The garden at Gipsy House, the former home of writer Roald Dahl, where he wrote his famous children's stories, is open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme on a few afternoons (2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.) during the summer.As well as the attractive gardens themselves, you can see the hut where Dahl actually did his writing, and there is a...more
There are lots of public footpaths around for walking in the local countryside. You can buy a detailed footpath map from the Chiltern Society http://www.chilternsociety.org.uk/, or you can download guided walks leaflets from Buckinghamshire County Council website:http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/rights_of_way/recreational_routes/index.stmmore
A steam rally is held in the nearby village of Prestwood on the first weekend in July every year. You can see beautifully preserved historic steam engines (from huge traction engines like the one in the picture to miniature engines with rides for children) and often there is a classic car rally as well. The downside is that in the week or so before...more
Update: November 2012 - Ho Ho has closed.Don't be put off by the not particularly prepossessing exterior - this is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the area. Despite that, it's not hard to get a table. Most of their business seems to be take-aways, despite the spacious seating.The interior decor is typical of a Chinese restaurant in...more
Pot Deli at Great Missenden Station is a simply brilliant idea. It serves take-away portions of freshly-cooked healthy dishes to hungry commuters on their way home. There is usually a choice of about four main course options (casseroles, curries and even stirfries), plus side dishes. It's much more like home cooking than a traditional take-away....more
La Petite Auberge is a small French restaurant (c.30 covers) at the quieter end of Missenden High Street. It doesn't have great views, and the decor is understated. What is does have is classic food, well-cooked. Although it's been there for nearly as long as we have lived in the area (about 20 years) but we only recently visited for the first...more
Cafe Twit is part of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, but also has an entrance from the street, so you can visit it even if you aren't going to the museum.It's pretty much like any other cafe/coffee shop except for the Dahl-themed menu. Snozzcumber sandwiches, anyone?more
How do you hide a trendy wine bar in a traditional village street? You put it in the shell of an old village pub - in this case the White Lion in Great Missenden High Street. The sparkly bar top and coloured lights can come as a bit of a shock when you enter and discover that the inside is a modern wine bar/cocktail bar. It certainly seems popular...more
Chiltern Railways runs a good service (2 trains an hour, more at peak times) between London Marylebone and Aylesbury, stopping at Great Missenden.
Sometimes maintenance work is carried out at weekends though, and trains are replaced by buses for part of the route. Check before travelling.