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The Shoulder of Mutton

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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.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 Dec, 2 Jan
  • Days closed: Sun eve, Mon
  • Opening times: Tue- Sat 12-3 6-11 (Sat 12-3 6.30-11 Sun 12-3)
  • Lunch opening: Tue-Sun 12-2
  • Dinner opening: Tue-Sat 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Ruddles Best, Loddon Ferryman's Gold
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Getting here

From Reading follow signs to Caversham, take A4155 to Henley-on-Thames. At rdbt left to Binfield Heath, follow brown pub sign, 1st pub on left

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