Dew Drop Inn
“Tucked away down a bridle path” - AA Inspector
There's hardly another building within sight of this Brakspear pub down a bridle path, just as the asphalt turns to grass. Dog-friendly and presumably horse-friendly too, as it must have been when highwayman Dick Turpin allegedly hid his mount in the cellar. Landlord Luke wonders how, given that he can't even stand up in it. The legend explains why the menu lists a Turpin minced beef and pork burger; other options include deep-fried haloumi with sweet chilli sauce; and a special of venison lasagne with tomato and basil bruschetta. The pub cures its own bacon, makes its own sausages and sells eggs from its own chickens.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- 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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