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Picturesque village pub with 3 real ales - London Pride, Tim Taylor Blonde and the inevitable Doom Bar. My Tim Taylor wasn't too bad - perhaps a little lifeless. Food is reputed to be reasonable. I'll try and return soon. Lovely to sit outside on a Summer's evening.
Number11 - 7 Jul 2015 19:48
Lovely pub, great food, decent ales. Very out the way to go to just for a drink, but it's worth a visit.
Will95 - 6 Jul 2015 21:10
Lovely old pub, even lovelier if you are under five foot. Beware the beams. Very welcoming staff behind the bar, good range of real ales on offer. A plentiful enough menu but we opted for the special.
Finding a heavy old, but comfortable table, we awaited our spinach and cheese fish cakes. Upon arrival they looked lovely. However, as soon as I cut in, I found it to be full of peppers which neither my college or I can eat. The staff were very apologetic and took the food away without murmur and offered us a different fishcake. These arrived soon enough, but were a bit lack lustre. Shame. But for peppers, or a better description on the menu, it would have been an enjoyable visit.
gimmebeer - 7 Jun 2014 11:08
The Pineapple doesn't look very prepossessing from the outside, but once inside, it's pretty charming: the ceiling varies from low to exceedingly low, there are rustic tables and chairs, and it doesn't look too posh to welcome bedraggled walkers. A friendly and efficient service at the bar (despite our complicated approach to ordering), with a Stowford draught cider to compensate for the Strongbow draught. The bank holiday lunch menu was promisingly short (as a rule of thumb, we think the shorter the menu, the more likely it is to be fresh and home made), and the food fulfilled the promise: two absolutely first class beef and ale pies with veg, undoubtedly home made, with excellent quality beef which the landlord was clearly proud of. Nothing left behind! We also tried the chocolate and orange mousse, which came with raspberry and blueberry topping, served in a homely tea cup, which was equally exquisite. Generously sized coffees too. Main course about 11, puddings about 5, which given the quality was very acceptable.
Marlowe - 2 Jan 2012 18:07
On an 8.8 mile round trip from Midgham station, the Ramble Then Lunch pitched up at The Pineapple for lunch.

A typical low beamed and low ceiling-ed country pub aiming at the food as well as beer market. For a lunchtime the pub was pretty busy with smartly dressed people so they are doing something right.

Beer was a fairly standard array of Flowers Original, Landlord and London Pride. With two unused pumps something a little more local could have been provided, eg West Berkshire at Thatcham. Beer was also pretty cold - this may be the cellar temperature but a little more heat would be welcome.

The food was very good. I had an top notch Steak and Kidney Pudding - almost as good as those served in the Red Lion at Fernhurst. The rest of the team all enjoyed their food too.

The furniture in this pub is pretty spectacular - huge chairs and tables carved with a chainsaw out of whole trees !

Watch out for the low beam on the way to the gents. To a man we hit our head on it.

The Pineapple made a fine lunchtime stop. Warm up the beer a bit and it would be even better
ramblethenlunch - 24 Oct 2011 12:46
What a difference the new landlord has made. Fantastic service from hardworking barstaff, nothing too much trouble. Good atmosphere, especially weekday lunchtimes when it can get very busy. Beers are well kept, but limited choice and nothing from any local micro breweries. Even though the pub looks like it is given over to food there is still room for those who just whish to have a drink. I keep returning to the pub so much so that I am begining to be treated as a local, cheers!
arferjob - 11 Sep 2010 09:26
Great to see this place re-opened. Lovely old building with low ceilings and interesting layout. Good range of beers, but the menu was a little limited on my last visit during April (and then the only meal I wanted was unavailable!). 7/10
TazzyBoy - 18 May 2010 13:12
Recently closed - rent was excessive
upsidedown - 4 Jan 2010 16:13
Loved this pub! Visited the Pineapple on a Sunday lunchtime with my wife as part of a walk we were doing in the area. The interior is excellent - very old world, with low ceilings and wooden beams. The furniture is unique as it is hand crafted from solid chunks of wood (difficult to explain but it is very nice).

Although Sunday roast was on offer (which looked very nice when brought out for someone else) we opted for something lighter, a goats cheese salad and a roast pork and stuffing sandwich. Both were excellent.

