Bird In Hand Country Inn
“Friendly country pub” - AA Inspector
KNOWL HILL, BERKSHIRE
Acquired and refurbished by Wadworth, the lovely old brick and beamed Bird in Hand dates back to the 14th century, and has its share of history; apparently George III was one past visitor. There’s a sunny terrace for outdoor dining. Obviously Wadworth supply the ales, but the food is all home-made. Nibble on some Thai chilli nuts while you’re waiting, and then start with ham hock terrine with pickled vegetables, or venison and Armagnac pâté with crostini; before wild mushroom linguine, smoked trout and beetroot salad with horseradish crème fraîche, or Thai green chicken and coconut curry. If you've room, there's plum frangipane tart or seasonal fruit crumble for afters.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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About The area
Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.
Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.
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