Playhatch, READING, RG4 9QU
A pleasant walled cottage garden, beams and open fire grace this long-established local favourite in tiny Playhatch, close to Caversham Lakes and the River Thames. Beer lovers pop in for ales brewed just up the road by Loddon Brewery, whilst diners travel from afar to indulge in chef-patron Alan Oxlade's astonishing mutton dishes. The 7-hour roasted shoulder of mutton is rightly famous, and the Moroccan-style tagine of mutton leg is worth a mention too; reserve a seat in the airy conservatory and indulge. The wider menu is equally tempting - chicken and wild mushroom pie; slow-cooked Gressingham duck breast, with roast almond, sour cherries and port sauce; and smoked haddock and prawns lasagne.
Tel: 0118 947 3908
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Ruddles Best, Loddon Ferryman's Gold
Tue- Sat 12-3 6-11 (Sat 12-3 6.30-11 Sun 12-3)
26 Dec, 2 Jan, Sun eve, Mon
Coach parties catered.