Staff were friendly and professional. It is quite pricey, although worth it in my opinion. Very pleased to have found this place, will definitely return!

twentysomething - 13 Sep 2009 21:26
Just been there for Father's day lunch. The Timothy Taylors Landlord was superb, and the food was excellant. I had a sirloin steak (very good) and my daughter had a homemade burger (delicious). The chef was recently appointed, so take advantage of it!
jazper - 21 Jun 2009 15:04
beer overpriced and of only passable quality
CaptainDave - 3 Jun 2009 15:02
This pub has a really nice atmosphere, with excellent service at the bar, and since the smoking ban, you can even breathe without an oxygen mask. The beer is wonderful, specially the Tim Taylor's Landlord, but at over 3 a pint its even leaving diesel behind in the price stakes. I haven't tried the food, but it always looks yummy when served up at the tables. Talking of the tables, isn't it time that the Elm hewn furniture was retired? The seats give you a severe numb bum, and all glasses need several wedges under them to maintain equilibrium. Luckily on my last visit there was no music in evidence, hopefully the Van Morrison and Bob Dillon tapes have finally disintegrated after being looped continually for what seems like millenia.
Moz - 4 Aug 2008 00:50
Bad beer, slow service and overpriced.
beer_guzzler - 20 May 2008 14:05
Called in at lunchtime last week for a pint and a baguette. Both were good. The licensee could not have been more helpful.
Coveselfemployedbloke60 - 31 Mar 2008 18:45
Beer is good but very limited in choice and the food is average in quality. Can't stand the arrogant fat bloke behind the bar, but apart from that its a good pub for a drink after work with collegues.
arferjob - 15 Dec 2007 01:56
Overpriced beer VERY EXPENSIVE!!!!
raymocon - 10 Dec 2007 17:06
I have got to say, on the strengh of some fairly pedestrian and overpriced lunchtime menus I had avoided this pub for Sunday Roasts. However, on arrival last week (early July 07) myself and four guests were served roast dinner of impeccable quality. 4 Lamb and 1 Beef roasts were served up with home made (crispy)potatoes, home made Yorkshire Pudding, roasted mediterranean vegetables, and lovely tasting and textured gravy. Also you could just about manage the amount of very nice meat. Washed downwith an expensive but excellent Riojca, an excellent lunch priced at I think 7.95 for the roast, well done all!
sharp_glass - 17 Jul 2007 13:54
The beer is really well kept, and is the best pint of Pride around - but, and its a big but - it used to be our local for a nice little meal, but we've been disappointed on 3 consecutive visits, so have stopped eating there. I think it has changed hands a couple of times in the last 2 years - but appears to remain busy. Just a little too expensive to risk a 4th disappointment. When it was good - I'd would have given it 8.
danmale - 24 Apr 2007 15:57
Interesting old pub with lots of character and friendly atmosphere. Food looks very nice, although I haven't tried it yet, and the beer is well kept.
Jude_The_Obscure - 24 Aug 2006 15:51
Great food. A good atmosphere, low ceiling and strange furniture. One of our favourites.
crotonate - 22 Aug 2006 11:29
Another great night at the Pineapple, food was excellent and a great selection of Real Ales. This is fast becoming my local.

Staff are friendly and the pub itself is worth a view simply for the atmosphere.
bigstan1 - 15 Mar 2006 06:10
Worth a visit as new manager is young and enthusiastic, keen to improve. Food is of an excellent standard. Weekend are buzzing however mid week is pleasently busy. It has a vast selection of well kept real cask ales, such as Abbott, Fullers incl. Pride plus Flowers. Historical location, mentioned in the Domeday book. Unique decor in itself is worth a look solely for those who appriciate design alone..........have fun!!!!!
bigstan1 - 14 Mar 2006 18:46
The food is the best ive had in a long time, even better than some restaurants!! Nice selction of drinks too. Will def go back
siancollins - 3 Jan 2006 15:24
A good local character pub well worth a visit as it serves excellent food with an equally good range of beers. - 30 Jul 2005 10:24
wonderful little find with excellent food and friendly helpful hosts - highly recommended!
Linda B - 3 Aug 2004 16:29
Lovely pub. Stunning furniture ( big bench out of one piece of wood etc) Incredibly friendly and helpful staff above and beyond the call... good beer apparently by the real ale friends (I can't drink it any more - sob sob) and fantastic cooking with variety, quality and a hell of a lot of it.. venison haggis towers?! all sorts of fish we'd not heard of and very very good chips!
jo - 8 Jun 2004 15:10
Nice little pub with some great beer. Don't know how the food tastes, but it sure looked good. Well worth a visit.
Viper - 22 Mar 2004 13:23
Nice little pub.
ray - 3 Feb 2004 10:44
great friendly pub restaurant, excellent real food, superb ales and beers, the best pub I know in the region for food.
pieman - 27 Sep 2003 09:32

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