The James Figg
Reviewed by Nicole Channer
The James Figg in Thame bills itself as a ‘local and friendly free house’ and that’s exactly what we found it to be—an honest pub with great food in a quaint market town. We were greeted by the friendly bar staff on arrival and made to feel very welcome throughout our stay, which would have been considerably longer had driving and babysitters not factored in to the equation!
We arrived towards the end of the Saturday night dinner service and placed our order straight away at the bar as we were both ravenous. On our way in we were enticed by the aroma of barbecue that we later learned was from the Help for Heroes event being hosted in the pub’s beer garden, so we both ordered the famous James Figg burger (£7 including chips). To make up for ordering the same thing we went for different toppings—I had mine with bacon and my husband chose cheddar and jalapenos—a bargain at only £0.50 each. The selection of real ales was tempting, but we opted for a bottle of the house rose which was light and fruity and very summery.
We settled in to a comfy upholstered booth at the back of the pub with our drinks and didn’t have to wait long for our burgers which came nicely presented on a wooden board. The burgers were thick and juicy and the thick-cut chips were well-seasoned and piping hot. A selection of condiments was available on the table but the delicious house-made burger sauce meant they sat by unused, but it was still nice to have the options there without having to ask. We found the portions both generous and manageable at the same time, which meant we had room to try some of the free-range ice cream. I opted for chocolate and salted caramel while my husband had chocolate and strawberry, and both came with sliced fresh strawberries for Wimbledon which was a nice touch. The food was simply prepared, but the quality of the ingredients shone through to make it a meal to remember.
Overall we had a very enjoyable evening and would happily recommend the James Figg as a cosy place to enjoy a casual meal and a few drinks. We hope to make it back later in the summer to sample the beer garden and would love to go back in the winter to take full advantage of the log fire and selection of board games.
Food quality 5/5
Value for money 5/5
Service levels 5/5
For more information or to view the menu visit www.thejamesfiggthame.co.uk