The Bull & Butcher
Turville’s Bull & Butcher is a wonderful Chilterns secret – from its location in the shadow of Cobstone Windmill, which famously featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this pub whips the freshest produce into generous rustic portions, delighting locals and visiting ramblers alike. We crossed the expansive heated garden, and were delighted upon entering the beautiful beamed building. We enjoyed the cosy atmosphere on a chilly evening, and felt immediately welcome.
After sampling Brakspear and Oxford Gold local ales, we opted to whet our appetite with crisp whitebait coupled with spiced aioli, and fresh, gigantic grilled king prawns with garlic sauce. Both were well-presented and delicious. The Bull & Butcher’s stellar reputation stems partly from its all-British pies; the ever-changing, always-delicious vegan options are so popular that ringing ahead is recommended. My dining partner opted for the succulent 6oz burger with gloriously fat homemade chips, whilst I was delighted with my rib-eye steak: tender, cooked perfectly to request and complemented by a chalice of creamy Béarnaise. We were unable to resist something from the delectable desserts menu, and the black cherry cheesecake and vanilla crème brûlée did not disappoint. Warm fires, full plates, big smiles – whether for drinks or dinner, the open-armed staff, charmingly mismatched aesthetic and stunning scenery render The Bull & Butcher a quintessential Chilterns stop.