An excellent gastro-pub, partly owned by Michael Parkinson, and maintaining the high standards you'd expect from a venture with which he was involved.
It still operates very much as a 'local', with good draught beers etc. But the reason for many to visit is the excellent food; the kitchen under the experienced command of Dominic Chapman, who grew up in The Castle Hotel, Taunton. A short bar menu offers lighter dishes, including Scotch Eggs - which have built up quite a following.
More serious dishes might include 'Soused Mackerel with Beetroot and Horseradish'; 'Macaroni Cheese with Ham Hock' and 'Chicken Liver, Bacon and Pistachio Terrine with Onion Marmalade' among the starters/lighter dishes.
Perhaps 'Roast Halibut with Leeks, Bacon and Grain Mustard'; 'Oxtail and Kidney Pie'; 'Old Spot Belly Pork with Scotch Broth' and '8oz. Angus Entrecote Steak, Chips and Bearnaise' among the mains.
Desserts such as 'Lemon Posset with Garibaldi Biscuits'; 'Bakewell Tart' and 'Baked Alaska' might be too hard to resist.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sun 12.00-14.30 (Sun 16.00); set L Mon-Sat £19.95 (2 courses), £24.95 (3 courses); mains about £18 to £36; Sun L mains £18 to £30; set L Sun £26
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-21.30 (Fri & Sat 22.00); mains about £18 to £36
- Seats: 80, plus about 40 outside
- Wine: An interesting list, kicking off at aroundthe £20 mark, travels the world and includes some prestigious bottles red Bordeaux's in particular.
- Children's portions: no children of under 3 allowed
- Nearest station: Maidenhead Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating
- Rooms available