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At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year
Garden

Between Henley-on-Thames and Reading, The Plowden Arms takes its name from the family who occupied Shiplake Court (now Shiplake College) in the 17th century. Period features, original beams and a working fireplace are the setting for Brakspear beers, draught ciders, and a menu that takes its inspiration from forgotten dishes of bygone times. The recipe for Alexis Soyer’s Lamb ‘Reform’, for example, dates from 1839; and the pudding of Barley cream (on the menu with blackcurrant compôte) was first created in 1859 by Robert Kemp Philp. Other dishes that might tempt are devilled kidneys on toast; and whole roast poussin, onion cake, baby vegetables and Madeira gravy.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Mon
  • Opening times: 11-2.30 5-11 (Sun 12-4 7-10.30)
  • Lunch: Tue-Sat 12-2, Sun 12-3.30
  • Dinner: Tue-Sat 6-10, Sun 7-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Bitter, Ringwood Boondoggle
  • Real ciders: Addlestones, Thatchers Heritage

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Garden

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

On A4155, 4m from Reading (2m from Henley-on-Thames)

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