Hartwell House
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Extended & adapted since the 17th century, the splendour of this substantial house is matched by its extravagant landscaped grounds. Hartwell may exude a certain formal charm, but the sunny dining room is less daunting than many country-house piles & the food shows a light, cosmopolitan touch. Confit of gently smoked Loch Duart salmon is imbued with flavours of beetroot, while smoked chicken cannelloni is paired with artichoke purée, kale & forest mushrooms. Mains also reveal first class-sourcing – perhaps loin of fallow deer with caramelised chicory, sprouting broccoli & rich red wine jus or fillet of brill with crushed Whitchurch potatoes, sauté leeks & Granny Smith apple cream. Well-spaced tables, attentive staff & a wide-ranging wine list add up to a tempting offer just 40 miles from London – it’s perfect for lunch, & impressive public rooms also beckon for classic afternoon tea (£19).

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European
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Special offers from Hartwell House


From: 8 May, 2017
To: 31 May, 2025
Luncheon at Hartwell House doesn’t require a special occasion. Enjoy Wednesday to Sunday throughout the seasons.


From: 8 May, 2017
To: 31 May, 2025
A beautiful setting for dinner striking the perfect balance of ambience, service and delicious food, to give you the ultimate dining experience.

Afternoon Tea

From: 8 May, 2017
To: 31 May, 2025
Wednesday to Sunday from 3:30pm/ Full Afternoon Tea includes a selection of sandwiches, homemade scones and pastries and complimentary tea or coffee. £33.00 per person
Availability: ,,


From: 8 May, 2017
To: 31 May, 2025
Celebrate 2020 with a two-course lunch for £22 when choosing from the seasonal Bill of Fare menu until 29th February Wednesday to Saturday.

Location for Hartwell House

Oxford Road, Near Aylesbury, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR

01296 747444


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-1.45pm 3-5pm 7.30-9.45pm

Reviews of Hartwell House

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Wendy M

02 December 2009  
An under-stated exterior only hinted at the rich history of a building with a grander interior. Interesting architectural features, period furniture and artworks of grand tours gave the house bags of atmosphere aided by a large dining party enjoying mid-week lunch in an adjacent room from where comforting chatter drifted through into the main dining area. This together with a brigade of young and charming staff helped dissipate the slightly stiff ambience. Canape and satisfying warm breads made a promising start to a meal which then swayed above and below mediocrity. Kitchen endeavours were quite ambitious and did result in a few pleasures like deep rich flavours of a duck main course with some rather reasonable accompaniments. (I feel a bit mean scoring 6 for food, so in reality I'd give 6.5.) A memorable country house where I can imagine afternoon teas being quite a hit with some.
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