Friendly downland pub on top form under its expert licensees.
The good pub guide review
Mr and Mrs Davison are always on hand to offer a genuine welcome to all the customers to their consistently good and popular pub. The long bare-boards bar has strategically placed high-backed chairs (comfort guaranteed by plenty of colourful cushions), a warm woodburning stove in a stripped-brick chimney breast and, for real sybarites, two luxuriously carpeted end areas, one with velour tub armchairs. Friendly, efficient, neatly dressed staff serve West Berkshire Good Old Boy and a couple of changing guests on handpump, 16 wines by the glass and summer farm cider; background music. This is downland horse-training country, and picnic- sets outside at the front look across to the rolling fields beyond the quiet country lane ' on a clear day you can see as far as the Hampshire border hills some 20 miles south. There is more seating under parasols on a smallish sheltered back terrace. They offer a self-catering one-bedroom apartment. Good surrounding walks.
The good pub guide food review
Popular pubby food includes whitebait with garlic mayo, goats cheese and beetroot tart, roasted Mediterranean vegetable and chickpea pie, burger (beef or mushroom and halloumi) and chips, steak and ale pie, confit of duck with sautéed potatoes and braised red cabbage, and puddings such as honey and coconut cheesecake and apple and berry crumble with custard or vanilla pod ice-cream.