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Desirable food below Chiltern beech woods

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AA Pick of the Pubs
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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 starter of crispy calamari with lime, chilli and coriander. Alternatively a bracing walk is well-rewarded with grilled sea bass, brown shrimps, market vegetables and saffron potatoes and herb butter, 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 December
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Opening times: 12–3 6–11 (Sunday 12–6)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12–2, Sunday 12–3
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6–9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

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On A4074 (Reading to Wallingford road).

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