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Walnut Tree, Bourne End

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New owners in November 2013, with a talented chef! We enjoyed the tasty dishes of wholesome soups, pates and mussels to start. The main dishes (curry, beef salad, nachos and seabass) were equally well flavoured, fresh and tasted homemade! Friendly staff, clean facilities and a hearty welcome. Great for groups and quiet couples alike in the restaurant; in the bar area young families needing high chairs and even muddy dogs are welcome! Definitely worth a try, their chips are superb btw!!! We look forward to returning.
bathtime - 2 Feb 2014 23:19
I have been recommending the Walnut Tree to my partner after a couple of lunches there with work colleagues. We decided to stop by for lunch today and I was so disappointed. The children's chicken strips were so dry and tough you could hardly cut them and the chips were the greasiest I have ever had. It was very embarrassing that I have been raving about the place and then the food was so bad.
beth3210 - 30 Nov 2013 21:22
The Walnut Tree was taken over by new owners in November 2011 who shut the place down whilst it underwent a major redecoration.
This basically consisted of smartening the place up and aiming more at the gastro pub market. The old carpet has gone in place of a shiny new wooden floor. The interior is now a lot brighter with everything painted light grey including all the old period beams . The fireplaces remain, but the real fires have gone in place of a small fish tank in one and a big glowing orange vase in the other .
People who Dulux over 200 year old plus beams and replace real fires with vases should be shot in my opinion. But if that what it takes to keep this place going , then so be it.
The dining room section has also been improved and moved upmarket. You can tell this because they have decorated it with twigs, ( why interior decorators think we will be attracted to places because they decorate them with vases full of bits of old dead tree continues to be a mystery to me), and the menu has moved suitably upmarket and more expensive. Fortunately for us working locally they still have a reasonable lunchtime sandwich menu.
Unfortunately though the guest ale policy has disappeared and GK, IPA, Abbott and OSH are now the constant choices although they seem to be well kept and the quality remains high.

Gann - 23 Jul 2012 17:00
I love this pub. I have been drinking there for 15 years. The locals are all good people who are always up for giggle. The pub attracts drinkers of all ages and everyone gets on well and enjoys a drink. The pub is kid friendly, making a great place for a family Sunday lunch. The new menu is a winner and well worth checking out. I cannot praise the place enough and suggest anyone who has not been before pop's in to see what they think, after all that's the only way to have your own opinion. I'm sure anyone visiting will be greated with a smile and will have a great time.....Saturday nights are the best for a 'big' night out.
bertrum - 15 Oct 2010 18:50
Fireflly - 11 Oct 2010 20:04
Thank the Fly for pulling down your ratings, they are being investigated
bigcon - 11 Oct 2010 19:54
Luv this pub
Roosell - 9 Oct 2010 14:15
Excellent pub
nuiffsaid - 9 Oct 2010 13:53
Ok pub, but could be so much better, lacks the charm that it could so easily have. Beers usually ok, with guests from the GK list.
tpfirt - 9 Mar 2010 16:19
Small update to my previous posting. The food menu is now back on for Monday to Friday evenings and the seasonal Ale from GK has change to Hare Raiser, which is a decent pint and better than the IPA in my humble opinion.
Gann - 30 Apr 2009 14:46
The Walnut Tree is a traditional wooden beamed pub with character sitting on the Hedsor road half way between Cookham Bridge and Bourne End. It is a one bar pub which still keeps all the original beams from when it was presumably a multi room cottage and the beam just before the bar means anyone over 5ft 8 has to duck to reach the bar area. The pub has a couple of bay window seating areas and seats in front of the two original fire places on either side of the bar area. It has the benefit of a decent garden area out the back which is ideal for summer and a few years ago they added a wooden clad dining room onto the side and extended the kitchen. The food menu is extensive with a wide choice of baguettes and sandwiches and several main meals displayed on the chalk board. They used to do food at lunch time and in the evenings, but they now seem to have stopped the evening service.
It is a great place for a relaxing pint and a sandwich at lunchtime and the only slight negative is that the beer choice is not very inspiring being the usual GK IPA and Abbott fair. But the quality and service is always good and they did have Flankers Tackle on from the GK stable today, which provided a bit of variety.

Gann - 31 Mar 2009 15:44

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