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Merlins Cave, Chalfont St. Giles

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High Street
Chalfont St. Giles
HP8 4QF
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Ian Mapp left this review about Merlins Cave

Good Beer Guide 2020 Tick.

Perfectly located on the village green in this pretty little town.

Although a smart gastropub, with excellent service - as a pub/drinking place - its instantly forgettable. I think you would have a very good idea of what to expect.

Three beers on - a Charles Wells own Pale Ale and my chosen, playing it safe St Austell Tribute.

Nothing wrong with the place and apart from having a unique hold on the village by virtue of being the only pub, nothing to make it a destination place to visit.

On 30th August 2020 - rating: 6
[User has posted 669 recommendations about 663 pubs]


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Steve Broadhurst left this review about Merlins Cave

I went along with friends last Friday night and what a great night we had. We had some lovely food and excellent beers followed by a live band. The pub has been recently decorated and looks really nice and the outdoor area is just wonderful. I would reccommend this pub to anyone and strongly advise you give it a try. 5 STARS !!!

On 11th July 2012 - rating: 10
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Steve of N21 left this review about Merlins Cave

The Merlin's Cave benefits from a superb location overlooking the Green at Chalfont St Giles. The Mock Tudor exterior is welcoming but unfortunately the inside does not live up to the welcome. It is a fairly bland small, two bar pub internally. The saloon bar into which you enter is comfortable enough albeit with two large plasma screens which gives it a bit of a public bar feel, but then the public bar behind is no more than a room for a Pool table. But what saves this pub is what then lies behind this.
Step outside and you step onto a large decking area covered by two enormous gazebo type umbrellas, and equipped with a purpose build large BBQ cooking area. And then beyond this is a large garden area stretching down to the River Misbourne. The sun was out during our visit in early May and it was very pleasant to sit outside. And I imagine in high summer this is a fantastic spot for an outside pint. The beers at the time of my visit were GK IPA, Fullers London Pride and Guest Ale, which was unfortunately off. Not the best pint of pride I've ever had but passable all the same.
They do advertise it as having a riverside location, but don't get too excited by this as The River Misbourne is at best a small stream at this point and well hidden from view.
One tip is that there is an associated Barn the other side of the car park which houses Sunday LunchTime Jazz sessions featuring local Jazz artists. It will cost £5.00 to get in, but if you sit in the pub garden with a pint you can hear it perfectly well. So bit of a Brucey Bonus to go along with the beer.

On 10th June 2009 - rating: 5
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Seer Green, 2.55 miles, 49 min walk (show)
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30th Aug 2020, 09:43
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30th Aug 2020, 09:40
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  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 10 June 2009 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 June 2009 by Quinno _
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