A night and day in Old Amersham
Discover idyllic countryside and organic food, in this historical market town in Buckinghamshire
Stay at The Crown, a beautiful, 16th-century coaching inn, in the heart of the historic part of this Buckinghamshire market town. Warm, welcoming and comfortable, the hotel’s contemporary country-chic style blends original crooked floors, leaded windows, open fires and locally designed Ercol furniture. For breakfast, enjoy homemade rye bread and marmalade, and granola. Double B&B from £95.
Sample British classics such as beef brisket and cottage pie next to an inglenook fire in The Chop House restaurant at The Crown. Along the high street, the award-winning Artichoke prides itself on fine food made with organic, free-range and foraged ingredients. Gilbey’s Restaurant offers quality fare and afternoon tea, while Seasons Café Deli is known for its excellent coffee and service.
Old Amersham high street for independent shops: WhippetGrey has a stylishly eclectic and original choice of home accessories and gifts; The Grocer at 91 (07884 475267) is a new Italian-style deli; for bags and belts, head to Amici (01494 726060); and Pentangle Studio (01494 432539) is crammed with children’s toys. If vintage is your passion, check out the range of painted French furniture at All About Eve. Learn about the history of the area at the Amersham Museum, located in a Tudor hall house with a herb garden.
Walk the circular Chiltern Way and discover this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Children will love getting close to animals at Odds Farm, while the fascinating Chiltern Open Air Museum, with its historic buildings, brings the past to life. Visit Chenies Manor for its award-winning gardens.
A selection of classical concerts at different venues in April at Amersham Festival of Music.