Nags Head in Great Missenden

4.4
994 Reviews
£26 to £40
English
The Nags Head in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire is an AA 4 Star graded traditional 15th century country inn and restaurant situated along the valley of the River Misbourne in the glorious Chiltern Hills.

Brought to you by the Michaels family, owners of the award-winning Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden, Hertfordshire, the newly refurbished Nags Head serves an “Anglo - French” fusion menu. The Nags Head has been awarded an AA Rosette for it’s culinary excellence and accredited in several guides including a Hardens Guide “Commenendation Award”, chosen as “AA Pick of the Pubs” in the AA Pub Guide and a recommendation in the much coveted Michelin guide and featured on the front cover of Michelin’s “eating out in pubs” guide 2010. It was also named in BBC Countryfile’s cosiest pubs.

The kitchen is run under the auspices of head chef, Tomas Topolar.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 994 people are saying
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SarahM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely visit to Nags Head. Great food, friendly service and reasonable prices.

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AndyR
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Great food & service.

When booking confirmed I was told it would be warm. My mother (85) and all of us were cold. Big let down as it’s my Mum’s favourite pub.

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finefoodlyn
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A lovely place to go for an enjoyable lunch with a friend

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PhillyC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food
Great service
Will definitely be going back

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JulieZ
Bath
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always very good quality food at the nags head and that was the same on Sunday. We were in the Tipi which was good fun (although cold until it warmed up) but good for taking the kids because it felt less formal than the restaurant. Also great that they do kids meals (half roasts) for half price. My kids eat a lot but this was plenty for them. I’ll definitely be going back.

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Foodieff22
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The Nags head is trying too hard. The chef is poor. I will not be going again.

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DianeR
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Lovely evening with warm friendly staff. Very limited options for vegetarians.

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NickN
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A lovely setting, broad menu and excellent food and wine.

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Fitz
London
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday roast we’ve ever had at a pub. Exceptionally good food

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SophyT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Pub, people and food - cant fault the place and the Tipi with lights an a open fire place is just the cherry on top! I took my mum for a birthday surpise meal and she loved it - thank you Nags Head for still being here post Covid and I hope onwards and upwards for us all!

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LindseyB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a return visit and did not dissapoint. Sunday lunch was lovely as were the staff.

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Homer
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Drinks order was wrong but easily and politely resolved. Pork belly disappointing as crackling was chewy and meat a bit tough but very flavoursome Has been excellent before.

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veronicat
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For a mid-day get together with pals, this was the perfect venue - relaxed, very friendly service, super food and cosy, traditional ambiance. Thoroughly recommended!

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Sheila
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting dishes with unusual ingredients which actually work!!

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LukeW
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent friendly service from all of the staff we met. We felt really welcome and valued customers. The tepee tent was a lovely cosy place to eat, especially on an autumn night. The food was very good with a well thought out menu. Presentation was good and everything tasted fresh, flavourful and well seasoned. I was a little disappointed with the Scallop started which although tasty, could have benefitted from being presented on a plate as they were lost in a bowl with too much going on. Apart from that small thing a fantastic meal in a lovely place with great attentive staff. We will be back.

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debbiet
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Had to ask for someone to take our order. Food came out, had to send one back as it was cold & when they bought it back out it was still not really hot. Nobody asked if we need anymore drinks. Overall experience was not good. I visited last year and it was a lot better then. For the prices they charge you expect hot food & a better service.

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CaroB
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent - friendly and informative. My only reservation was that, on a Sunday lunchtime, where families with children were dining, there was no children's menu though I appreciate that they could eat an adult menu at reduced price. Something along the lines of pasta or sausages would help. Also possibly more information on Vegan options though the waiter did give as much information as he could.
I have dined several times at the Nag's Head and really enjoyed it. This was the first time with children.
The Tipi seems a wonderful addition (though we did not dine there).
Thank you to the staff for their excellent service to us.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely nights stay at the nags head. Our room was very comfortable & clean & looked newly refurbished. The food was so good & really delicious. Couldn’t fault the service. A warm and friendly atmosphere. We had drinks in the teepee after, which was also really lovely.

