The Crooked Billet
“A picture-book, weatherboarded old pub”
A little tucked away, but once on the right leafy country lane you really can't miss this cute, white-painted little pub, where Brakspear's real ales are accompanied by two monthly guests. Typical dishes include slow-cooked duck leg, mash, spinach and redcurrant gravy; fish stew with pollack, red mullet, prawns, mussels and cockles in brown crab and tomato sauce; pan-roasted calves' liver with bacon, bubble-and-squeak and onion gravy; and mushroom and leek cottage pie, cauliflower cheese mash topping and buttered kale. Winter menus feature local game. Sandwiches and light meals, such as mussels steamed in cider with shallots and smoked bacon, are available at lunchtime. The main menu also applies on Sundays, when, of course, traditional roasts are a big draw. The cheeseboard is good enough to win a prize.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- 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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