Log in or register
My AA Account

Sign in to see your cover and request assistance online

Log in

Don’t have a My AA account?

You’ll need your policy or membership number

Create an account

Your Finances

Loans | Savings | Credit Cards

Your Driving Lessons

Book a lesson

Family-welcoming hostelry offering refreshments from a bygone era

At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year

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: Monday
  • Opening times: 11-2.30 5-11 (Sunday 12-4 7-10.30)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12-2, Sunday 12-3.30
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6-10, Sunday 7-9

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

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

Use the AA Route Planner
Contact the establishment
Press to call
Tell us about your visit

Thank you for your feedback