The Thatched Tavern
Cheapside Road, Ascot, SL5 7QG
This pretty 15th-century tavern exudes olde-worlde charm, with low-beamed ceilings, flagstone flooring and plenty of nooks and crannies. In the chilly months the real log fires make it super cosy and the whole pub is suffused with the delicious smell of mulled wine. For warmer weather there’s ample space outside, with a pretty leafy garden, sheltered patio and an attractive cobbled area. A warm welcome from attentive staff, coupled with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere has much to do with The Thatched Tavern’s appeal, as does the varied menu and wine list. Diners find themselves returning time and again to sample from the expertly put together menu, which boasts time-honoured classics like beer-battered fish and chips alongside elegant modern British fare. You might find starters like a soft duck Scotch egg served with creamed leeks and bacon and topped with crispy leeks, or perhaps you’ll be tempted by the beetroot and goat’s cheese croquettes. For the main course, choose from perfectly executed dishes such as the 16oz braised shoulder of lamb, and Windsor Great Park venison. Steak-lovers are well catered for with an excellent selection of cuts to choose from, all sourced from Surrey Farm – the rib-eye steak served alongside a bountiful portion of crispy triple-cooked chips, mushrooms, tomato and a rich peppercorn sauce is always a popular option. The talent of the kitchen team is evident in every dish. For those seeking a quick bite to eat, The Thatched Tavern has a bar menu full of delights. The meat and cheeseboards are perfect for sharing with friends over a lazy lunch, as are the small plates which include the likes of Cornish crab linguine, which can also be enjoyed as a starter. One visit to The Thatched Tavern is never enough; you’ll find yourself planning your return visit before you’ve even finished your mains.