Serves meat, vegan options available. Traditional English pub with a separate extensive vegan menu, with multiple choices for each course, plus vegan wines. Open Mon-Thu 12:00-21:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-22:00, Sun 12:00-20:00.

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36 Reviews

First Review by Georgina


Points +113

30 May 2023

Surprisingly Good Find

A pub I’ve driven past loads of times and finally booked a table for a birthday. Was really pleasantly surprised to find loads of vegan options on the menu, lots of good variety. Felt like a lot of effort had gone into it. Staff were very attentive and vegan aware, food was good and prices were reasonable. Highly recommend, will be back.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Attentive and vegan aware staff, Good food



Points +162

07 Feb 2023

Lovely pub with nice gardens

Great there are vegan/ gluten free choices.

Not the cheapest pub so could not visit every week. I feel the menu is better if just vegan. Gluten free choices not very exciting and expensive for what it is.

Keep checking menu for different choices.


Points +26

14 Jan 2023

Lovely menu

Brilliant vegan menu here. Everything was cooked brilliantly, and alcohol options were clear. Even specials offered. Quick service!

Pros: Large vegan menu and options, Tastes great, Vegan alcohol and specials


Points +28

14 Nov 2022

Great Vegan Menu!

I’ve been going here for a few years and they have an amazing vegan menu!
Had vegan sausages with mash and onion gravy the other day, which was delicious.
Great vegan deserts too!!!!

Pros: Full Dedicated Vegan Menu, Vegan beer, wine & cider , Friendly staff

Cons: Gets busy, so best to book at peak times


Points +809

29 Oct 2022

Varied vegan menu

A proper authentic countryside pub. Decent vegan menu with lots of variety. Options include ‘chicken’ leek and mushroom pie, to tempura cod and chips, and a Seitan Sunday roast.
Friendly and knowledgeable service.
Service can be a bit slow if the pub is busy.
Great location with plentiful parking.
Dog friendly

Updated from previous review on 2022-10-29

Pros: Great vegan menu. , Good location. , Friendly staff

Cons: A little expensive. , Service can be a bit slow


Points +39

23 Oct 2022

Beautiful food in a lovely pub

The roast dinner and pumpkin pie was amazing and clearly all had good thought put into it, rather than just offering an uninspired "vegan option"

Pros: Huge vegan and vegetarian menu, Care and consideration taken into food choices

Cons: Some flies kept disturbing us


Points +97

27 Jul 2022

Lovely pub with great vegan options!

We celebrated a big family celebration here and loved they had great options for everyone. I was impressed with the number of vegan choices, including on the wine list! We even had some vegan kids in the group
and they were happy to make smaller portions for them and customized it as requested. We tried the veg curry pot pie, vegan Sunday roast, vegan burger, the fruit crumble with vegan ice cream, and many vegan starters! We liked everything and would be happy to return!

Pros: Lots of vegan choices , Vegan wines!, Was able to accommodate our large party & request

Cons: Had to pay a deposit to hold reservation , Must order drinks at the bar


Points +20

19 Jun 2022

Great Vegan choice

Good choice of food for everyone, and specifically a good choice for vegans. I got to eat my first vegan pie and it was delicous. They've gone the extra mile, with even vegan mayonnaise available. The only downside was it did feel a little pricey, but that could just be down to the price of everything going up. Would highly reccommend, and would suggest you book in advance.

Pros: Choice

Cons: Price


Points +469

23 Apr 2022

Amazing vegan menu

Great vegan options meaning you'll be able to have something different each time! Brilliant staff too!

Pros: Great vegan options


Points +173

13 Feb 2022

Lovely Sunday Lunch

It’s a good thing we’d nothing planned for the rest of the day following our meal. I had to have a lie down! I can’t remember the last time we ate so much! Restraint was out of the window as it was our friend’s birthday. 😅

The pub was so welcoming and cosy on this grey rainy day. The service was very very good. Our red wine was lovely and we couldn’t fault the food. Such a warm and hygge place! We booked in advance.

Pros: A lovely vegan menu, Cosy atmosphere , Friendly and attentive staff


Points +28

13 Dec 2021

Our go to place to eat

We eat at The Chester Arms regularly. The vegan menu is great so you never need to compromise. The vegan options are well thought out rather than the lazy options you get at some places.

We are always made to feel welcome and have introduced lots of our friends and family to The Chester Arms too.

It’s a shame the app won’t let me give it 5 stars because it deserves all 5!

Pros: Comprehensive vegan menu, Great value , Friendly and welcoming


Points +213

30 Nov 2021

Lovely extensive vegan menu.

A great places that puts thought and effort into its vegan options rather than just offering a burger or the ubiquitous sweet potato and chickpea curry. Lots of options for all courses, always my first port of call for a nice pub meal.


Points +141

22 Aug 2021

Great Vegan Options

Ate here on Father’s Day and was really impressed with the range of vegan options.

There is a separate vegan menu and loads to choose from.

