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Good Pub Guide Recommended
Consistently maintaining its high standards, this red-brick pub on a quiet village street remains extremely popular with both locals and visitors - and it's kept an atmosphere that customers without smaller children tend to appreciate. The food is quite a draw but you're likely to find a row of chatty regulars occupying stools along the counter, enjoying the Goddards Fuggle-Dee-Dum, Sharps Doom Bar and West Berkshire Good Old Boy on handpump and 11 wines by the glass. The comfortably furnished open-plan bar has a winter woodburning stove and country-style furnishings on mainly flagstoned floors and bare boards. Outside, there are tables in a carefully tended garden beside the kitchen's herb and vegetable patch. A couple of picnic-sets in a quiet square at the front have pleasant views of the church. Good walking on the nearby Freshwater Way.
Good Pub Guide Food
Listed on boards behind the bar, the food includes a cross-section of dishes such as field mushrooms with spinach and goats cheese, crab and avocado cocktail, calves liver with bacon and onion gravy, several fresh fish dishes, steak in ale pie, a changing curry, lamb shank with minted gravy, and puddings.