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Rising Sun, Little Hampden

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We booked a stay at this Pub in 2007/2008 and not sure if it was the same landlord as that who received the adverse comments on this site but we can say that it was one of the nicest establishments that we have ever stayed (and there have been very many) The food was absolutely excellent and during the three or four days that we were at the premises it was "absolutely packed" every night and people were waiting for a table!!. The ale was very good and well kept and the landlord and his wife were also very friendly and the other staff were also without fault. The only distinguishing factor that we can recall about the landlord and his wife was that they had Harley Davidson motor-cycles and we think either came from Yelverton (which is near to us) or their name was Yelverton. If we were asked to give a rating out of 10 we would readily give them a 9 (10 being something to strive for in the future) The only reason we came to this particular website, was that we were looking to book some accommodation again at the property in the near future, so you can imagine our disappointment when we learnt that the premises are now closed. - Such a shame as the location was also perfect.
PhilSue - 15 Dec 2015 19:19
drove all the way up to find this pub, only to find out im a couple of years late. sad.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 12 Nov 2012 11:26
It's always sad when a pub closes, especially one in as idyllic location as this one. I have some sympathy with those who say that the landlord was a bit stand-offish and that the food was expensive, but it was a beautiful place and there are far worse experiences to be had in the Chilterns. A sad piece of news...
motco - 16 Oct 2010 18:25
Pub has been closed and turned into a private house which is currently up for rent. A few sad bits of pub furniture and fittings are still in a skip outside.

Shame as was a classic, isolated rural Chilterns pub.
charlie_m - 16 Sep 2010 22:10
The pub appears to be closed now.
Future licencees should take note, that if your main customers are walkers, then putting signs up that say "No muddy Boots", doesn't encourage walkers to come in.
trevorc - 3 Aug 2010 10:57
I think the previous comments about this pub are a little harsh. There is a sign about consuming your own food which is fair enough and I found the staff very attentive and the service was good even though it was a very busy sunday lunch-time.
The food was expensive for what it was (8 for 1 fish-cake and some chips!) but it was well prepared and no more expensive than similar places in the area.
cilliecider - 4 Jan 2010 21:23
Sitting outside for during a hike we had bought drinks but when trying to eat our sandwiches we were then barked at by the landlord about a 'polite notice of refraining from eating'. We would have understood this had we taken away seats of paying customers but it had been raining and we were the only ones there. He was impolite and there was no notice.Never again which is their loss as we are in a big walking group and will spread the word.
happywalker - 18 Aug 2009 10:49
Sadly the owner of this pub is very rude and manages to get my dander up every time i visit this establishment. Typical example of a "mini Hitler" and i'm afraid the offering doesnt justify the prices or the abuse. This pub was a Gem when the former owner "Cass" was running it, but now, frankly i dont need to spend money in an establishment where the owner feels he's doing you a favour.
blueroadster - 31 May 2009 19:06
Sadly the owner of this pub is very rude and manages to get my dander up every time i visit this establishment. Typical example of a "mini Hitler" and i'm afraid the offering doesnt justify the prices or the abuse. This pub was a Gem when the former owner "Cass" was running it, but now, frankly i dont need to spend money in an establishment where the owner feels he's doing you a favour.
blueroadster - 31 May 2009 19:06
Sadly the owner of this pub is very rude and manages to get my dander up every time i visit this establishment. Typical example of a "mini Hitler" and i'm afraid the offering doesnt justify the prices or the abuse. This pub was a Gem when the former owner "Cass" was running it, but now, frankly i dont need to spend money in an establishment where the owner feels he's doing you a favour.
blueroadster - 31 May 2009 19:06
Sadly the owner of this pub is very rude and manages to get my dander up every time i visit this establishment. Typical example of a "mini Hitler" and i'm afraid the offering doesnt justify the prices or the abuse. This pub was a Gem when the former owner "Cass" was running it, but now, frankly i dont need to spend money in an establishment where the owner feels he's doing you a favour.
blueroadster - 31 May 2009 19:06
Sadly the owner of this pub is very rude and manages to get my dander up every time i visit this establishment. Typical example of a "mini Hitler" and i'm afraid the offering doesnt justify the prices or the abuse. This pub was a Gem when the former owner "Cass" was running it, but now, frankly i dont need to spend money in an establishment where the owner feels he's doing you a favour.
blueroadster - 31 May 2009 19:06
Sadly the owner of this pub is very rude and manages to get my dander up every time i visit this establishment. Typical example of a "mini Hitler" and i'm afraid the offering doesnt justify the prices or the abuse. This pub was a Gem when the former owner "Cass" was running it, but now, frankly i dont need to spend money in an establishment where the owner feels he's doing you a favour.
blueroadster - 31 May 2009 19:05
Sadly the owner of this pub is very rude and manages to get my dander up every time i visit this establishment. Typical example of a "mini Hitler" and i'm afraid the offering doesnt justify the prices or the abuse. This pub was a Gem when the former owner "Cass" was running it, but now, frankly i dont need to spend money in an establishment where the owner feels he's doing you a favour.
blueroadster - 31 May 2009 19:05
Pub with a bit of character, in the middle of nowhere with plenty of strength-sapping hilly woodland walks to be had nearby. We stayed on a Saturday night and there was barely another soul to be seen (understandable in freezing cold January). The owners seemed friendly although virtually all our interaction came with the french-sounding barmaid who spoke very limited english so we did feel we missed out a bit on 'the human touch'. The accomodation was fine if over-warm (couldnt turn off radiator!), and at 75 it wasnt the cheapest, but overall I would recommend it mainly because of the tucked-away location.
coconuts27 - 7 Jan 2009 15:57
It is a lovely pub and the food is nice but felt a ripped off for a half pint of orange and lemonade for nearly 3. I should stick to beer.
Slowdrinker - 7 Jun 2008 09:48
Top ratings for this little gem. Set at the end of a no through road close to Chequers The Rising Sun is not easily found which frankly is part of it's charm. The food is excellent and most meals, if not all, are prepared from local and fresh ingredients by the owner of the pub Rory Dawson.
I have stayed at the pub several times and each time I go a warm welcome is always received.
The location is ace too, few beers, good food and a walk in the woods afterwards. What more do you need?
inkywebber - 26 Oct 2007 19:27
We stopped here halfway through a long walk through the Chilterns. The beer was so good we nearly didn't do the second half. We didn't eat but the menu looked good. An absolutely lovely pub that we will be going back to. 8/10 It may deserve 9 once we've stayed and eaten there.
Royed - 7 Jul 2007 21:13
Situated at the end of a long no through road in the middle of the Chiltern Hills, this beautiful inn is surprisingly busy predominately with walkers. It's been a hostelry according to the blurb since 1750 and if the couple of pints of Adnams I had were anything to go by then they should be there for a few more hundred years! (Breakspears was also on but that disagrees with me sadly). A rather inventive, although not cheap, menu looked interesting however I didn't eat so can't pass comment. Thoroughly recommended. 9/10
Phantom_Raspberry - 15 Feb 2007 14:55

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