The Apple Tree
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The restaurant offers a wide range of pasta, fish and meat, together with a good value wine list. Firstly, general manager Simon Stonehouse offered us a 2002 Chassagne - Montrachet, 1er Cru, Marie Louise Parisot, which was quite simply superb; served perfectly chilled and kept in an ice bucket at our table. A starter of griddled scallops with balsamic vinegar, followed by poached organic salmon served with pin noodles floating in a lemongrass broth left me little room for dessert. Nevertheless I managed a colourful raspberry tiramisu, while my guest delighted in an upside-down ginger sponge, which was the perfect conclusion to his meal of onion tart followed by sea bass served on mixed green leaves.
The pub is warm and modern with clean lines and glass, which, combined with the oak frame, gives a feeling of spaciousness while maintaining a cosy feel in the bar and the comfortable chill-out area, where you can enjoy a drink sinking into the soft leather chairs. Enthusiastic and contented conversation buzzes, but does not intrude, as the tables are large and leave plenty of space between neighbours. Service is efficient and friendly; on arrival I was immediately approached and asked if I required anything.
Located between Junction 2 of the M40 and Junction 16 of the M25, The Apple Tree is worth travelling to Gerrards Cross for. Here they achieve a seemingly impossible task - they make operating a restaurant look easy.