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The Shoulder of Mutton

Village pub that is true to its name

At a glance

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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. The wider menu is equally tempting – chicken and wild mushroom pie; slow-cooked Gressingham duck breast, with roast almond, sour cherries and balsamic; and salmon, smoked haddock and prawn lasagne.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 December, 2 January
  • Days closed: Sunday evening, Monday
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday 12-3 6-10.30 (Friday 12-3 6-11 Saturday 12-3 6.30-11 Sunday 12-3.30)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12-2, Sunday 12-2.30
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: 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 menu
  • High chairs


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

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

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