Lying in the picture-perfect, hilltop village of Brill, The Pointer offers a daily changing, field-to-fork menu of classic British dishes made with a creative twist. Using around 70 fresh, organic products grown on their own farm and kitchen gardens located just a mile from Brill, there’s a great emphasis on seasonality. David and Fiona Howden, owners of The Pointer, its farm and the butcher’s shop next door to the pub, are keen supporters of ethical and sustainable farming practices. Their aim in opening the pub has been to celebrate the delivery of ingredients produced on their own land as well as showcasing the wonderful artisan produce available around them.
The Pointer is a free house that serves its own beer, the Pointer Pint, made by the Long Crendon-based XT Brewing Company nearby. Bar manager Christian Zeiss makes his own oak-aged Negroni, which is also available behind the bar along with Christian’s signature cocktails made using home-grown herbs, fruits and flowers.
Guests can also now book into one of four newly opened, luxurious bedrooms, all of which are complete with en-suite facilities and housed in an 18th-century cottage opposite the pub. With such a fantastic offering, it’s no wonder The Pointer was awarded three AA rosettes in 2016 and was also named the Good Pub Guide’s Buckinghamshire Pub of the Year 2016, and County Dining Pub of The Year 2018.