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The Highwayman

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Exlade Street, Checkendon RG8 0UA, England
+44 1491 682020
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
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2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an excellent meal and the service was second to none. We were seated at our table as soon as we arrived and immediately were served out drinks. The good was great and the courses came quickly. Can recommend the late for a starter it tasted great. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Terry and janet

Thank Janet S
Wargrave, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Though the location of this pub is nice, first impressions are nothing special. It's a very old building with low ceilings and several adjoining rooms quite simple/plain decor. But the menu is very nice and the staff friendly. It's a French run pub with an interesting menu. Good range and slightly fancy food. My friends had game pie whilst my... More 

Thank Rachel E
Wallingford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food served in good portions, staff all very polite, nice relaxed atmosphere, off street car parking, a lovely place to eat and drink.

Thank Kerry H
Reading, UK
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56 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Expecting great things as a return visit after 5 years and especially as the car park was busy so a popular country pub but the initial excitement was rapidly removed by the lack of any warmth or charm from the maître’d. Had it been anywhere else and I’d not driven 30 minutes to get there I would have walked straight... More 

Thank ChrisBReading_UK
Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 4 March 2017

They were brilliant after being let down by another pub they fitted 6 of us in within half a hour lovely food hot and plenty of it. Staff very observant and regularly asked if everything was okay. Recommend

Thank audi506
Reading, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I hadn't been to The Highwayman for years but my brother and his wife invited my husband and I for lunch. We had the 'set price' menu which proved to be excellent with a varied choice of dishes. The restaurant was busy for Tuesday lunchtime but the staff were friendly and efficient. We will definitely be returning.

Thank schatzo
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

I love this place! The food is mouth watering, it is amazing!! Staff are fantastic! They are always happy to help. It is child friendly and dog friendly. Definitely check it out!

Thank Fionas370
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Took my wife here for date night ! Brilliant. Staff must be French or something. A bit classy without being up themselves. Friendly. She had the fish pie which I wanted so that meant I had to have something else ! So I went for the steak and kidley pie and it was brill. Big boy chips too and al... More 

Thank LondonUKTraveller007
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The Highwayman at Checkendon has become a great favourite for family lunches, with very helpful staff and generous catering for children. Pies are particularly good, although they have no lids; but are baked in deliciously thin short-crust pastry bases. Confit of duck and shoulder of mutton are also memorable and ordered repeatedly. Desserts are plain but delicious, and generous enough... More 

Thank Peter F
Harwell, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2017

The food was good, the service was nice and friendly, they just need to make sure it is warm in the pub/restaurant.

Thank Derek W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Exlade Street, Checkendon RG8 0UA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Checkendon
  • Phone Number: +44 1491 682020
The Highwayman Inn is located in a beautiful hamlet near Checkendon, on the Berkshire, Oxfordshire border, only an hour from London and 20 minutes from Reading and Henley on Thames. The pub dates back to the 16th century and still retains some of its original characteristics.Our aim is to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in comfortable surroundings in which to enjoy our award winning food. We are committed to using local suppliers and produce with above all an eye for quality.If things go wrong or are not to your taste then please talk to us. We are genuine people that work really hard and care about what we do. We are always happy to listen to comments that will help us to improve our business and product. We want you to have an experience that is what you wanted and expected. It is disappointing enough to know that we have not given the best of ourselves but to read it later on the internet when it could have been dealt with at the time is frustrating and upsetting.Whether in my establishment or any other talk to the staff treat them with respect and they will work that much harder for you.

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