The picturesque village of Goring-on-Thames has been home to The Catherine Wheel for over 350 years. Roaring open fireplaces and aging wooden beams give the venue olde-worlde charm, and walls lined with local memorabilia tell the story of days gone by. Add to this a charming garden, a 16th-century barn and English roses, and you’ve got an award-winning West Berkshire pub that must be visited.
Local businesswomen Katrena Derricourt-Gibson and Vanessa Cooke positively jumped at the opportunity to run their own venue. Along with their charming and established staff, the team is rising admirably to the task. Starting with Cornish hot smoked mackerel salad and horseradish dressing, I was struck by the attention that had gone into pairing each element. My husband chose the creamy feta and pesto dip accompanied by pitta bread – the delightful combination of flavours worked beautifully and certainly caught us off guard.
The same attentive treatment was applied to the mains, with the highlight proving to be pan-fried sea bass served with a light and flavoursome pea and potato salad. Katrena and Vanessa have hit upon a winning formula here, with a combination of invention and pragmatism, which makes for a unique experience – we can’t recommend this pub highly enough.