SquareMeal Review of
The Beehive White Waltham
“How reassuring to find a restaurant that takes pleasure in making its customers feel welcome”, notes a visitor to The Beehive – a solid-looking redbrick village pub on the other side of the M4 corridor. Chef Dominic Chapman made his name at The Royal Oak, Paley Street, and all his familiar trademarks are here: “peerlessly professional” cooking based on top-class ingredients plus a daily-line-up of “expertly balanced” dishes bursting with bold flavours. Top picks from our recent visits have included a “properly crispy” tart of beetroot and punchy goats’ cheese, and a winning plate of Cornish cod with intense red wine jus, wild mushrooms and gnocchi, although the chef’s signature wild rabbit lasagne with wood blewits and chervil continues to vie for top spot. The level of enjoyment is maintained by first-rate desserts including a “brilliantly conceived” modern take on a toasty baked Alaska. The Beehive 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. “I’ve never had a bad meal here”, affirms one regular.
UK Top 100 Restaurants
SquareMeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK 2018 is compiled using votes from our annual survey, last conducted in spring 2018. Thousands of readers took part and the results were moderated by SquareMeal’s editor and his nationwide team of professional reviewers. The UK survey does not include any restaurants in London. Click here for the full list of SquareMeal’s Best Restaurants in the UK.