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The Wavendon Arms, Wavendon - pub details

Previously called: The Leathern Bottel

Address: 2 Newport Road, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 8LJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12881) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Woburn Sands (0.9 miles), Aspley Guise (1.7 miles), Bow Brickhill (2.1 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.5/10 (rated by 11 users)
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user reviews of the Wavendon Arms, Wavendon

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Gastro to the point of being greeted with a stand handing out menus in the entrance way. Posh interior, large posh/formal dining room, bar area with high stools and sofas but at £4.80 a pint, its not aimed at the drinkers.

Doom bar and TT Landlord on. I asked for the Landlord. The waitress said "I'm just a waitress". I asked again and she said "Do you want me to fetch the Landlord".

I resorted to pointing.

£4.80, but of course, you are paying for the service.
Mappiman - 15 Oct 2019 10:19
Good pub, albeit very pricey.
keyser_soze - 13 Aug 2013 00:41
As other reviewers have said, this is now called The Wavendon Arms. Whilst this is no doubt a traditional old village pub, its clearly had a makeover at some point, possibly quite recently, and now has a very contemporary feel to it. Theyve actually done it quite well though, and retained one or two original features. Whether or not its an improvement on what it was like before I couldnt say, but as modern pub interiors go, I thought it was pretty good.

The drinking area is at the front of the pub, and this has dark brown paintwork on the walls which can sometimes make places feel a little gloomy, but that doesnt seem to be the case here. Perhaps the judicious placement of hanging spotlights, or the colourful old artwork on the walls made from old spirits adverts brightened it up. Flooring was a mixture of straw matting, wood strip, and some attractive granite type tiling. The wall behind the bar was made up entirely of small pieces of pale grey slate, as was the front of the bar counter. A couple of illuminated shelves behind the bar highlighted the range of spirits on offer.

A dual aspect fireplace made from some type of natural stone housed a metal rack containing a pile of logs, although I suspect these may have been more decorative than functional. A couple of large baskets housed further piles of logs. Indeed, wood seems to be a central theme here, and there were beams on the ceiling that appeared to made of old driftwood, and well as a sofa made out of something similar. The cushions on here were made from old sacks of coffee beans. Seating in the bar was small tables with soft leather armchairs, and whilst these were comfy for drinking, they were a little low and laid back if you wanted to eat in the bar as opposed to the restaurant.

The restaurant area itself was at the rear of the pub, and this had a similar open, contemporary feel with lampshades apparently fashioned from bits of old twig, and a large wooden free-hanging chimney in the centre. One or two brick pillars remained, although these had been whitewashed. The food menu was extensive and consisted of various sections such as pizzas, fish, leaves (salads), pasta and regular. Prices are difficult to pigeon hole as they varied considerably depending on what you chose, but I supposed averaged somewhere around the 12 - 15 mark, but with some dishes such as the lobster being considerably more at 24.95. That said, my Chorizo and Tiger Prawn Linguine was a decent and very tasty dish, and good value at 8.95 for the smaller portion, even though it could perhaps have done with a little more prawn and chorizo and a little less linguine.

Beers on tap were a little limited with just Doom Bar and Ubu Purity. Ciders were both from Aspalls with their Suffolk and Harrow Sparrow. Staff were pleasant and helpful, although as is often the case in such establishments they spent rather too long making coffee for diners in the restaurant which could lead to some delays at the bar. This is a tricky one to mark I actually quite liked it, it had decent food and the staff were friendly. But its not really that pubby, and beer choice was limited, so it really depends on what youre after.
Blackthorn - 2 Oct 2012 22:29
Nice pub with good decor. Mainly a food orientated pub I think. We ate off the early evening set menu (2 courses for 12.50). Food pretty good but nothing too memorable.

A couple of real ales were on. Nice pub to visit on a sunny day as a lot of outside seating available. Number 3 bus stops outside
rwjc22 - 27 Sep 2011 00:39
The Wavendon Arms... Amazing real cider, great ale, great service, food wonderful ,lovely environment. Can't ask for anything more. Just wonderful
bix2010 - 7 Jul 2010 08:50

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