The Thatched Tavern
“Modern grub in a historic pub” - AA Inspector
En route to Windsor Castle, Queen Victoria’s carriage was allegedly sometimes spotted outside this 400-year-old, flagstone-floored, low-ceilinged pub, while what the history books call ‘her faithful servant’ John Brown knocked a few back inside. The sheltered garden makes a fine spot to enjoy a Fuller’s real ale, a glass of wine and, for lunch, perhaps Cumberland sausage sandwich or salt and pepper squid oriental salad. For something more substantial try Cornish crab linguine, then butternut squash, pine nut and ricotta Wellington with a heritage tomato salad.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £14
- 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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