Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The Dinton Hermit

We have driven by the sign leading to The Dinton Hermit many times since we arrived in the area but havn't had the opportunity to stop  in before. This Friday, we made the time and went in for lunch.

The Dinton Hermit is a lovely 16th century village pub with historical significance.  Local legend, involving  Dinton local, Simon Mayne Jnr, who sat as a King's Judge on the High Commission Court was one of those who signed the King's death warrant for King Charles I execution. Mayne was tried for High Treason and died, a prisoner at the Tower of London. He was bought back to Dinton for burial. His clerk, John Bigg, who was rumoured to be the King's executioner, came to Dinton, became a recluse, lived in a cave near Dinton Hall  and became known as the Dinton Hermit.

A  roaring log fire greeted us and even though it wasn't that chilly we took a seat next to the fire. Service was swift, drink orders taken while we perused the menu. We had a few errands to run so chose to have a quick lunch and ordered a baguette each. My husband had the pan fried local pork sausage with crispy onion and mustard dressing while I ordered the Chicken Piri Piri with sticky tomato relish. Both were very tasty and came served with a side salad and very good fries. Servings were so large we could have shared one dish with ease.

Was a nice country pub with a  relaxed atmosphere and good service, be lovely to sit outside in the large garden on a sunny day. Would be very nice to linger next to that fire on a cold winter's day too. 

Baguettes are all £7.25 and there is a selection of starters, mains and desserts for those wanting something more substantial.

The Dinton Hermit Inn
Water Lane
HP17 8XH


  1. Hi Robyn, welcome to England. The Dinton Hermit looks like a gorgeous place. I'm also an Aussie living here in England (after six years in Italy).

  2. Thank You Cathy, we are discovering all the delights that the UK has to offer and love that everything is so close! Six years in Italy would be amazing...oh the food!

  3. I love the inside of this cozy pub!