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Merlins Cave, Chalfont St Giles - pub details

Merlins Cave
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Address: The Village Green, High Street, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4QF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 38246) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Seer Green (2.4 miles), Chalfont & Latimer (2.7 miles), Chorleywood (2.9 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.6/10 (rated by 9 users)
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The Merlin’s Cave is situated in the centre of the attractive old village of Chalfont St Giles, and being adjacent to the lovely valley along which the Misbourne runs, is in an ideal location. The pub also has a good beer garden and children’s play area.

Lunch here, however, was a mixed experience. On the positive side the food was good, and my pint of Bombardier went down very well; indeed, I was tempted to have the second pint that appeared which I hadn’t ordered! The young staff were extremely busy, mainly with many young mothers with their children presumably off school for the day because of the snow, but coped well, and were courteous and friendly throughout.

My reservations: the area where we sat was dreadfully cold- I wore my winter coat throughout, and the radiator by me wasn’t on despite the snow outside. The tiny heater in its stead was of slight benefit only. The chair on which I sat was tatty as were several others around me, and my companion noticed that some in the eclectic mix of them must have originated from a church, given they had hymn book holders on their backs. Indeed an odd selection.

I thought the food expensive for the quantity provided, and the service of the dessert was very slow. This was not helped by the fact that what I sought from the menu I was told only some time later wasn’t available. When I went to pay there was an item on it I hadn’t ordered (two glasses of wine), although that was corrected immediately I queried it- this was human error, nothing more.

OK for young families, but I would not rush back.

pubsampler - 1 Feb 2019 21:30
Completely changed inside, gone is the old dingy feeling, instead you get a large restaurant with a small bar area. Beers were O.K., garden is great, got mixed feelings about it.
Randyray - 25 Aug 2016 21:15
I visited Merlins Cave during the Jubilee weekend and what a great suprise. The place was packed with people and there was a great Hog Roast and BBQ out the back in their wonderful patio area. There was also a Dixie Jazz band playing too. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time. The staff were really friendly and very attentive even though they were rushed off their feet. 5 Stars. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.
robertshaw - 8 Jun 2012 11:21
I stopped by this pub with some work colleagues the other day for lunch and I was very pleasantly suprised. They gave us a very warm welcome and the food was great. Concise menu with specials and home made pies as well as salads and snacks too.

Great garden out the back with a lovely decked area. I see they hold hold regular events here. Barbeques every weekend and live music too. I will definitely come back here again. What a great place. Give it a try!
th36ty - 19 May 2012 12:56
Why is this pub not better, it is the definitive pub of the village in the prime position but when you go in it is dull drab and boring. 3 real ales, Courage best, Youngs and Bombardier, 3 beers you can get anywhere, all o.k. but not excellent, no guest ale, there is nothing to make me want to go back. What a disappointment.
Randyray - 7 Feb 2012 18:19

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