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MarieS
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Tipi and our waitress was amazing 😘

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We also stayed for two nights. The evening menu had a good selection and was superb. An extensive wine list too.

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Fionn
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening with fabulous food and wine and friendly service. Booked a table to take my parents when they visit at the end of the month and another table for Christmas week with our adult children in the Tent which looks as lovely now as it did in the summer. Thank you!

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FredC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner, excellent service and high quality traditional menu.

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Crumble
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there early before there were too many people. Were extremely well looked after and the food was excellent. Prices have gone u a bit which is not surprising. Service excellent and friendly

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SallyG
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. The tipi is very cosy and a very pleasant place to have lunch.

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HanC
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress and waiter was lovely and happy to have conversations. The food was delicious. Very lovely evening with my friend

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Rosemary
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal at the Nags Head. We would appreciate a couple of vegan options.
Well done for the spacing of the table which made us feel Covid safe. Masks on staff would be even better.

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IanH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here. Nice ambience. Very good food. Friendly, helpful service. Quite expensive but worth it for a treat out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal in the yurt. Food, service, ambience perfect. Wouldn’t change anything and can’t wait to go back.

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Nonickname
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I do not wish to write a review and do not understand why feedback already offered is not sufficient

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Bazzah
Buckinghamshire
31 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding , friendly and effective service and dellicious and creative food. Ambience excellent in their outdoor "Tipi" and anti-covid precautions seemed sound. Loved it, and we'll be back.

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Patricia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST roast in Bucks! We are never disappointed and already excited for our next visit.

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Pub is lovely, and the servers could not have been nicer. However, the food was truly awful.

The dinner menu is very limited (choice of 6 mains, of which only 1 is fish and only 1 vegetarian, because apparently the ‘chef is all about meat’. Great that the chef gets to cook what he or she likes, but how about what the customers might like?)

I had the ribeye steak, and my mother had the stone bass. The crushed new potatoes and chicory were very nice, but it was, without doubt, the worst steak I have ever had. I asked for it to be cooked medium; what arrived was so rare that a good vet could have brought it back to life. And it tasted incredibly burnt and bitter, because clearly it had been flashed on far too hot a grill. My mother’s fish was alright, but it came only with ‘grains’, which mixed with the sauce to become a stodgy and rather tasteless slurry at the bottom of the plate. There were no vegetables at all with the fish, so the dish was rather beige and bland, overall.

We told the manager halfway through that we weren’t especially happy with the meal. He offered to take my steak back to be further cooked (no thanks, not when it’s already been sliced), and other than that his only response was ‘ok, well… er, enjoy it ladies!’ And when we told the waitress again at the end of the meal that we weren’t happy, she went to speak to the manager and returned to say he was ‘busy with other guests.’ Ok then…

For the high cost of the meal, it was a massive disappointment. We won’t be eating there again.

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maggieb
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Everything was delicious and faultless. Highly recommend.

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Alan
London
43 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, imaginative presentation, excellent service.

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Debra
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and food and wine - perfect hospitality

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JonB
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is food of exceptional quality. The lamb main was a rhapsody of flavours. Delicious tender meat, beautifully cooked. The salted caramel tart literally melted in the mouth. Food to be savoured.

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Sunday lunch in the teepee! Lovely family atmosphere. Attentive but not overbearing staff. Most importantly, the food, particularly the roast beef, was superb.

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MichelleG
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nice mussels starter but roast was very poor - had sirloin of beef - very sinewy and tough despite being served medium rare. Relatively small portions of veg. All four of us had the roast beef and all experiences the same. Considering it’s £22.95 for the roast beef I would say it was very poor value. Won’t be returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review