The new Finchampstead pub with its own village store that is well worth a visit

A new pub in Finchampstead has reopened after the lockdown and the owners have big plans to bring it back to its best.

SurreyLive reported The Greyhound is a stylish gastropub that is offering food and atmosphere by putting the community and local suppliers at its heart.

It specialises in British seasonal produce and even has its own traditional village store.

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The shop is called Goswell and Bird’s and which sells things like fresh coffee and essentials.

The former owners closed the pub during the lockdown of 2020, but now it has been taken over by Brucan Pubs.

The pub company was found by x-ETM ops director James Lyon-Shaw and ex-The Club at The Ivy head chef Jamie Dobbin.

The pair also operate The Green Oak in Windsor and The Drumming Snipe in Woking.

Visitors to the new pub can expect seasonal dishes with plenty of British game, meat and fish on the menu.

Jamie told SurreyLive he is passionate about serving ingredients sourced from the UK, such as his half-dozen Porthilly rock oysters with shallot dressing, Brixham king scallops with burnt butter cauliflower and caviar and Portland hogget shepherd’s pie with grilled cutlet.

Carnivores can also find a 45-day aged native and rare breed steak as well as a hero dish of beef wellington for two.

Despite its location in Wokingham Borough, the fish comes from day boats on the south coast, with the daily catch delivered straight to the door within a few hours.

There is also an extensive bar menu, and Sunday roasts are also a big feature.

There is an extensive bar menu too, and as always, Sunday roasts are a big fixture on the menu every week.

The garden now features private huts where visitors can enjoy alfresco dining.

What you can expect?

The food at The Greyhound
The food at The Greyhound
(Image: Laura Nightingale)

SurreyLive’s Laura Nightingale said: “A visit to The Greyhound left us impressed with both the food and the setting.

“There was plenty of parking when we visited on a weekday evening and the garden was pristine.

“Inside the restaurant was a magnificent roof window with natural light flooding in and the décor was sleek and jazzy.

“The staff were super excited and passionate to be working in the new pub and their energy was infectious.

“They were happy to tweak dishes to suit dietary needs and were efficient and welcoming in every way.”

She added ‘detailed attention’ was paid to every plate and the presentation was ‘fabulous’.

Laura tried the “extra plump and fragrant” scallops were served in their shells and said a “lot of imagination” had gone into vegan dishes like the salt-baked swede (£13.50), which came with pickled celery and walnut salad, cracked wheat and a rosemary dressing.

She said the food was “exciting, unique and you’d want to go back again to try more of the dishes, we certainly do.”

Address: The Greyhound, Longwater Road, Finchampstead, RG40 3TS.

Parking: Free car park on site.

Telephone: 01182 161 334

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