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Lovely location but what a disappointment this was. Visited there today in glorious sunshine. Looking forward to lunch and some real ale. Three pumps, two turned round and only, Doom Bar on, which is fine. However when I went to order it I was told it wasn't ready yet and they couldn't guarantee when it would be ready!
Had to wait ages for food and then they stopped taking food orders because of the demand, I cancelled my food order after waiting 20 minutes for it I was told I would have to wait at least another 20 minutes, I only ordered a sandwich!! What a shame, never again.
Fulhampete - 23 Mar 2012 20:39
An undeniably pleasant location but the Summer price hike - paid 7.40 for 2 pints of Wadworth 6X - is disgraceful.Have to go back in the Autumn/Winter and if their prices have been lowered,the management will be having to answer some questions !
keithc - 31 Aug 2011 16:55
An undeniably wondrous location that I took in on a long walk from Windsor to Marlow, a route peppered with mansions, Egyptian ducks and serenity. The pleasant wooden terrace overlooks the river and the food is generally of a decent quality.

The only problem is that I have been to the same pub about 5 times now - in Warwick, Golders Green, Wolvercote and elsewhere- because this is what I call a "chain by stealth" - no explicit labelling like a Wetherspoon's or a Hogshead (remember them? No? You didn't miss much). It's a welcoming enough place but the light pine and light jazz feel deployed indoors grates and the continuing construction of an identikit United Kingdom is epitomised therein.
BoehmBawerk - 27 Jul 2011 08:29
A lovely pub,with a beautiful outside patio area,overlooking the river,very pleasant on a sunny afternoon! delicious menu with lots of choice,but some meals,including salads are a bit over-priced for what you get - 12 for a goats cheese salad with just sugar snap peas and radish !
nlithgow - 16 Jul 2011 21:12
No issues with this place, but only used it work lunchtimes ...
The decking down to the river, lovely, watching the ducks on sunny afternoons.
Even lunchtime food was silly overpriced, but it was OK for a lunch menu ... some Belgian beers too ...
There are more trad pubs in Cookham which do real ale, this is not one of them, you pay for the stylish renovation, "sophistication ?" and river aspect.
I'd have thought if you were doing dinner in Cookham this would be the last place you would choose, though it might just be amongst the cheapest !
Likewise if you were looking for a few beers in the evening ... not the place ... "horses for courses ?".
- Laura
lauraeva - 13 Aug 2010 00:57
Lovely location for a pub and good potential with the right management. bar staff very slow, and they focus more on diners and those popping in just for a drink tend to get treated as though they're more of a nuisance.

Also stopped serving Rebellion, which is a shame. There are better pubs in Cookham
Statto - 27 Jul 2010 19:56
Nice location, but the Bar Staff appear to have only one speed - backwards!! One I recognise from his time at the Royal Saracen's Head, Beaconsfield a few years back - he still hasn't improved either!!
bitterboy1970 - 14 Jul 2010 19:02
I agree with the previous review,lovely location by river but was spoilt by unprofessional staff and food was below standard. Did eat here about 12-14 months ago and I think it's gone downhill since then.Luckily there are a lot of better pubs/restaurants in Cookham high street and Cookham Dean.
odysseus - 26 Mar 2009 11:28
Lovely location by river. Was spoilt by rude and unprofessional staff. One of our party advised our waiter that his fish was cold, the waiter said he would stick it in the microwave to warm through! We complained only to be told they were very busy (it was hardly packed) and mistakes happen. Food definately not up to scratch and staff need training or replacement. Will stick to the nicer pubs in Cookham village.
garbus - 8 Feb 2009 12:56
Lovely location, good beer and food. Rather irritating loud (look at me I'm important) types incapable of talking quietly into their mobile phones, rather spoilt the ambience. I politely requested one to lower the volume of his voice as the whole place could hear him, he blanked me until I stood up and walked over, and then he apologised (I'm 6' 4") amist loud clapping from everyone else in the bar. All together a very pleasant pub and eating place.
Myskolive - 17 Nov 2008 18:52
Warm summer Wed evening, so we popped in for a couple of pints on the decking by the the river. Delightful.
Timmy Taylors and Rebellion IPA, also delightful.
Plenty of crumpet to look at too, even more delightful.
Mix of clientele.. boaters and locals, but a bit full of the Cookham 'Oorays who seem to have adopted the place owing,no doubt, to it's up-market styling, Not so delightful..!
Pleasant, nevertheless.

Glenco - 2 Aug 2008 14:49
I think the service is better midweek. I took my parents on a Tuesday evening and the food was pretty good. Crispy duck salad for main was delicious, but the chilli squid starter was slightly over-cooked, but very tasty, enough for two to share.

On a downside, the menu hasn't hardly changed since it first opened, so a little variety would be well received.

Nothing truly outstanding here but have to agree, a huge improvement to ye olde Harvester.
loulou247 - 17 Aug 2006 14:21
Sorry, don't agree at all... Went there for a meal on a Saturday night... you can't park in Cookham ofr love nor money, the place was heaving, nowhere to sit and have a drink before our meal, service was slow, starter had to be returned for being cold, main went back too. Rare is not the same as raw!!

The menu is ok, but its typical of the new breed of overpriced, glossy gastropubs that are more style over substance.

Pretty disappointed all round really, but at least its no longer a Harvester!!
timhall - 19 Jun 2006 12:44
Totally agree with the review below.
It was tired and worn out as a Harvester. But I have been back a couple of times recently after the referb. The beer has been good and great to sit outside on the decking and watch the Thames go by when it is warm enough.
Gann - 14 Jan 2006 22:27
Refurbished from a Harvester. Decor is very nice, the food menu is much better, good pizza's and steaks. Great for a drink outside by the river in the sunshine!
A definite recommendation.
sarabarber - 22 Aug 2005 16:12

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