Review on Russell Arms
The Russell Arms can be found a short drive from Aylesham in the village of Butler's Cross, located at an ancient junction at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. A favourite local destination, the venue was rescued from decay by the local villagers and the team behind Wendover's famous cheese and wine shop. Dating back to the 18th century, this former coaching house was originally the servant's quarters for those employees who worked at Chequers, the well-known Prime Ministerial country retreat. The interiors have been restored to their former glory with cosy open fires, stone flagged floors and walls adorned with photos of former Prime Ministers. The split-level garden is a big draw for al fresco dining during summer months.
The kitchen is under the leadership of Kiwi chef Jane Collins, who has honed her skills working alongside such illustrious chefs as The Roux Brothers, Richard Corrigan and Marco Pierre White. A keen forager, her menus change with the seasons and there's a real dedication to local produce. Typically on the carte you could find a starter of carpaccio of venison, rocket, parmesan, Henderson relish and chorizo oil or langoustine cannelloni, bisque. Main courses take in smoked haddock, spinach, crushed potatoes and hollandaise or for meat lovers there's Hereford fillet steak, mixed salad, triple cooked chips and red wine jus. To finish enjoy a pear star anise tarte tatin and pear sorbet or white chocolate cheesecake paired with cranberry sorbet.
There's a carefully chosen wine list including English wines to complement the food, together with other interesting British tipples including their home-grown soft drink brands such as Fevertree, Fentimans, Drovers Farm and Bloomberry.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat (12.00 - 4.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card