Three Berkshire pubs have made a prestigious list of the top 50 gastropubs in the country.
The selection was made as part of The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards where top food writers, chefs and pub guide editors, amongst others, vote for their favourites.
People who run gastropubs are also eligible to vote – though can’t vote for their own establishment.
The voters are spread across the UK and the country is split into six geographical regions which all have the same number of votes.
As the pubs start to reopen on April 12 it might be worth checking out when these reopen and booking yourself a table as the food looks mouth-wateringly delicious – we all deserve a treat after so many months in lockdown!
Read on for the pubs in Berkshire that made the list.
Head chef and owner Dominic Chapman is known for creating simple yet elegant three-course dinners and has even appeared on BBC Two’s Great British Menu.
His gastropub The Beehive is number eleven on the list and is opposite White Waltham’s cricket field which is just a short drive from Maidenhead.
On his menus, produce from across the UK, whether that’s its uplands, meadows, hedgerows, seas or rivers, takes centre stage.
Stand-out dishes have included a wild mushroom, blue cheese and onion and thyme tart with radicchio and frisée salad; peppered haunch of wild hart venison with created spinach, celeriac puree and sauce poivrade; and caramelised pear tart with vanilla ice cream.
It’s not just the food that’s fantastic, the wine list and selection of beers, including cask ales from Windsor & Eton Brewery and Loddon Brewery, are also worth making the trip for.
As is the picturesque garden, which is perfect as temperatures begin to rise ahead of the summer months.
How to book: The Beehive will reopen on April 12 and you can book a table by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you’re partial to French cooking then The Crown, which ranked at number 17, should definitely be on your list this year.
Simon Bonwick’s pub, the Crown, at Burchetts Green is captivating diners with its ‘French bourgeoisie’ dishes – think stuffed goose neck with sherry-dressed lentils; pie and mash with parsley liquor; and pressed feta with a barbecue root sandwich and fries.
There is a small bar at the Crown however it’s the two dining rooms which are attracting guests.
As a result of the delicious cooking, the gastropub has a Michelin star and has featured on this list four times.
There is even some interesting history to the pub as it is said to be haunted by a small man with a beard and a pony who likes to potter about in the cellars.
Though that shouldn’t stop you going – he’s never been unfriendly to the customers!
How to book: The Crown will be reopening on May 1 and you can call 01628824079 to book a table.
The Pheasant Inn
While The Pheasant Inn has been newly refurbished it has a history stretching back 450 years when it used to provide beds for drovers herding livestock from Wales to London.
Now it prides itself on a more up-market experience with level en-suite rooms, modern British cooking and an “adventurous” drinks menu.
The Hungerford pub, which is number 38 on the list, serves affordable food which celebrates the best ingredients from around the country.
This means that it delivers a vibrant range of seasonal daily specials including top-quality meat, fish and artisan products.
The drinks menu even includes their own beer called the Pheasant Ale.
How to book: The Pheasant Inn will be reopening at noon on May 17, you can book a table on their website .