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Came here with a couple of mates to have a few beers whilst playing cards. The beer was well kept and prices were certainly good - 3 pints for under a tenner. Seemed popular with eaters. No regrets about coming here. Would visit again.
d.franks - 1 May 2017 23:23
Very sad. The new management seem to have turned this once lovely pub into a crèche with a licence to sell alcohol. The place was full of uncontrolled shrieking toddlers.
miceman - 12 Nov 2016 11:50
If you like children doing headstands in the restaurant whilst their parents look on then this is the pub for you.
miceman - 23 Jun 2016 19:06
Great staff - friendly and welcoming - Streatlet best £3 and tasty/well kept - food tho...hmm pretty bland - the gravy with bangers and mash was deffo bisto. Look chef, cook the sausages in a pan - fry some onions in the residual oil - add stock or marmite with water - thicken with flour - season...dead easy.
kernott1 - 9 Apr 2015 18:28
Shocking staff and customer service this dinner time. It was as though the staff couldn't cope and the pub wasn't even busy. We ordered food and drink and asked for ketchup which took ages to appear. The food was good,but the service was appalling and staff were out of their depth. We ordered coffee and had to remind the bar staff 20 minutes later that we had ordered this. other people seemed to be having issues with the service too. Not good enough
rossroad1 - 24 Jun 2014 20:12
Monday is steak night, all half price if two of you order the same steak.
The steak is fantastic. one of the best I have recently eaten.
Drinkable wine at 9.95 a bottle. Same wine in my local 22.00 a bottle.
My %th visit and will definately not be my last
oer - 3 Oct 2012 15:55
A pleasant enough option and caps lovely walks from all directions, be your originating point at Goring & Streatley station or from atop the Ridgeway. Rat run traffic does spoil the approach somewhat but we were greeted in friendly fashion and the ale range was exemplary - slightly making up for the weirdly beige upholstery.
BoehmBawerk - 13 Sep 2012 13:39
I agree with Ridgeway Rambler - decent refurbishment (great effort outside - hopefully some decent weather will see this area come into its own) and better value food than under previous management, but quality of meals still a bit and miss due to them not being fresh. Also they are a bit over-eager to rush people to their table, which doesn't really make for the relaxing experience a trip to your local pub should be. But all-in-all a good start.
paulf - 11 Jun 2012 14:06
Traditional old hotel in good location on Ridgeway and in centre of Streatley. Pleasant interior, nice garden, friendly enough staff. Like most pubs in the area, it's Marston's, but here they serve all the cask beers via sparklers which may be OK for some beers but not for Brakspear's which is a southern beer not designed to have the flavour removed in this way. (If I'd noticed in time I'd have asked for the sparkler to be removed - in some Marston's places they refuse because it's "company policy" to use a sparkler - sod the customer's wishes. I don't know what they'd have said in the Bull.)

In short, not bad, but there are better places in Goring less than a mile away, not to mention up the hill in Aldworth.
newbury_drinker - 28 May 2012 15:15
A good refurbishment: cleaned and improved without being spoiled. Morlands, but decent enough beer - Oxford Gold and Mansfield ale - but only a reheat kitchen. Within five days of opening they'd run out of beef and ale pie, with no delivery for days (in some pubs they make their own pies) and the excellent batter of their fish and chips concealed small fragments of fish. Service will improve if they train the staff and install a second till but it's the only pub in Streatley and it needs a cook.
Ridgeway.Rambler - 7 May 2012 14:37
Seems that it is being refurbished by new owners. Let's hope for the best.
paulf - 12 Apr 2012 08:36
I understand this pub is closing due to the landlord/lady moving away. This pub has bags of potential for somebody willing to put the work in. Located on a junction, in a village where the Ridgeway and Thames Paths cross, meaning loads of walkers passing. Overnight accommodation and a reasonably decent-sized restaurant. The village is reasonably affluent, so a good value, good quality simple (not gastro!) menu would mean plenty of locals eating there on a regular basis. It needs a bit of redecorating, but is a lovely looking pub otherwise, with an open fire for the winter, and a nice beer garden for the summer. Somebody must be able to make a success of it.
paulf - 20 Mar 2012 11:17
Above average pub with decent beer and tolerable pub-grub. Our visit was enjoyable in spite of the supercilious attitude and rudeness of the young barman.
miceman - 14 Jan 2012 21:46
They've done it up a bit so I went back. Nice pub, Ringwood bitter is okay; nice fire, unimaginative, substantial, reheat food served by substantial young people. As we left at 1:50pm on a wet Sunday, four hungry walkers arrived off the Ridgeway to be told the kitchen was closed. They hadn't missed much. Innkeeping needs innkeepers (try the excellently-run John Barleycorn across the causeway in Goring).


