The Royal Oak Paley Street
“Highly acclaimed Fuller's foodie pub” - AA Inspector
PALEY STREET, BERKSHIRE
From the outside you see a simple, white-painted, cottagey roadside pub, but perhaps an inner voice tells you not to pass by. Once inside, when you've taken in its time-honoured decor and furnishings, enhanced by contemporary artwork, you realise it was a good decision. Further reasons are the food, typical dishes being beetroot, blue cheese royale with savoury granola and red chicory; Cornish monkfish with red pepper purée, tempura mussels and chargrilled broccoli; and Crown Estate venison with braised shoulder, aubergine and blackberries. And there's a modern garden featuring large planters, white pebbles and a contemporary waterfall. Your host here, by the way, is Nick Parkinson, son of Sir Michael.
- 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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