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5 of the best country pubs in Berkshire

PUBLISHED: 15:23 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:23 19 March 2018

The Plough at Eastbury in West Berkshire

The Plough at Eastbury in West Berkshire


It’s wonderful that so many of us have pretty pubs on our doorstep – or at least within walking distance – and here are some of our favourites to complete the perfect day out



The Plough, Eastbury

You’ll find lots of local produce in use here, including Berkshire game and beef, and the best the surrounding counties have to offer. The ambience is lovely, it’s easy to settle back and while away the hours here. Award-winning chef-patron Graham White comes up with some very special dishes. That beer, by the way, is likely to have come from one of the local micro-breweries, and they have an ale takeaway container so you can enjoy a new found favourite at home.

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The Pot Kiln, Frilsham

This pub was once at the centre of the local Yattendon villages’ brick making cottage industry, indeed it’s built from them, as are many nearby properties. Until recent years beer was actually brewed on the premises and you can still enjoy Brick Kiln Bitter, brewed just for The Pot Kiln by West Berkshire Brewery. The menu includes a lot of local game, and you can tell that most of the veg was grown in the pub’s gardens. Some of the offerings are extraordinary – extraordinarily brilliant, that is – such as a bar food menu with all the favourites. A lot of the meat comes Vicar’s Game at Ashampstead, although most of the venison is shot on local estates by director Mike Robinson.

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The Red Lion, Upper Basildon

This small village near Pangbourne is a perfect base from which to enjoy some delightful countryside, and The Red Lion is a great ‘stopping off point’ for a filling sandwich or panini, or larger lunch options. Traditional pub food and specials share the menu, and Sunday lunch offers roast choices as well as a host of other main courses and some mouth-watering puddings.


The Swan Inn, Great Shefford

With all the rural treats of the countryside between Newbury and Hungerford literally on the doorstep, The Swan has a lot to offer even before you’ve gone inside. It sits beside the Lambourn river in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and so can you while dining there. Homemade pub classics including pies, fish and chips, and steak with all the trimmings, are joined by mains such as roasted fried duck breast andslow cooked belly pork. Express lunches and tasty fresh sandwiches go down well, and on Sundays the lunch offerings include ‘Daddy roast’ of rib of beef and pork belly with crackling and Yorkshire pudding.


The Winning Post, Winkfield

This inn may be off the beaten track in Winkfield Street, but could there be a better place to be than between Windsor and Ascot? As you’d expect, it’s popular with the horsey set in the racing and polo seasons, but retains charm that keeps regular customers returning for more. Full of 18th century features to go with the equestrian themes, it’s spacious and has a lovely beer garden. You’ll find everything from char-grilled beef rib eye to venison haunch here. With lovely rooms available you could stay a night or two to enjoy it all.

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