Harden's survey result
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“Tucked away in the Chiltern Hills between Reading and Henley”, Paul Clerehugh’s “wonderful, out-of-the-way pub/restaurant” is “still a favourite after many years”. The food is “gorgeous”, staff are “very friendly and cheerful” and the oak-beamed interior is “just lovely” (there’s also “the option of eating in the secret garden area” at the back). Top Tip – “great music nights”.
“Tucked out-of-the-way (thankfully otherwise it would be mobbed)” – this “unbeatable” oak-beamed rural favourite is, for fans, “the benchmark for casual relaxed dining”, with “a romantic ambience in both rooms” and “always reliable” cooking.
The food at this “friendly” and “quirky” oak-beamed rural “gem” has been even “better” of late – this is simply an “exemplary” pub-with-food, and one which “really is worth the drive”.
“Out of the way, but well worth the trip”, this “superb” Chilterns pub-restaurant offers the complete package – an “olde worlde atmosphere with very good food and wine without any fuss”; indeed, the consistency of the positive feedback is impressive.
The Crooked Billet Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Yet another annual visit to this rustic-looking (inside as well as outside!) gastropub. Optional bread (£3.20 for 2) was very nice and came with hummus, pesto, oil and balsamic vinegar, and butter. Starter of scallops (£10) was small but wonderful - scallops to die for, samphire, and far better than usual chorizo; fish soup (£8) was lovely though the rouille could have done with more garlic. Main of venison and haggis (£22.50; we always seem to order this!) was excellent - tasty, rare venison and some of the best haggis we've ever tasted. Belly pork (19) was also very good. Too full for dessert (oddly the desserts are relatively inexpensive compared to starters, mains and wine), and anyway coffee comes with some fudge. Chilean carmenere (£24) was ok but overpriced. Service was quick, cheery and excellent."
"Down the narrow country lanes for our annual trip to this nice gastropub. Prices up a bit - starters mostly getting close to £10, many mains now over £20. Salt and chilli squid was good but not exceptional - a bit more spice needed. Pulled salt beef was interesting but odd for someone like me who grew up on NY Jewish delicatessen corn beef. Venison with haggis (we always seem to order this!) was excellent as always. Pan-fried halibut was ok but a bit dry - cooked for a few moments too long. For once, not having had any bread or extra veg, we had desserts. Baked alaska was a nice bit of nostalgia - haven't had that for decades. Caramelised lemon tart with blackberry puree was lovely - quite sharp, not too sweet. Carignan at £22 (as cheap as the wines now are there) was soft and pleasant, only 11% alcohol but perhaps could have had a bit more character. Good espresso with fudge. Service excellent with one exception - after our starters had arrived we had to remind them that we'd ordered wine. On an unusually warm September evening we sat outside - very atmospheric. And we'd never before seen rhubarb grown in wheelbarrows (part of the decorations)."
Newlands Ln, Stoke Row, RG9 5PU
lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 10 pm, all day Sat & Sun
Last orders: 10 pm, Sat 10.30 pm