SquareMeal Review of
The Beehive White Waltham
Famous as the chef who put the The Royal Oak, Paley Street on the Michelin-starred map, Dominic Chapman is now doing his thing at The Beehive – a solid-looking, redbrick village pub on the other side of the M4 corridor. All the familiar Chapman trademarks are here (careful sourcing, seasonal ingredients, bold flavours) and fish gets a big push on the menu – witness specials such as spaghetti with surf clams, chorizo and wild garlic. Otherwise, the daily line-up might run from a lasagne of wild rabbit with wood blewits and chervil to strawberry and elderflower Eton mess, via haddock and chips, peppered venison with sauce poivrade or chicken, ham and leek pie. The food is generally “well executed”, although reports suggest that standards can dip when Chapman isn’t at the stoves. This is still a genuine local boozer, so also expect draught beers, quiz nights and bar snacks, not to mention views of the village cricket pitch over the road.