Everyone loves a quick escape from London, and the Mash Inn could not be a more perfect get away. A 20 minute train journey from Marylebone station takes you to High Wycombe, and then it’s a 19 minute taxi drive to the tiny hamlet of Bennett End, where you’ll find the Mash Inn.
The Mash Inn is an 18th century inn (formerly known as the Three Horseshoes), which Nick Mash bought and fully renovated (hence the name). The result is that the inn retains its cosy, simple and traditional feel, but with a fresh look and a stunning, Scandi-esque dining room overlooking the Chiltern Hills.
It is a restaurant with rooms (and the restaurant/kitchen is the pièce de la résistance here), but the rooms (5 in total) are very comfortable too. We managed to get the last available room (with shower, sadly no bath) but at £100 a night it’s a bargain. The rooms are small, but have everything you need. Beds so comfortable that an afternoon nap is highly encouraged, a power shower with lovely bath products, a Robertson radio playing classical music as we walked in. The view from our little window at sunset was rather beautiful too.
We were unlucky with the weather, but still went for a short walk in the area and visited the village church (which is charming). The Chiltern Hills are beautiful and the walks here are excellent, which gives me another reason to come back. Apart from walking, eating, drinking and sleeping, there isn’t much else to do here – but that was perfect for us.
The undeniable highlight here though is the food. The restaurant leads to an open kitchen, where you meet the friendly and upbeat chef Jon. All food is cooked on an open wood fire and means that the Mash Inn always has this wonderful smell of burning wood.
We opted for their 9 course tasting menu (£55 per person), which was one plate after the other of deliciousness. Jon often serves the food himself and gives a little story around it, like the relatively simple but pretty looking salad he put in front of us, which he had foraged while out for a walk. It was incredible! There is a decent wine list with red starting at a very reasonable £21 a bottle (Sicilian Nero D’Avola).
We then crawled into bed, until we were awoken by the next meal: breakfast in bed. Porridge, turmeric & ginger juice, freshly made croissants the size of my head, coffee. Such a treat.
If you’re looking for a relaxing, peaceful weekend away from London with very good food, then I would highly recommend the Mash Inn. I shall definitely be returning.
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