Ridgeway.Rambler - 1 Nov 2010 05:55
No, I think the cook and the cellarman must have both quit, or maybe they've run off together. It could be a cracking pub and a goldmine but right now it's just sad.
Ridgeway.Rambler - 16 May 2009 18:26
Nice old pub but a poor selection of beers and a sub-mediocre meal leave me wondering what they do care about. Maybe the cook or the cellarman was having a day off.
jathomson - 10 Dec 2008 08:40
Great, friendly local with very friendly landlady. A shame they replaced a very good Theakston's with IPA but otherwise faultless. Open fire is very welcoming but watch your head on the (padded) beam near the bar.
paulf - 28 Nov 2008 14:10
A lot nicer on the outside than inside, which, as noted below, is all ciggy-stained yellow and feels a bit grubby.

Two ales on, GK IPA and Brakspears - nothing special, quality variable.

Found the staff (landlady?) a bit rude, the first time we approached the place to get a beer one afternoon we were told very curtly that they were closed before we'd even got near the door. Politeness costs nothing you know!

Wouldn't really recommend stopping for.
Quinno - 8 Oct 2008 23:14
I visited this pub in July, nicest pub in terms of decor out of both towns - therefore I'd rather be holed up here in the Winter rather than the Summer. The beer selection was a bit limited though, just a couple of Greene Kings but they were quite drinkable.
Booze_Allen - 20 Sep 2008 14:32
Nice pub, Greene King beers so nothing of interest to a beer snob like me, they changed one of the beers because it was a bit cloudy (we didn't have to prompt them to do this), Good ambiance.
Abteilung - 27 Jul 2008 13:23
Cracking pub at the bottom of Streatley Hill. Nice garden, decent food and beer at a resaonable price, magic open fireplaces. Its very old with a interesting history; someone famous was hung from the tree in the garden a couple of centuries ago or something . Worth a look.

Goring and Streatley is a great place for a wander with a double bridge between the two villages at the only place where the Thames splits in two. There are walks up and around Streatley hill, and if you're a cyclist its about the most challenging hill climb in 50 miles. 16% at the top, averaging 12% for its whole 1km length. Absolute killer.

angryinvienna - 15 Aug 2007 11:52
great little pub on my outing through this area, nice garden and a bit of wit working here always makes it worth another pint.
Pintpotpete - 18 Aug 2006 00:30
Absolutly beautiful pub from the outside in a beautiful location. The inside could do with some love (not too sure whether the yellow walls and cealing are from cigy smoke?). Food is not amazing (standard thick chips, frozen scampi type fayre). Chefs could do with visiting other local pubs to see what the competition are doing. Not though too expensive (Sunday Roast c.8). Beer - Breaksprears and Theakstons (that's it!) no guest beers. Only major complaint being the management are quite frosty. Not even a "merry christmas" on Christmas Eve.
anonymous - 12 Jan 2006 12:57
Just changed breweries so now has a complete new range of beer. Main beer appears to be Brakspears, and John Smith's has replaced Tetley. Gave out free Cava on NYE - nice touch! And the fire's are very nice.
pete - 5 Jan 2004 09:33
Lovely boozer in a lovely village on the thames. Very good food, but only do Bass (and that abomination called Tetley smoothflow...) which is a shame. But it's the kinda pub you can just sit and chill and relax. And it won Open fireplace pub of the year a couple of years back (!)
Pete - 29 Aug 2003 10:07

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