I had the mixed grill which was a decent size and tasty.

Was great that 90% of the deserts were vegan so when my daughter couldn’t eat her ice cream I could finish it off!

Updated from previous review on 2021-06-21

Visited again last night (Aug 2021) and had the “lamb” skewers and “chicken” burger. Both tasted amazing!

Updated from previous review on 2021-08-22

Pros: Big menu, Outdoor seating, Friendly staff


Points +921

10 Aug 2021

Lovely Food

Incredible choice of vegan food. I had the vegan garlic mushroom kiev which was amazing. Also tried the vegan cod and chips which was delicious. Very friendly staff, who are very knowledgeable on the vegan menu.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff, Fresh hot food

Cons: Not fully vegan!


Points +376

01 Aug 2021

Great vegan options

A very good vegan menu in a lovely setting and great vegan food.

Pros: Lots of vegan option, Nice setting, Friendly staff


Points +46

19 Jul 2021

Amazing for Vegans!

Had the sriracha cauliflower and tempura cod and chips for lunch today. Amazing!

I’ve been here before and always enjoyed the food. But they’ve really stepped up their game over the past year.

Would recommend coming here for a family meal if some family members won’t eat vegan. Really good food and friendly staff.

Pros: Has its own vegan menu, Amazingly well thought out food, Friendly

Cons: That you can’t give this place 5 stars


Points +50

05 May 2021

5 star roast dinner

Only place to come locally for a banging vegan roast. We also had the lamb skewers to start and they were absolutely incredible, you need to try if you miss the taste of real lamb!

They also do vegan yorkies, so an absolute win win!

Updated from previous review on 2021-05-05


Points +92

03 May 2021

Wonderful vegan options

Travelled over an hour today in the pouring rain to meet friends here and it was well worth it. Very covid secure , small marquee with heaters . The food was lovely, imaginative and not the usual vegan pub food , very impressed, would recommend and definitely visit again .

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Lovely service, Excellent value

Cons: Had to eat outside because of covid restrictions


Points +83

18 Dec 2020

Fabulous vegan menu!

Fabulous meal in hidden location xx a gem

Pros: Vegan fish n chips , Vegan Sunday roast , Lovely local pub


Points +56

27 Oct 2020

Great place!

Brilliant vegan menu with loads of choice, had the vegan roast dinner and my partner had the mushroom pie we also shared the Brussels sprouts everything was amazing. Food was so delicious, staff where lovely and welcoming and the pub was beautiful. Can’t wait to go back again and feel very lucky that I live 5 minutes from it, lovely hidden gem

Pros: Lots of vegan choices , Decent prices , Delicious food


Points +131

10 Aug 2020

Must Visit

Vegan nachos, vegan fish and chips & vegan burger were all amazing! Lots of options including deserts. Chips could have been better.

Absolutely lovely staff and venue in a peaceful location.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Great vegan fish, Fast and friendly staff

Cons: Chips


Points +217

26 Apr 2020


A traditional pub with an extensive vegan menu and HUGE portions! Plus it is dog friendly in the bar area


Points +179

27 Feb 2020

Imaginative vegan menu

My favourite place in Beds/Bucks area, I always visit here when I'm working in the area. Separate vegan menu with four or five options each for starter/main/dessert. They seem to add imaginative new dishes every few months. Quality of food is excellent and service is always friendly and efficient.
Absolutely LOVE the sriracha cauliflower starter and I recommend saving some room for the chocolate oreo cheesecake.
Worth booking ahead, because they can get quite busy and staff will advise best time to avoid long waits for food.
They also have proper beer and vegan wines.
Only criticism is that veggies are sometimes a little overcooked. But I guess you can state a preference for crunchier veg when ordering.

Pros: Separate extensive vegan menu , Quality of food, Excellent service

Cons: Serves meat, Vegetables sometimes a little overcooked


Points +159

01 Jan 2020

Fantastic vegan menu

Fantastic vegan menu including deep fried brussel sprouts, seitan pie, pear and dark choc tart with choc ice cream 👌😋 lovely place and such nice staff!

Pros: Fantastic vegan menu, Lovely staff, Gorgeous pub


Points +45

19 Sep 2019

Excellent vegan menu

Lovely service and food, extensive vegan menu along with dairy free and gluten free menus too.

Pros: Lovely venue, Great portions, Great choice


Points +231

11 Aug 2019

Lovely little pub for a Sunday roast

A really cute little pub with outdoor seating and a banging seitan roast dinner. Didn’t get to try other menu items but would definitely return to this place. Sides of roast includes red wine cabbage (wow), roast potatoes, veg, gravy and vegan yorkie (a rarity). This was such a great happy cow find😄

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Very friendly staff, Delicious roast dinner


Points +1576

26 Jul 2019

We love this pub

This is a great place to eat. Their menu regularly changes and the food is homemade. The staff are friendly too. Great portion sizes and tasty food.

Pros: Vegan menu, Friendly staff

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