“Good ciders and beers at a very old inn”
WALTHAM ST LAWRENCE, BERKSHIRE
This 14th-century free house is renowned for its ciders and an ever-changing range of real ales selected from small independent breweries. The building was given to the community in 1608 and profits from the rent continue to help village charities. Iain and Scott Ganson have built a reputation for good food and everything possible is made on the premises, including all charcuterie and preparation of game. Start with steamed mussels in cider; or lentil soup then continue with bream and split-pea dhal; or the ever-popular Bell bambi burger. Leave room for beer ice cream.
Facilities – at a glance
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
- Wide selection of ciders
- Wide selection of wines by the glass
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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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