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The Little Black Book: Eating Out

  • The Old Boot, Stanford Dingley

    Muddy says: A cosy 18th century pub in West Berkshire that has a new lease of life after a stylish refurb. Good pub food, fab garden and a friendly vibe.

  • The Dolphin Pub Newbury Berkshire Teal leather banquette, dark blu walls chalk board and vintage stocking props

    The Dolphin, Newbury

    Muddy says: Shoreditch House meets Miami Beach in Newbury town centre, this pub with stylish mid-century rooms is grown-up, glamorous and fun.

  • The Blackbird Banger 19th century red brick country pub rural west berkshrie

    The Blackbird, Bagnor

    Muddy says: A 17th century inn and foodie destination in the stunning riverside hamlet of Bagnor, run by Tom Aiken's former head chef.

  • The Jolly Woodman Burnham Slough 19th century rd brick country pub with floral baskets and beds

    The Jolly Woodman, Burnham

    Muddy says: Chop chop to this 19th century family friendly pitstop serving cracking pub food with plenty of space for kids (and dogs).

  • red brick and flint double fronted Victorian building of Town centre pub the Newbury Berkshire

    The Newbury Pub, Newbury

    Muddy says: This Muddy Award winner doesn't disappoint, with stylish interiors and foodie credentials – the Michelin inspectors were impressed, and so are we.

  • Dog and Duck Emmbrook exterior from garden fairy lights on pergola

    The Dog & Duck, Emmbrook

    Muddy says: A stylish new refurb of this Wokingham pub takes it into must-try territory for interior nuts and pub grub lovers.

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

    The Bladebone, Chapel Row

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

  • Bar 56 Wokingham white and grey exterior of Georgian pub

    Bar Fifty Six, Wokingham

    Muddy says: There are 56 reasons to love Bar Fifty Six in Wokingham and they start and finish with great wine. No Sade, no snobs, just a cool place to hang out.

  • The Pheasant, Hungerford

    Muddy says: In the middle of National Hunt country, this stylish inn nr Lambourn is an odds on favourite for quality food and boutique bedrooms.

  • The dramatic red private dining room at the Hinds Head Bray

    The Hinds Head, Bray

    Muddy says: Swap poncey for a cool, quirky dining experience that works for all the family. It can only be the HInd's Head in Bray.

  • Bel & The Dragon, Cookham

    Muddy says: A modern rustic reinvention of the traditional inn in pretty Cookham – a super-stylish addition to the village with great food and 5 luxe bedrooms.

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