Maybe, like many, you’ll have reached this award-winning, family-run, traditional village inn on the Thames Path as it briefly leaves the river to run through Lower Shiplake and passes two minutes from its door. Alternatively, you may have alighted at Shiplake station just 100 metres away. The dog friendly bar is adorned with sporting memorabilia and is home to four real ales from the nearby Loddon and Rebellion breweries and 13 wines by the glass. Food-wise, the cuisine is modern British and European with a menu of classically based dishes that evolves with the seasons using fresh, locally sourced produce. With all dishes cooked to order, the restaurant is usually very busy, so booking is advisable. Lunch and evening menus include 3 pub classics and at lunch open sandwiches and lighter bites are on offer. Also available are bar Snacks (not Sundays) and a children’s’ menu and they happily cater for vegetarians and vegans. The wine list extends to over 70 bins and there is a selection of over 50 malt whiskies and 10 gins. In winter, cosy up to roaring log fires and is the summer dine alfresco in its beautiful garden.