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11 fab lunch spots for Father’s Day

Taxi service, sports coach, cash machine… dad's rock. Don't slave away in the kitchen, show the men in your life some thanks with a slap up Sunday lunch.

The Newbury, Newbury

Cool artwork of the queen, wall mounted antlers and leather Chesterfield sofas at the Newbury Pub Berkshire

Muddy Awards 2018 winner for Best Destination Pub. Nuff said. Oh, all right then I’ll tell you more. The Newbury is a cool, buzzy gastropub in the centre of Newbury. Enjoy owner Peter Lumber’s awesome art collection, quality food and a drinks menu so good you may never leave. Settle in for a monumental sesh or enjoy a fab food experience with the family.


Dog & Duck, Emmbrook

Hanging terrarium Dog and duck emmbrook stylish pub bekrshire

Sporting a cool new decor and looking fine, The Dog & Duck Emmbrook can be found on the outskirts of Wokingham, serving fantastic pub grub. They’re offering a special two or three course Father’s Day menu with a free gift for dad (2 x Brakspear ales and pint glass). Does it get any better than that? No cooking or washing up and a gift in one.


The Little Angel, Henley On Thames

Large dining room Little Angel Pub Henley Berkshire

A favourite with the rowers, The Little Angel is a relaxed gastropub serving great food that welcomes kids, dogs and dads with open arms. A special Father’s Day menu is available offering two courses for £23.85 and three courses for £28.95. Take a leisurely stroll along the Thames, ogle the hotties in Lycra or mooch around Henley. Ticks all the boxes.

The Crown at Bray

The Crown at Bray garden Heston Blumenthal pub Bray Berkshire

Heston’s now so famous he only needs one name, but you can never accuse the man of abandoning his passion for great tasting food. His super-relaxed , down-to-earth pub The Crown has a lush garden and will be serving steak, burgers and sticky toffee all in Dad’s honour. Open 12pm-6pm. Book to avoid disappointment folks! 01628 621936.


The Bladebone, Chapel Row

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

Lovely country pub with a nice big garden. They have a great menu with loads of pub classics and a cracking Sunday roast, in a pretty location. If the sun is shining grab a spot al fresco and spend hours relaxing and sinking a few jars. Perfect Father’s Day vibes. If you work up a bit of an appetite, there are plenty of woodland walks or pop down to Bucklebury Farm Park and make a day of it. Open on Sunday from 12pm-6pm.


The Taproom, Yattendon

woodener benches and church pew chairs Taproom West Berkshire Brewery Yattendon Berkshire

Beer, posh burgers and more beer. The West Berkshire Brewery Taproom and Kitchen is a brilliant spot to relax and enjoy a laid-back meal that will not have the kids turning their nose up at the menu. Stress free dining and you can top up the love for Dad with a gift box of craft ales to take home (if he hasn’t sampled too many of the goods already. *Hic).


Bel & The Dragon, Cookham, Reading and Windsor

Great pub, great food and a gorgeous garden and there’s a free Bloody Mary for dads. You had me at great. The Bel & The Dragon caters for the whole famalam. Kids menu, light bites from the garden menu or bring out the big guns and go al la carte – the man in your life will be in food heaven.


Thames Lido, Reading

Thames Lido Reading Mid century decor of tapa restaurant looking onto the outdoor pool exposed brick walls and cottage safety ring on wall

The new kid on the block, but if you want to try something a bit different, Thames Lido in Reading is worth a visit. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the food is very family friendly with lots of tapas style sharing plates. The beer list is extensive, so dads will be happy. The wine list is also exceptional, so you’ll be happy. And the cool interiors and outdoor pool will keep the kids (and grown ups)  happy.


Old Boot, Stanford Dingley

Old Boot Stanford Dingley large garden play area, tables and parasols with countryside view

The Old Boot is one of those traditional country pubs that really shines in the summer. The large garden is brilliant for letting the kids of the leash for a couple hours while you sink a few glass of something cold. They also serve a fab Sunday roast Want to work up an appetite, there are some lovely circular woodland walks nearby so you can justify a massive blowout.


The Pheasant, Lambourn

The Pheasant Inn Lambourn Hungerford Berkshire boutique hotel and great pub for food

In the heart of National Hunt country there are plenty of walks across the North Wessex Downs. So a great opportunity to work up an appetite before you gallop to  The Pheasant for a quality nose bag of pub grub. A characterful country pub, with quirky touches and a fantastic rep for unfussy British food. Eat, drink and stagger to bed if you fancy an overnighter.


The Rowbarge, Woolhampton

Watch the world go by and your kids do cartwheels at The Rowbarge in Woolhampton. If it’s all about location, location, location, this pub has it all. West Berkshire village spot, right on the river, narrowboats drifting by and it serves great pub fayre (plus 93 gins #justsaying). The garden is big, so loads of space for your mini beasts to blow of steam while you enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sunshine. Forgotten a pressie? You can grab a Real Ale Club Beer Card for £25 and Dad can enjoy 7 pints in peace.

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