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 garden, and were delighted upon entering the beautiful beamed building. We enjoyed the cosy atmosphere on a chilly evening, and felt immediately welcome.
We opted to whet our appetite with crisp whitebait with spiced aioli, and a mezze board complete with homemade tzatziki, hummus and Continental meats. The Bull & Butcher’s stellar reputation stems partly from its all-British pies. In fact, the venison and bacon pie, and lamb and mint pie won gold and silver at the British Pie Championships in 2019. The ever-changing, vegan pies are so popular that ringing ahead is always recommended. My dining partner opted for the succulent 6oz burger with gloriously fat triple-cooked chips, whilst I was delighted with my sirloin steak: cooked perfectly to request and complemented by a chalice of creamy Béarnaise. On offer were also a number of exciting chef specials including ribs with monkey gland sauce, and halibut, king prawns and green-lipped mussels cooked and served in a pan, finished with garlic cream sauce. For dessert the delectable 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 stop.