The Stag at Mentmore, Leighton Buzzard

A charming, independent gastropub with a cosy welcoming feel, stunning garden and a generous menu to boot – everyone wishes they had The Stag on their doorstep.

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From the moment you arrive at this charming gastro gem – be it by car, bike, on foot or horseback (yes, there’s ample room to tie up your noble steed) – you know you’re onto a winner with the welcoming vibe and seasonal fare. Built in the mid 1840s (by Baron Mayer de Rothschild no less) The Stag has passed through many hands over the years, then it was bought the community in 2018 when it was on the brink of closure. Six years’ on it’s thriving.

Open Weds to Sun, you can pop in for coffee and a slice – make that a wedge – of homemade cake during the day or later on for drinks or a bite to eat whether that’s date night, a family affair or eating solo. Served in unpretentious surroundings, fresh, seasonal, traditional pub grub is the order of the day but with a twist (well it is Head Chef, Martin Lee at the helm, formerly of Hartwell House and a three-time National Chef of The Year semi-finalist). Think herb battered haddock with skin on chips and lashings of  tartare sauce instead of your standard fish ‘n chips, then more exotic options like sumac marinated pork chops with roasted cauliflower, curly kale and a haricot bean puree or orange pavlova with earl grey marshmallow, ginger cream and a clementine and bergamot sauce. Someone’s having a lot of fun with the dessert menu here so note – leave room!

With the wood burner, exposed brickwork, rustic beams, parquet flooring and cosy furnishings, the vibe is home from home with kids and dogs very much welcome. There’s a large garden, recently re-landscaped, which is perfect for long summer evenings and for letting the kids blow off steam. There’s themed nights too if that’s your bag (vegan, burger, Valentine’s, for example) and a cracking quiz night too. Lucky old Leighton Buzzard.

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The Stag at Mentmore Ltd, The Green, Mentmore, LU7 0QF



01296 534 450

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Opening hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 10pm Fri: 12noon until 3pm | 5pm until 10.30pm Sat: 11am until 10.30pm Sun: 11am until 5.30pm
Thursday: 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 10pm
Friday: 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 10.30pm
Saturday: 11am – 10.30pm
Sunday: 11am – 5.30pm

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