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The Birch at Woburn, Woburn - pub details

Address: 20 Newport Road, Woburn, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9HX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 37287) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Aspley Guise (2 miles), Woburn Sands (2.1 miles), Bow Brickhill (3.1 miles)

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user reviews of the Birch at Woburn, Woburn

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The sign outside proclaims that this is a "bar and restaurant" and this, together with the fact that when you arrive you see neatly trimmed tress adorned with fairy lights and a car park full of prestige German vehicles immediately gives you a good idea of what to expect and the market that they are aiming for.

Within about five minutes of arriving, three different people had attended to me - a barmaid who kept calling me Sir, poured my pint and insisted that I take a seat and she would bring it over; a waitress who arrived with cutlery, serviette, complimentary olive bread and a tray of olives and a oil and balsamic dip; and a waiter to bring the menu and explain about the specials. My pint arrived on small paper napkin printed with the pub's name, although of course only a starched linen one was suitable for actually using as a serviette..

Decor is modern and contemporary with dark wooden flooring, deep red paintwork on the upper part of the walls and khaki green wood panelling below along with some modern artwork on the walls. The bar area at the front is a U-shape with most of seating being tables for two or four and upright chairs with chocolate brown leather upholstery. A brick fire-place and wood burning stove was off to the right, and although this was not in use on this occasion, a pile of logs stacked up next to it suggested that it may be more than just decorative. Recessed down lighters in the ceiling provided the lighting along with a few candles around the fire-place and there was an open glass shelf running around the top of the bar.

I didn't investigate the restaurant area, preferring to eat in the bar as I was dining alone. I got the impression that most people using the bar were in fact diners having a pre-dinner drink before going in to the restaurant, although there were three or four guys at one table who did not appear to be eating. The loos were similarly plush with smart tiling on the floor, more recessed down lighters and a choice of hand lotions.

The food menu was, as expected, a cut above your usual pub grub and included half a dozen or so dishes priced at around the £15 - £20 mark, along with a selection of steaks, many of which were available by the ounce which was unusual. My Gressingham Duck Breast with cider braised red cabbage, raisins, potato fondant and a honey and thyme glaze was a tasty enough dish, but for £17.95 I felt that perhaps the portion size could have been more generous.

Beers on tap were Adnams Southwold and Doom Bar. The solitary cider was Aspall's Suffolk. A tricky one to mark - if you want to treat someone to a nice meal, I'd definitely recommend it, but this is of course a pub review website and it's really not very pubby.
Blackthorn - 14 Nov 2012 08:41
A tasty plate involving a succulent chicken breast on pasta only really confirms the opinion of one of the reviewer's below - this place is more of a restaurant than a pub now. A conservatory area reveals a host of the well heeled denizens of this pretty Bedfordshire town but what was presumably once a fairly traditional interior has been gutted and redesigned by a Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen wannabe. London Pride and Adnams on tap - come here for food though, not to drink.
BoehmBawerk - 29 Jul 2012 20:53
i brought my partner here for her birthday, the staff were great, really friendly, and the food was pretty good. jut the whole evening was over shadowed by the tool of a manager who seemed to spend all of his time intruding on our romantic meal. checking if the food is ok is acceptable, but i dont need to know about all of your golfing stories...
mickeyblueeyes - 13 Jun 2011 14:31
good steak - v expensive. not really a pub
steaklover2010 - 26 Feb 2010 22:15

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