The Horse & Groom

The Horse & Groom

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
The Street, Mortimer Common, Reading, RG7 3RD
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The Horse & Groom - which serves up delightful locally produced, freshly made food - is the only pub in England where you are invited to pour your own pint. This Mortimer Common haunt has four real ale kegs, and I enjoyed Spitfire and a pint from the Ringwood Brewery. Simply give the barwoman a nod before refilling your glass and you're away - it's a novel idea and seems to work very well. But this is just one of The Horse & Groom's many charms. The food is delicious and the landlord later admitted that customers don't always realise at first just how good - once enlightened, however, they soon return.

The menu changes with the seasons and is kept tight to keep quality at its highest. I was treated to a slice of baked Camembert on top of crunchy toast with a rocket side salad and balsamic dressing - divine and well priced at £5.25. My guest equally enjoyed the intricate duet of salmon and halibut gravlax (£5.95). For main, I was persuaded by the rump of lamb, sourced from a farm less than ten miles down the road, served with potato cakes, baby turnip and green beans (£11.75). The neatly sliced meat was cooked perfectly and presented, like all the dishes, with precision. My guest kept it classic with the rib-eye steak, hand-cut chips, confit tomato and salad (£11.95), and reported it was the best he'd eaten this year. Other tempting options included a wild mushroom risotto, roasted duck breast and pan-fried fillet of trout. Portions, quite rightly, are not overwhelming, which left us suitable space for dessert.

I flirted with the white chocolate and banana cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding before deciding on warm apple crumble with maple and walnut ice cream (all at £4.95). My choice rounded off an exceptional meal, and we left vowing to return to this pub whose reputation is deservedly growing among both foodies and fans of country-pub comfort.
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Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-10pm
Tues:12pm-10pm
Weds:12pm-10pm
Thurs:12pm-10pm
Fri:12pm-10pm
Sat:12pm-10pm
Sun:12pm-10pm
Food Served Times:
Mon:12pm-10pm
Tues:12pm-10pm
Weds:12pm-10pm
Thurs:12pm-10pm
Fri:12pm-10pm
Sat:12pm-10pm
Sun:12pm-3pm