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The wooded hills of the Chilterns, criss-crossed by bridleways and footpaths, form a constant horizon drifting above the rural location of this attractive old building. Just a stone’s throw away is the remarkable Maharaja’s Well at nearby Stoke Row, a bracing circular ramble from the inn. Bare brick and beams predominate in the airy interior, interspersed by alcoves and warmed by log-burning stoves in this much updated 16th-century inn, where contented regulars sup beers supplied from the nearby Loddon brewery. The menu is eclectic and strong on locally sourced raw materials. The speciality here is pies; chicken and mushroom bacon pie or game pie may tempt as a follow-up to a cod and crab fishcake starter. Alternatively a bracing walk is well-rewarded with grilled sea bass, greens, croquette potato and brown shrimps, whilst the steaks are from the Royal Windsor Estate. A peaceful rear garden and suntrap terrace aid laid-back summer drinking.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 Dec
  • Days closed: Mon
  • Opening times: 12-3 6-11 (Sun 12-6)
  • Lunch opening: Tue-Sat 12-2, Sun 12-3
  • Dinner opening: Tue-Sat 6-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales: Fuller's London Pride, Loddon Hoppit, Rebellion, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Tutts Clump

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

On A4074 (Reading to Wallingford road)

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