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Summary

“Wonderful out-of-the-way” gastropub “down the end of a winding lane” and with “an amazing indoors with a dining room plastered with intriguing old photos”, which still “sets standards others struggle to meet” (listen up pop pickers, it’s owned by ex-Sweet and John Otway rock guitarist Paul Clerehugh, who set up here in 1989). “Never had a bad meal, course or service: it always delivers with taste, charm and pizzazz”. “A handwritten daily changing menu is always a joy to hold – other pretenders take note”.

£59
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Paul Clerehugh “has really found the formula to please his customers” at this “tucked out-of-the-way” gastropub “down the narrow country lanes” of the Chiltern Hills, between Reading and Henley, where “there is always a friendly smile and something delicious on the menu”. “I’ve been coming here roughly once a fortnight over 15 years, and it never fails to please!”

£58
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£54
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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The Crooked Billet Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Crooked Billet Restaurant in RG9, Stoke Row by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Crooked Billet restaurant.
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Our annual visit. Nice ambience and friendl...
Reviewed 4 months, 5 days ago

"Our annual visit. Nice ambience and friendly (though flawed) service. Asked if we wanted bread and olives, but really they should have asked bread OR olives; turns out they charge £4 for bread and £3.50 for olives (!) - really aimed at more than two people but they did offer to put the remaining olives in a box to take home. Ordered wine, which only came after the starters and a reminder, served quickly so we didn't notice that it was Malbec (nice but pricey at £29) instead of the somewhat cheaper Merlot we'd asked for. Tuna sashimi was not served Japanese style but the mix of thin-sliced fish (really carpaccio), mooli, wasabi and a bit of pickled ginger was nice. Mussels were superb - good mussels not overcooked and a delicious, unusually good, cream sauce. Venison with pears and haggis good, but a bit too salty. Sole was good. Too full for dessert, and anyway you get fudge with the coffee. Bill originally omitted wine; we told them and as a "reward" got a little box of fudge to take home. Prices creeping up but that's happening everywhere."

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Tim P
4th Time here, never disappointed, went for...
Reviewed 4 months, 26 days ago

"4th Time here, never disappointed, went for music night - amazing venue for live music. Food excellent as ever, first Moule in 32 years - delicious, we had a top evening in all ways. Will be going back for my Birthday. Love it."

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tony o
We visited on a busy Friday, we found a tab...
Reviewed 6 months, 19 days ago

"We visited on a busy Friday, we found a table near the fire, #seksymissus had Scallops with dry black pudding, Cremated crispy duck. Twice baked Scones ( cheese soufflé) and Lamb Rump. Server was top grade, full of diners on the very good value lunchtime menu "

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Axel T
Lovely meal and staff very good with the ki...
Reviewed 8 months, 26 days ago

"Lovely meal and staff very good with the kids."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £17.50  
SundayLunch   £29.50

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.00 £17.00 £4.00 £6.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.50
Filter Coffee £2.75
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Newlands Ln, Stoke Row, RG9 5PU
Opening hours
Monday12 pm-10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-10:30 pm
Friday12 pm-10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm-10:30 pm

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