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Country pub with nice food - Reading area??

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Sarsaparilllla Tue 09-Nov-10 13:59:15

Does anyone know of a nice country type pub that does restaurant type food rather than pub grub, in the Reading area?

I need to book somewhere for work - but I'm in Manchester so it's a bit tricky!? confused

I've been recommended the Crowne at Bray and the Bel and Dragon in Cookham so far - they both look like the type of thing I need but I'd like some other options too if possible.

grottielottie Tue 09-Nov-10 14:10:01

The Hinds Head at Bray (hestons pub down the road from the fat duck)

IamFartacus Tue 09-Nov-10 14:14:37

George and Dragon, Swallowfield,, or the Elephant, Pangbourne. Both v. nice.

Sarsaparilllla Tue 09-Nov-10 16:53:22

Thankyou so much I'll check those out

Rollmops Tue 09-Nov-10 17:06:17

No to Elephant, has huge flat screen televisions, faux Thai interior and very ..ahem... average food.
Crooked Billet is fabulous, so is Beetle and Wedge - glorious!

Byblyofyle Tue 09-Nov-10 17:11:27

The Pot Kiln at Frilsham (great for locally caught game) and the Cherry Tree at Checkendon.

taffetacat Tue 09-Nov-10 17:54:37

yy to Hind's Head @ Bray

or the Royal Oak @ Paley Street - Michael Parkinson's pub - has a Michelin star

Chequers in Cookham Dean

taffetacat Tue 09-Nov-10 17:56:29

btw the Crown in Bray and the Bel and Dragon are OK but a bit average, iykwim.

aquavit Wed 10-Nov-10 13:13:06

I liked Bel and the Dragon taffeta - thought they did straightforward pub grub very very well (eg cracking fish and chips). Only been once though.

Perhaps not 'restaurant type food' though?

Not sure if the Crazy Bear is too far away for you but I absolutely love it there - gorgeous snug bar and the restaurant is good

MollieO Wed 10-Nov-10 13:18:39

The Crown in Bray is also Heston owned. I don't think there is an eatery left there that he doesn't own.

Royal Oak at Bovingdon Green is very nice.

MollieO Wed 10-Nov-10 13:24:07

Also if you want to go to minor celeb relative owned eateries then add the White Oak in Cookham to your list. Owned by Terry Wogan's dd and sil. Posh gastropub. Food nice but kept us waiting at the bar for ages the last time I went.

There is also The Sanctum on the Green in Cookham Dean which is supposed to be nice.

tiokiko Wed 10-Nov-10 16:39:36

Bel & Dragon is nice but I think the Crooked Billet wins hands down, really like the feel of it.

Definitely prefer it to the Crown or Hinds Head but any of them are good.

OutOutLetItAllOut Wed 10-Nov-10 16:44:18

the old shire horse is pretty and nice.

ImASlatternGetMeOutOfHere Wed 10-Nov-10 18:01:00

The Bull Inn, Sonning

Lovely food, lovely surroundings.

zam72 Wed 10-Nov-10 18:17:41

Lovely food and atmosphere at Royal Oak, closer to Marlow than Reading Crab at Chievely nice too - more restauranty than pub though I guess. Seafood.

taffetacat Wed 10-Nov-10 18:20:05

Oh I love this thread, it brings back such memories. Age 18, Friday night lock ins at the Ringers, Bray ( now the Fat Duck ). Its a good area for pubs. grin

<sigh, bliss>

RustyBear Wed 10-Nov-10 18:21:57

I'd recommend the George & Dragon at Swallowfield too, especially the calves' liver...

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