Located in the Chiltern town of Amersham, the Boot and Slipper is a classic family pub with plenty of historical charm. Dating back to the 15th century, the timber-beamed building is full of cosy nooks, candlelit tables and roaring log fires.
The stretch of road from Amersham to nearby Chesham where the Boot and Slipper is located was once a hub for the region’s thriving local boot trade. It is thought there may have even been a cobblers on the site of the pub at one time, hence its unusual name: the Boot and Slipper.
The building itself has been associated with the drinks trade for several centuries, with records showing it in the hands of the local family-run brewery Wellers of Amersham in the 1700s. Today, despite its history and traditional look, plus its local reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in Buckinghamshire, this is very much a 21st-century pub, with a modern dining menu and a family-friendly vibe.Read more...
The Boot and Slipper has a prime position just on the edge of the centre of Amersham, a charming market town of two halves. There is Amersham-on-the-Hill, an affluent London commuter neighbourhood that grew out from the railway station after the tracks were laid in the early 20th century. And, at the foot of the ‘hill’, there is picturesque Old Amersham, where upmarket coffee shops and boutiques sit alongside centuries-old buildings.
Amersham can count some of the biggest names in British history among its historic visitors, including John Knox, Oliver Cromwell and William Penn. Historical corners of the town, of which there are many, include the 13th-century parish church of St Mary’s, a grand Grade I-listed building just a few minutes’ drive from the Boot and Slipper, and the Amersham Museum, a lovely half-timbered Tudor building that houses an award-winning collection of treasures spanning 2,000 years. Also of note and just a two-minute drive from the Boot and Slipper is one of Amersham’s quirkier hidden gems: the Amersham Fair Organ Museum. This museum holds a truly striking collection of ornate fairground organs from famous manufacturers including Gavioli, Marenghi, and Hooghuys.
Other historic landmarks in town include a poignant memorial off Station Road dedicated to the Amersham Martyrs, a group of early Protestants who were persecuted and burned in the 16th century under the order of Henry VIII.The Chiltern Hills, a dedicated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are also just a stone’s throw from Amersham, making this area a magnet for city dwellers seeking solace in the countryside. At the weekends, walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers and families flee the city for their fix of fresh air in the peaceful Chiltern Hills.
The Boot and Slipper’s charm makes it a choice location for small parties, and bookings for private drinks or dinners are welcome. The pub is within walking distance from the train station and within easy reach of the M25, so it is a convenient location if guests are joining you from out of town. And the pub has a large car park with disabled spaces, so nobody has to worry about finding somewhere to park nearby.
Amersham is a best-of-both-worlds destination for guests, pairing quick routes to the capital with the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside.
When you visit this 600-year-old pub for a drink, you will receive a warm welcome in the heart of the Outstanding Natural Beauty of the Chilterns.Show less...