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The Bladebone, Chapel Row

Muddy says: The Muddy Award winner for Best Destination Pub 2017 doesn’t disappoint, with stylish interiors and seriously good pub grub.

Bladbone Inn Bucklebury red brick Victorian pub with gold whale bone hanging over door

Bored of the formulaic fakery of the average pub makeover? Rest assured, The Bladebone Inn in the West Berkshire village of Chapel Row, has the stamp of individuality. Having taken over the pub in 2016, chef owner, Richie Sanderson and his wife Charlotte have worked blinking hard to create a homely vibe with a solid rep for great food. Mission accomplished. The armful of awards, including Muddy’s Best Destination Pub 2017 speak volumes.

There’s a laid-back buzz behind the facade of this a traditional-looking village pub, deftly accommodating everyone from real-ale drinkers, to bar snackers to three-course diners.The food is presented with more of a flourish than your average pub meal – Richie also runs an events company, RS Catering & Events so is well practised in stylish catering for the masses – and his food is excellent.

It would have been easy for the management to rest on their laurels – and generally lack imagination. Instead, whoop whoop, there’s a wide-ranging menu that changes with the seasons, incorporating all the pub classics with pow. Fish and Chips with truffled mushy peas, the Mammoth Bladebone burger made to your spec and a number of delicious ‘Signature’ dishes.


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