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The Pointer, Brill, Buckinghamshire
This attractive 18th-century red-brick building in the heart of the beautiful village of Brill makes a great base for those wanting a rural weekend escape. JRR Tolkien based the village of Bree on Brill, which has an attractive old church and is pleasant to stroll through. With lovely walks on the doorstep, a bar area that is full of character, outstanding restaurant food and very pleasant guest rooms indeed, you are likely to want to return to this idyll that is comfortably close to both London and Oxford. Local, seasonal produce is prioritised, and indeed the gifted chef uses a host of ingredients from the Pointer's own farm and kitchen garden, as well as those provided by other local producers and game estates, as well as fish from Brixham.
We enjoyed strolling around Brill - an attractive village with an old church and mainly Victorian, period buildings.
It's a 20-minute drive to Waddeson Manor, or you can reach Oxford in 40 minutes. Explore the city sights, as well as the Castle and Botanical Gardens.
By car: under 2 hours from London, Bristol and Birmingham. Free parking available.
By train: London Marylebone to Aylesbury takes under an hour. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel is especially popular with Londoners looking for a rural idyll for the weekend. A lovely, cosy old pub atmosphere is created in the bar by the décor.
Service & Facilities
The facilities are essentially the bar and restaurant, which are both delightful.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Pets are welcome, and a bowl, bed and treats are provided - as well as special dog ice cream.
Our Executive room had character and charm - an entrance hallway with room for luggage, a bedroom area with a big comfortable double bed, three easy chairs and a Nespresso machine. The semi-wood panelled bathroom had a freestanding bath and a small walk-in shower with a big rainforest shower head. The neutral décor creates a warm, welcoming feel.
Standard, Superior, Executive, Family
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, Nespresso machine and kettle, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Every course was fab, from the starters such as Gochujang pork belly with sesame, spring onion and soy sauce, to the desserts, such as the sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream, which had an incredibly tasty sauce to die for. The coq au vin, with white wine, bacon, mushroom, carrots and mash was a tasty, hearty meal.
The Pointer: classic pub favourites, locally sourced produce. All-day dining, open daily. Mains from £14.50.