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Merlin’s Cave

High Street, Chalfont St Giles, United Kingdom
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Mon - Thurs: 10am - 10.45pm
Fri: 10am - 11.45pm
Sat: 9am - 11.45pm
Sun: 9am - 10.15pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Merlin’s Cave

A true country pub bursting with character, Merlin’s Cave rests in the proud centre of Chalfont St Giles village green.
With our picturesque pub garden bordered by the river Misbourne & Chalfont St Giles parish church, our small but bustling bar & fresh food menu filled with homely comforts, we are the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate & recharge.
Rest assured, at Merlin’s Cave there is always a place for you in our home. Bring your partner, your parents, your friends, your children, your pup, and you will always be welcomed with open arms & a warm smile!

Cuisine: Gastro Pub
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Great choice of food and drink. The quality and quantity of the food was good. It was quiet at the time we went which was fine. The service throughout the meal was very good. I would recommend to friends.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Friendly service in a relaxed environment with good food

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

The Merlin’s Cave is situated in the centre of the attractive old village of Chalfont St Giles, and being adjacent to the lovely valley along which the Misbourne runs, is in an ideal location. The pub also has a good beer garden and children’s play area. Lunch here, however, was a mixed experience. On the positive side the food was good, and my pint of Bombardier went down very well; indeed, I was tempted to have the second pint that appeared which I hadn’t ordered! The young staff were extremely busy, mainly with many young mothers with their children presumably off school for the day because of the snow, but coped well, and were courteous and friendly throughout. My reservations: the area where we sat was dreadfully cold- I wore my winter coat throughout, and the radiator by me wasn’t on despite the snow outside. The tiny heater in its stead was of slight benefit only. The chair on which I sat was tatty as were several others around me, and my companion noticed that some in the eclectic mix of them must have originated from a church, given they had hymn book holders on their backs. Indeed an odd selection. I thought the food expensive for the quantity provided, and the service of the dessert was very slow. This was not helped by the fact that what I sought from the menu I was told only some time later wasn’t available. When I went to pay there was an item on it I hadn’t ordered (two glasses of wine), although that was corrected immediately I queried it- this was human error, nothing more. OK for young families, but I won't rush back.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

A nice averagely priced pub meal experience. Friendly staff and pleasant if not very adventurous menu. Good value

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Visited On Thursday, 17 January 2019

satisfied all round.

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Visited On Monday, 14 January 2019

Friendly but clearly untrained waiting staff. Decent food spoiled by being left under hotlamp for far too long. Even watercress left under hotlamp. This was just sloppy lack of attention.

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 January 2019

Food was disappointing which was a shame as we have enjoyed it over the years.

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Visited On Monday, 24 December 2018

Most of the food was like warm. One fish was not cooked A rice pudding was burnt and unusual Overall below average

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

Burger meat disappointing, more shop bought type than home made. Ran out of mussels starter, but wood pigeon I had instead was good. Lovely and friendly service.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

Staff were friendly and helpful but the service was ridiculously slow. We sat down at 2.30 and had to leave at 4.30. Our children’s desserts took over 40 mins and we had to leave before the were ready. I was told that the sticky toffee pudding takes 25 mins to make and this is why. I would suggest that they should have told us this when ordering considering we had already been there an hour and a half!! Food wasn’t very good either, worst Yorkshire pudding we’ve ever seen!!! And beef was tough. £220 bill for 4 adults and 4 kids seemed a bit steep considering the quality

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

Good election of ales and high quality food - I would recommend the roasts to everyone.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Fantastic meal. Staff were excellent. Our gluten-free friends were catered for very well indeed. We will definitely be back !

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Fantastic evening food was really good, great value the Festuve Menu. Great Service Matt and his team really looked after us. A great place with great atmosphere to go for a special occasion. Myself and my family love it here. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Lovely to see the restaurant full and nicely decorated for Christmas. Menu is shorter than usual but good though missed the range of starters to be able to share easily between 2. Friendly service.

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Visited On Sunday, 18 November 2018

I chose to go to Merlin's Cave for my birthday meal this year as i had heard so many great things about the restaurant. I was very much disappointed. We sat at our table in which 4 of the 8 people were already there and waited 20 minutes to order drinks. At this point we were ready to order food as well. The gentleman that took our order asked if we would like a jug of water, we said yes but the jug never came though the receipt showed a jug had been ordered. Then after 25 minutes we were approached to be told that they had no gluten free gravy for our no gluten order so we changed it for a burger but with in a minute the rest of the meals came out leaving one person with out a meal. Then they came over again to say the chips are cooked in with other food containing gluten did we mind roast potatoes with the burger. We said it was fine. Every one at the table were finished with their meal and we could see the burger under the warming light to be served. A member of our party went up after 5 minutes to ask about it and found 3 members of staff just chatting and joking with each other then when told we were waiting on a meal one member of staff said 'oh its only just come out' and when told we had been staring at it for over 5 minutes the staff had no reply. Once we were finished we went and asked for the bill which never came so we asked again and found the staff just talking round the corner again. Then had to correct the bill as a side plate of vegetables we ordered never actually arrived. If the issues had been down to it being busy i would have understood but after we pointed out the burger not arriving to staff they became more unwelcoming and didn't approach our table at all. I hope people have the experience i know others to have had and not the experience i had.

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Visited On Sunday, 18 November 2018

The service service and atmosphere was great. The dish I ordered Vegetarian pasta was served warm (I like my food hot) but everyone else's meal was fine. Would be good if you served Guinness?

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Visited On Friday, 09 November 2018

I sometimes find the food a little bit hit and miss. Not consistent. Didn't have everything on the menu. Service good. Relaxed setting.

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Visited On Friday, 09 November 2018

I have been to Merlin's a few times before, the food as always was good and the service at the bar before we went to our table was good. However, the service at the table was very poor, we were left about 20 minutes before we were even offered a drink and we had to ask for more drinks etc rather than a waiter coming to see if we needed anything else.

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Visited On Monday, 05 November 2018

This was the second time we have used Merlin's Cave for a post-funeral reception. Both times we have been well served with a nice atmosphere for peple to celebrate the lives of the departed.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 October 2018

Good food and we were well looked after.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 October 2018

Excellent Sunday lunch and accommodated dog well. Thank you

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

The roast beef was very stringent unedible

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

A lovely evening with our friends. I couldn't fault it.Well done all.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

So grateful to Merlin's Cave for letting us use their space for our Charity Pub Quiz and for being so accommodating to us. We all have a great evening! Thank you so much :)

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Visited On Monday, 01 October 2018

Good food and beer, welcoming staff, will come again

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