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Merlin's Cave

The Village Green, High St, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4QF

((()* British
Main course: £15
Food spend: £30
Opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 11:00 - 21:30
Friday & Saturday: 13:00 - 21:30
Sunday: 13:00 - 21:00.

Relaxing atmosphere, God service and food, with reasonable selection of wines.

Jack 11 February 2017
from Amersham

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Sitting behind the village green and next to the village pond, Merlin’s Cave Chalfont St Giles is a 17th-century pub serving classic dishes with modern twists. The venue boasts a scenic garden for warmer weather, whilst inside, the restaurant sits behind the traditional and cosy bar area.

The Merlin’s Cave menu blends British pub favourites with Mediterranean flavours. Discover the chef’s own duck dumplings and salmon and dill fish cakes, or from the grill, try the indulgent burger stack, or a fillet steak with hand-cut chips. Flavour-rich vegetarian options include grilled aubergine with ratatouille and goats’ cheese, and stuffed courgettes with spinach, pine nuts, creamed leeks and a roasted red pepper sauce.

The Merlin’s Cave bar offers a range of real ales, lagers and bottled beers as well as an impressive selection of world wines. Mixing rustic furniture with modern industrial décor, the restaurant adds a contemporary feel to the building’s rustic charm.

A charming country pub, Merlin’s Cave in Buckinghamshire is a short stroll from the historic cottage and museum of author John Milton. The market town of Amersham and its tube station are a 5-minute drive away.

Merlin's Cave

The Village Green, High St, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4QF

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Customer reviews for Merlin's Cave

3.7 ((()* (based on 101 reviews)
80% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (65)
  • lunch (54)
  • trendy (28)
  • large parties (26)
  • views (24)
  • al fresco (22)
  • child friendly (20)
  • romantic (14)
  • private dining (13)
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  • luxury (12)
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  • afternoon tea (4)
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  • breakfast (1)
  • ((((* 11 February 2017 by Jack from Amersham

    Relaxing atmosphere, God service and food, with reasonable selection of wines.

  • ((((( 10 February 2017 by Catherine Ames from London

    Food was amazing and service was impeccable. One of my friends had an emergency and needed to get back to London fast. They helped us so well, get a taxi and a fast train back. Thank you so much!

  • ((*** 6 February 2017 by Debra Villiers from Chalfont Saint Giles

    I enjoyed the ambience, but my two friends were cold all night. They enjoyed their steaks, but I sent my monkfish tails back as overcooked & overall flavour was extremely fishy and unpleasant. I waited a long time for my steak replacement. The waitress was very vacant and we didn't like her, she didn't engage with us and we thought her command of English poor. I do hate being negative as I really hope the pub does well and thrive. It needs to be warmer, staff need to be friendlier and it's time the menu was refreshed. I'd go back if these were addressed.

  • ((((* 30 January 2017 by Bellamy Roth from Chesham

    good restaurant, impressive since the refurb. Very nice food but service was a bit slow considering we were the only people in the restaurant when we sat down

  • (((** 29 January 2017 by Elaine Watts from Chalfont Saint Giles

    Friendly staff but not very organised. Possibly lack of training. Greeting on arrival a bit lacking in efficiency. Food ok but not always as described on the menu and service slow.

  • ((((* 21 January 2017 by Marize Fourie from Greater London

    Very busy bar area, but restaurant area at the back is lovely since the renovation. Enjoyed the food.

  • ((((* 12 January 2017 by Angela Avlianos from Chalfont Saint Peter

    Lovely pub, really love the decor and ambiance. Menu was good although as someone on a diet there really wasn't very much on there that was diet friendly. I had the vegetarian sharing platter which was delicious but probably waaaay over my calories for the day! Could you put a nice gourmet salad on the menu? Waitress was friendly and efficient. My colleague asked if the bread on her fish finger sandwich could be cut more thinly and less of a doorstep, however a massive doorstep arrived - it was a lot of bread! We will definitely come back again....especially if you start doing diet friendly food! Maybe cut the bread a bit thinner!

  • ((((* 8 January 2017 by Lisa Tolmie from Amersham

    nice atmosphere, nice décor, service was good, food was good, a pleasant evening

  • ((((* 3 January 2017 by Bill from Chalfont Saint Giles

    We have had mixed experiences at Merlins, but last night the service and food were pretty good. Not vast portions but the fish and chips were very good. Not cheap

  • ((((* 30 December 2016 by Linda from Chalfont Saint Giles

    Good menu, good quality food, we loved the sharing platters for starter - pulled pork nachos particularly! All dishes good!

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