Quality local food…

The Chiltern Society is passionate about supporting local eateries and food producers. An abundance of high quality pubs, farmers markets, farm shops, breweries and wineries enhance the Chilterns experience for local people and visitors alike.

Given the growing public interest in the quality of our food, we are keen to encourage these pioneers of artisan food and drink.

In 2013 we launched our Food and Drink Award, which has now become a highly anticipated annual event. Over the last few years we have given awards to Chiltern Farm Shops, Tea Shops, Favourite Walkers’ and Cyclists’ Pubs and Artisan Bread Makers. This year we are shedding the spotlight on Craft Beer created by our local microbreweries. For more information about this year’s award, click here.

We want to encourage you to celebrate and enjoy the fantastic range of local food and drink on offer in the Chilterns.

Top Ten

Looking for somewhere to enjoy a nice pub lunch, afternoon tea or locally produced ale?

Why not have a look at our Top Ten listings for our best suggestions of places to eat and drink across the Chilterns…



cupChiltern Society Real Bread Award 2016

Last year’s award focussed on ‘real bread’ producers.

By ‘real bread’ we mean bread that is made using traditional methods, containing no artificial additives.

Our judges tried and tested loaves from all of our contending bakeries, and after careful consideration, we were delighted to announce the results.

Overall Winner

The Rex Bakery
Little Chalfont

South Chilterns Winner


North Chilterns Winner

Jo’s Loaves

nfu-mutualThe Real Bread Award is sponsored by NFU Mutual.

The judging criteria were based on taste, texture, appearance, locally sourced ingredients, customer experience and, of course, the key requirement that the bread was baked without additives and using traditional methods.

Our winners were the bakers achieving the highest scores against these criteria. The judges were highly impressed by the fantastic loaves they tasted and the wonderful range of loaves on offer. Hearty congratulations to our three winners!

Previous winners…


Farm Shop Award

Overall winner:
Seasons, High Wycombe


Tea Shop Award

Overall winner:
House of High Tea, Berkhamsted


Walkers’ & Cyclists’ Pub Award

Overall winner:
The Highwayman Inn, near Checkendon