If you’re looking for beautifully prepared food in a traditional English village pub, The Oak & Saw ticks every box. Set in the very heart of historic Taplow village opposite the 17th-century church and picturesque village green, its proprietors Ian and Karen have transformed the pub since taking it over in 2004, making it a great destination venue in which to eat, drink and relax.
The chefs produce daily specials using locally sourced ingredients, and the à la carte menu changes with the seasons, but they always have a choice of award-winning British steaks and fresh fish delivered daily from Devon and Cornwall. I thoroughly enjoyed the rib-eye steak, which was cooked to perfection and served with gourmet chips, giant homemade onion rings, Portobello mushrooms and roasted vine cherry tomatoes. My companion loved his panroasted sea bass fillet with crushed Jersey Royal new potatoes, rich green samphire and a delicious caper butter sauce. Landlord Ian Burne told us the Sunday roasts are legendary and are known by many as the best in Berkshire.
As winners of the National Pubs in Bloom competition every year since 2014, The Oak & Saw has the most colourful sun-drenched south-facing patio and beer garden for al fresco dining. An understandably popular establishment, it’s wise to book ahead to avoid disappointment.