The Green Man is a homely half-timbered cottage pub situated close to the village cricket pitch. Older parts of the building predate its first licence granted in 1602; thick beams were recycled from Tudor warships and offer a memorable interior in this appealing rustic retreat. Brakspear Brewery bitter and seasonal ales continue to keep drinkers happy. Diners can anticipate a seasonally adjusted, solidly British menu with mains like grilled salmon with wild rice risotto; venison Wellington, black cabbage with port and blackcurrant gravy; or potato rösti with broccoli, roasted salsify and crisp duck egg. Sandwiches, jacket potatoes, and lighter meals are also available. There's a tree-shaded beer garden with serene country views.
- 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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