IT’S safe to say we have all missed a trip our locals for a drink or food with friends.
We are still in lockdown for now, and it will be a while before we can be back at our favourite boozers, but Boris Johnson is set to announce plans later today for a “roadmap” to end lockdown, which is expected to include dates for the return of outdoor drinking.
With this in mind, we have rounded up a few of Berkshire’s best pubs – as rated by locals across the county.
1. The Long Barn, Slough: 5*
The Long Barn, Cippenham Lane, is described as a beautiful 17th century community pub, “full of rustic charm and atmosphere.”
The site says it has a lovely, sunny terrace and is family and dog friendly.
The pub serves a wide selection of premium lagers, draft and bottled ciders, malt whiskies, speciality gins, Fever Tree tonics and refreshing soft drinks, to name a few.
Locals on Trip Advisor have left glowing reviews, rating it with five stars.
One visitor said: “Visited The Long Barn for the first time last week and will be going back again very soon.
“Great host and food was spot on.
“Plus the Guinness was awesome.
“It came highly recommended and it was which was correct, staff very curious and helpful and hopefully be seeing them soon.”
2. The Bell Inn, Aldworth: 5*
The Bell Inn is located in the village of Aldworth, near Reading.
It won CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year in 1990, and received the accolade again for 2019.
It is a grade II listed building and is the only pub in Berkshire with a grade II listed interior.
Trip Advisor has also rated it as five stars.
One rave review reads: “Been coming here for a few years now, and it never disappoints.
“The beer is wonderful and the cider is fantastic. No wonder CAMRA members hold the pub in such high esteem.
“It’s a wonderful time capsule inside, nothing has really changed since the end of WWII judging by appearances, the walls are covered in really interesting local history.
“You are served though a small hatch in centre of the bar, a real throwback but utterly charming.
“They are coping very well with Covid-19 and have a one way system through the garden, and a slightly reduced menu, but the rolls as always are the star of the show when you visit.
“Hopefully this gem of a pub will survive the next 6 months of Covid, as it is an absolute institution around these parts. Always friendly and a lovely spot.”
3. Waggon and Horses, Twyford: 4.5*
A beautiful pub located in Twyford High Street, this is another favourite.
It has been rated as 4.5* on Trip Advisor.
One recent review described the pub as “a gem of Twyford”.
It reads: “A gem of Twyford.
“Large beer garden, friendly, local beer and best pizza in ages.
“This is what keeps me visiting on a regular basis.
“If you have not visited would highly recommend.
“Very responsible with there current Covid procedures making it feel a safe venue to visit.”
4. The Earl of Cornwall. Slough: 4.5*
Described on the pub’s Facebook page as “a pub at the heart of the community”, The Earl of Cornwall is another popular choice.
Rated 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor, one visitor said: “We came to this pub as a recommendation of a friend.
“We were not disappointed… apparently this pub was holding a charity fundraiser for Macmillan… Great night!!!
“Felt so secure with the Covid restrictions… the manager was so accommodating…so happy and welcoming.
“We will be back. All staff were SO HELPFUL.”
5. The Three Horse Shoes, Brimpton: 4*
The Three Horseshoes has sat right in the middle of small village Brimpton for over 150 years.
The website says: “The Three Horseshoes is perfectly situated if you fancy a gentle amble across the beautiful Berkshire countryside.”
It’s rated four stars on Trip Advisor.
If you’re after the perfect Sunday roast, one review definitely recommends.
They said: “Amazing Sunday roast, perfectly cooked beef and lamb, crisp roasties and plenty of veg, Yorkshire pud and tasty gravy, a true home cooked roast without the washing up.
“Will definitely be back.”
6. The Bull, Bracknell: 4*
The Bracknell town centre pub serves traditional plates and craft beers in a casual, rustic-chic setting with outdoor seating.
For many locals, it’s a firm favourite.
The pub is also rated four stars on Trip Advisor.
One review reads: “Staff were very tentative & friendly.
“Good food selection, tasted delicious and served quickly.
“We had the burger and the fish – both were cooked perfectly and portion size was spot on.
“The puddings were again perfect portion size and good variety. Atmosphere was warm and relaxed.”
7. Stag and Hounds, Bracknell: 4*
A simple pub with a traditional style, The Stag and Hounds is another Bracknell favourite.
With a relaxing beer garden perfect for summer days, along with a classic menu, it’s easy to see why.
It’s rated four stars in Trip Advisor, and with many glowing reviews, it’s clearly a popular choice.
One reviewer recently ordered food for Valentine’s Day from The Stag and Hounds, and had only good things to say.
They wrote: “Great take away – it was Valentine’s Day so as everywhere was Covid closed decided to get a take away roast.
“I had the pork my wife the chicken, both accompanied with roast potatoes, a vegetable mix and Yorkshire puddings and a pot of gravy.
“For a desert bread and butter pudding with custard.
“The roast was generous and extremely tasty and ready to eat.
“The pudding was for you to warm up yourself again very generous and excellent quality.
“Will definitely use this service again and will try other choices from a decent menu which is sensibly priced for such a quality meal.”
8. The Maiden’s Head, 4*
Located on Maidenhead High Street, The Maiden’s Head serves all the pub classics in a relaxed setting with patio tables and weekend live music (pre lockdown).
The pub is also rated four stars on Trip Advisor, where it is described as “a hidden gem”.
One review reads: “Fantastic little hidden gem.
“We had a one night stay in Maidenhead, and relied on trip advisor for a good place for lunch.
“We could not have chosen better.
“There was myself, my husband and our toddler.
“We were greeted at the door and the one way and ordering system was explained to us.
“We decided to sit in the very large beer garden.
“The staff were all incredibly polite and helpful and all engaged with our 2 year old which was lovely.
“Nothing was too much trouble and they even offered to heat up our toddlers food that we brought with us.
“The food was absolutely delicious and there was a great range of drinks to choose from.
“Would 100% recommend for anybody visiting the area.”
9. The Queen Victoria, Windsor: 4*
Located in Peascot Street, The Queen Victoria is another classic favourite.
It’s also been given a four star rating on Trip Advisor.
One visitor said: “Another dog friendly pub, the food and the atmosphere is excellent.
“The menu gives a wide selection of options to choose from.
“The bar service is superb with a no of different real ales to choose from.”
10. The Prince Harry Pub: 4*
Another Windsor gem, The Prince Harry Pub is located in Market Street.
It’s described as “a long-standing pub in a 1518 building offering traditional fare with pints, spirits and free Wi-Fi.”
It’s rated four stars in Trip Advisor, and has an array of great reviews.
One reviewer said: “We popped in here for lunch after walking to Windsor from Saville Garden and were delighted with the food and the service.
“This is an absolute gem of a pub and we will most definitely be back.”