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Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant

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The Village Green | High Street, Chalfont St. Giles HP8 4QF, England
+44 1494 871072
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11:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Auckland, New Zealand
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Service incredibly slow for a very quiet Monday evening. Had to call to get wait staffs attention, when drinks delivered dirty glasses not removed from table. No attention paid by any staff. Food very average I think I make a better chilli myself! I've been several times now and it's always the same I wouldn't bother if I didn't live... More 

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Thank discerningone1
Jamie P, General Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi discerningone1, I am sorry to hear that your recent visit was not at all up to standard. We aim to look after our locals especially as we are trying to be a great village pub. Your concerns have been taken on board and hopefully we we see you again for a much better experience. All the best Jamie More 

London, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there with some friends for dinner. The place has been refurbished and relaunched. It used to be a horrid place. No more! It is nicely decorated and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The range of beers and gins is excellent. The menu and food choice is very pleasing. The food and service was definitely above average. Worth a... More 

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Thank Knowledge_is_Bliss
Jamie P, Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Knowledge_is_Bliss, I'm happy to hear you like the changes we have made. We are a family run brewery owned pub and are really proud of the beers we have on offer and source some really good wines and spirits to go alongside. The warm atmosphere is something that I believe is paramount to a good visit and sounds like... More 

Bath, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten in here many times over the last year and had a great experience every time; whether it is a meal for a special occasion, a lazy lunch, or a beer and a snack after a dog walk out in the garden. The staff are generally youthful, keen and friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the zoning means that... More 

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Thank Ian A
Jamie P, Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Ian, Great news that you enjoy your visits with us. The main ingredient in a great local is consistency and it is hopefully something you have noticed getting better over the last few months. We are both dog, family and beer friendly so look forward to seeing you soon. Kind Regards Jamie Peoples More 

Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit Merlins frequently whether for a meal or a pint with friends and it never fails to impress. Fantastic atmosphere, friendly and fun staff and great food too!

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Thank Edchaplin98
Jamie P, Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Ed, Thanks for the glowing review. It's great when our regulars take the time to tell the rest of the world how much they enjoying visiting us. We will see you very soon by the sounds of it for a quiet pint and a bite to eat. Many Thanks Jamie More 

Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and waiting staff are a credit. Food is varied and good- with excellent fish choice. Lovely garden too

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Thank Meganebrogan
Jamie P, Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Megan, So good to hear you enjoyed your last visit to us. We have been trying really hard to improve the quality of both the food and the service here and it looks like it's paying off. Thank you for your kind words about the waiting staff they all work really hard for us. See you soon for another... More 

Birmingham, UK
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the curry, served on a board...Rather grotty. Curry ok. Other meals were fair to good. Service seemed slow, then efficient, then slow. Suspect a bottle neck in the kitchen?

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Thank ceedee1955
Jamie P, Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi, I am really sorry to hear you had a mixed visit with us recently. We endeavour to provide consistent service and obviously this did not happen on this occasion. I'm glad in general you found the food to be good and hopefully we will see you again soon for a smoother service experience. All the best Jamie Peoples More 

Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pre-booked a table for a mixed aged family group of 10 @ 19:00 which was a must as the restaurant itself soon became rather bizzy & I should of imagined that others had pre-booked too... as for the restaurant itself .... amazing as soon as you walk through the door...with lots of quirky decor that catches the eye... (brill).. the... More 

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Thank gas43
Jamie P, Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks gas43, The littuns were all really well behaved and you guys were a pleasure to serve. We look forward to seeing you again soon. All the best Jamie Peoples More 

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great meal, helpful staff and really lovely environment to dine in. Six of us dined, meal with one drink each came in at average of £20pp which was reasonable considering the location and decor. Recommend the Prawn Arrabiatta and the Katsu Curry for sure Will be back soon!

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Thank Soupastar39
Jamie P, General Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Soupastar39, Thanks for your kind words and really good to hear you liked some of the new dishes off the new menu. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. All the best Jamie More 

Wokingham, United Kingdom
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210 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We popped into Merlins at about 1.30 on a Thursday lunchtime. The pub/restaurant was quiet and not very busy. We were greeted as soon as we arrived but it was a few minutes before we were shown to a table. We were served some drinks fairly quickly, but our food took nearly 30 mins to arrive after we ordered. We... More 

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Thank 66Ihughes66
Jamie P, General Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello, I'm glad you enjoyed the location and decor of the pub. I am sorry to hear you had a longer wait then usual as we strive to get all our meals out within 20 minutes and this will be fed back to the head chef to work on going forwards. In regards to your comments regarding the menu we... More 

United Kingdom
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101 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here twice before and each time my meal has been delicious. This time I had fried squid followed by fish and chips which were both delicious. My wife had a curry for her main course which was new to the menu and not very good.

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Thank ClearViewing
Jamie P, General Manager at Merlin's Cave Pub and Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi ClearViewing, Great to hear you've had 2 good experiences with us. I will let the chef know about the disappointment with the curry and see how we can tweak the recipe to make it even better. Look forward to seeing you sometime soon for delicious meal number 3! Many Thanks Jamie Peoples More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:30
Monday
11:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:30
Thursday
11:00 - 23:30
Friday
11:00 - 23:30
Saturday
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Village Green | High Street, Chalfont St. Giles HP8 4QF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Buckinghamshire  >  Chalfont St. Giles
  • Phone Number: +44 1494 871072
Description
The newly renovated Merlins Cave is located in the heart of Chalfont St Giles on the Village Green, a beautiful village only a few minutes drive from the M40 and M25. Merlin's Cave has been rejuvenated into a beautiful country pub, with an all-fresh food restaurant and a bar serving hand-crafted beers from the cask or bottle. As well as our uniquely designed restaurant and bar, which draw their character from the stunning countryside which surrounds us, we also put the magic back into our garden which, incidentally stretches down to the River Misbourne. Food is served: Monday to Thursday: 11am - until 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 1pm until 10:00pm Sunday: 1pm until 9pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?