place lacks any real charm or character. its a standard middle class identi-kit pub. the building itslef is very nice, but the interior is straight out of fullers marketing guidlines. the beers are decent, the food looks good. in the summer the views out the front onto the chiltern hills are wonderfull, untill a car flys past on the A413 two meters in front of you. overall nothing bad, but nothing special.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 9 Feb 2012 16:16
Just passing by last night and decided to stop for a drink and something to eat.
Staff were fantastic, pub very nice and food and drink were superb could not fault it at all .
Will definetly return even though it is about 15 miles away.
eltel - 24 Apr 2011 19:24
This pub was recently taken over by Fullers and they have done their usual sympathetic refurbishment. It is a nice country pub with fina ales and great catering.
malo66 - 5 Jan 2009 17:30
Don't care about the food. It's a pub. Only had the one here and has recently been done up. Nice enough and interesting pictures on the wall but would have liked to have seen what it was like before it was done up
johnwarkstache - 8 Oct 2008 23:33
EXCELLENT!! Has a great selection of real ales, which are constantly changing so you get to try a different one each time you come in. Wonderful staff, superb cuisine, and great atmosphere. This pub definately lives up to it's reputation in the area as being one of the best pubs in Britain.

p.s. - also has the cleanest cellar I've ever seen!!
bananasforbeer_com - 5 Nov 2007 15:46
everybody is saying nice things about this pub well mayb it was coincidence but i had the shits for a week ill give it an other go but will take my rubber pants next time on the plus side i tried all the beers and they were all top notch so 10 for the beer and zero for guts ache
anonymous - 25 Sep 2007 15:15
Reviews are good and internal decor was promising. The food however was ordinary, service good.
karen7 - 27 Jul 2007 17:37
Taken to the ivy house for my birthday with a group of friends. The staff were very friendly and made a fuss of me. great choice of wine for the girls and the blokes thought the choice of real ale was fantastic and very good quality.Then the food came out and wow!!! presentation out of this world and an added bonus it tasted fantastic.With my coffee the staff added a candle and sang to me.Great evening great food and drink fantastic staff good value for money.
starlight - 5 May 2007 15:09
The food here is very good. Although you might pay a little more than fast food or 'pub' grub establishments the choice is far superior (and not at all pretentious). My husband had an ostrich dish with the sauce of the day from the specials board and I had a salmon fillet and even though we weren't going to have dessert we took the recommendation of our waiter and shared their famous bread and butter pud and custard. The location is a little out the way but we thought that added to the ambience! well done 10/10
emma32 - 28 Mar 2007 12:34
This pub goes from strength to strength! Have been visiting for about a year now and the experience gets better each time! The staff are incredibly good - the best I've ever experienced - the menu is varied and food is of exceptional quality.

thoroughly recommend!
spike69 - 18 Mar 2007 22:30
Food is very good and a varied menu, pub has a separate restaurant or you can eat in the bar, same menu, same price. Pleasant atmosphere and service is usually very good.

Serves real ale with guest beers, and you can taste a sample before ordering.

Large car park and overlooking a beautiful view but ruined by the busy road (A413) that runs in front.

Also does accommodation.

Pub is isolated though and a fair walk to the village.

Malc_London - 6 Nov 2006 10:46
Had a pleasant lunch here with a friend and decided to come back for family birthday celebration. Food good but expensive. Very strange end to the evening when waiter disappeared. No offer of coffee, no bill, had to wait over half an hour. Very strange atmosphere - not pleasant at all. Wrote to manager to ask for explanation in pleasant tone. No reply received.
pen - 24 Oct 2006 20:34
Fancy menu, but not terribly good in terms of quality or price. 35 quid a head for pub grub? People must be out of their minds to pay that.

As this is a beer forum, the beer was drinkable, but not spectacular and I was made to feel awkward when I asked for a pint to be changed because it tasted of cleansing fluid.
cynicalbastard - 22 Oct 2006 18:27
Had so many recommendations that we thought wed try the Ivy House for ourselves. Thought the food quality and presentation was absolutely excellent- surpassed only by the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. What a find, no wonder theyve won so many Awards over the last few years!
adamp - 16 Oct 2006 22:25
We went to the Ivy House for our anniversary dinner on Saturday and were very impressed.
The restaurant was full, and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. The food is excellent, and with a bill for two including wine and drinks at less than 70 was good value for money.
Vic007 - 18 Sep 2006 09:04
Went here the other evening for dinner with friends. Not particularly impressed: nice enough welcome, good menu, but the food was overpriced and the portions not large enough. Dreadful coffee!!
Chalky9 - 24 Aug 2006 18:18
Would have to agree with beezer the menu lets you belive the food is good it is not verry poor and untrained staff try the white hart st giles
masson - 16 Aug 2006 10:58
I stayed there recently - having booked months ago, I had reserved 1 double room and 2 twins. This was confirmed during a call I made the week before we were due to stay - however, on arrival I was told they didn't have any twin rooms... I know I would not have booked had this been the case. It was too late to move so we had to put up with it. Not only was the room miniscule - you had to move one at a time and get out of the way of the other - but I felt like I was sleeping next to the M4 - it was so noisy, and because it was so hot, the window had to be open. Not a pleasant stay and at that price not a cheap one either.
anonymous - 4 Jul 2006 17:54
I like the food and the staff are friendly. It's not cheap but you get what you pay for. Not really a pub any more.
Davidd - 16 Jun 2006 10:47
i recently attened a family function which was held at the ivy house, and i would just like to comment on how friendly i found the staff and what a plesent and welcoming atmosphere the place had. I cant wait to go back.
anonymous - 7 Feb 2006 20:52
I completely disagree with the above review. I use the Ivy House regularly and I have always found the service excellent. The food is well cooked, the combinations insightful and the presentation excellent. Yes, it is not the cheapest place to eat, but I believe you pay for the quality you receive. As for the atmosphere, all I can say is that the place is buzzing everytime I go there and I have never felt anything but completely welcome.
anonymous - 5 Feb 2006 19:58
Used to use this pub regularly but the service went from bad to worse. Everything revolves around making as much money as possible out of the food, and there is no pub atmosphere at all. The food itself is pretentious, average, and grossly overpriced. Try the White Hart in St. Giles village for real cooking.
beezer - 9 Dec 2005 13:54

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