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HAVING reported on many pubs closing down across South Bucks, it was refreshing to see The Boot and Slipper bustling with activity at lunchtime.

The Boot and Slipper - not just pulling in the pints

HANNAH WILLIAMS eats at The Boot and Slipper, Rickmansworth Road, Amersham HP6 5JN. Call 01494 727 082

HAVING reported on many pubs closing down across South Bucks, it was refreshing to see The Boot and Slipper bustling with activity at lunchtime. The weather was pleasant and many people were enjoying food and drinks outside. I joined a group of colleagues at a seat inside, where we enjoyed a working lunch.

Browsing through the pub's new menu, which is changed throughout the year to accommodate seasonal produce, I found it features an extensive variety of dishes perfect for even the fussiest of taste buds.

I have no such problem, so spent a while poring over it trying to choose from the many tempting descriptions. For evening diners I noticed the pub does themed nights, including vegetarian (Wednesday), curry (Thursday) and fish (Friday).

Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross reporter Jack opted for the whitebait (£4.95) to start, followed by a sirloin steak (£10.69). He said he really enjoyed the steak; it was cooked rare to his liking, was not gristly and was accompanied with a pepper and Stilton sauce and some chunky chips. While he enjoyed the whitebait too, he said the large portion was quite filling.

Chesham reporter Greg went for aromatic chicken (£5.29) to start, which looked exceedingly good, and he described it as 'succulent'. He continued with the poultry theme and had a huge chicken piri piri (£8.29) for his main course. He soon polished it off, pronouncing it tasty though he could have handled more hot spices.

I had the sweet chilli prawns (£4.75) to begin, some of which were deep fried and others in breadcrumbs.

They tasted very fresh and were accompanied with a tasty dip and rocket.

For a main course I had the chorizo chicken (£8.95), which was a delicately cooked, moist chicken breast on a bed of creamy sweet potato mash, accompanied by green beans and the spicy Spanish sausage.

It was so well presented, with a chilli jam and sour cream balanced on top, it looked too good to eat. But hunger overtook me and, when I did taste it, the balance of flavours worked well together.

The chilli gave a kick to the chicken and this was offset by the sour cream and sweet potato mash. I couldn't resist eating it all, leaving no room for desserts but, looking at the menu, it would have taken me a long time to decide from the options.

Traditional Bramley apple pie (£3.59) sits alongside less traditional choices, such as chocolate cookie cheesecake (£4.55).

 
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