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Hawkyns, Amersham

Muddy says: A modern Indian and British fusion restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar in the unusual setting of a country coaching inn, in the pretty village of Amersham.

A 16th century coaching inn may seem like an unlikely setting for an Indian restaurant, but that’s exactly where you’ll find Hawkyns, a 2 AA Rosette restaurant by twice Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar.

The Crown, in pretty Amersham, with historic timber frames and modern country-chic interiors is an unusual yet refreshing setting for Hawkyns, reflecting Atul’s signature and award-winning style of combining pan Indian and British flavours.

On offer are original fusion dishes such as Dum Nihari (lamb shank cooked in Nihari sauce with spice turnips) and Meen Moilee (pan-seared sea bass and masala mash), combining the best of both cuisines and presented with modern flair. Menus include a varied A La Carte offering and three tasting menus including vegetarian and pescatarian, all at the very reasonable price of £35. There’s also a small children’s menu and a takeaway service serving more traditional Indian dishes.

Gin lovers are in luck with 15 artisan brands, like Pinksters and Sipsmith, plus a extensive selection of wine, spirits and cocktails.

Bubble & Café Bar, run by winners of two Great Taste Awards and BBC2’s Million Pound Menu, husband and wife team Rupert and Marita, currently have a residency at Hawkyns serving their signature bubble and squeak.

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