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The Ostrich Inn

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High Street | Colnbrook, Slough SL3 0JZ, England
Rail: Slough
01753 682628
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Believed to date back to the 12th century, The Ostrich on the old Bath to...
Believed to date back to the 12th century, The Ostrich on the old Bath to London road, close to Heathrow Airport and Terminal 5, is said to be England's third oldest inn. It's certainly a very fine example of its kind, combining everything you'd expect in a historic coaching inn: beams, nooks, fireplaces, crooked stairs, a cobbled courtyard and an interesting (albeit macabre) history. The chunky contemporary wooden furniture and bright colours come as a bit of a surprise, and work well with the huge, sagging beams, standing timbers and open fires. A wide-ranging menu serves good, freshly prepared food and reflects the demands of the area (the M4 and M25 are very near) and the concomitant mix of people. The specials board changes daily, while a lunch menu that is always ready within 20 minutes. A hearty Sunday lunch menu is served all dy long allowing you to indulge in a proper lie in and still have time for a roast.A private function room upstairs plays host to regular comedy nights and is available for hire for functions.
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Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 85
    Excellent
  • 81
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Third oldest pub in England with an interesting history!

We discovered this place while spending the night near Heathrow. What a quaint old pub with a blazing fire, exposed ancient beams, good food and tales of the murder of rich guests by a previous owner and his wife in the 17th century. This was supposedly the inspiration for the musical Sweeney... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Judymt
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Bozeman, Montana
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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UK
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119 reviews 119 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

An informal dinner with business colleagues. First the atmosphere in the beamed pub was really good and although I wouldn't have guessed it was so old it definitely has character. It had a few real ales and they were good. The service was fine and the food was edible but lacked something. The soup I had was wholesome and green... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We discovered this place while spending the night near Heathrow. What a quaint old pub with a blazing fire, exposed ancient beams, good food and tales of the murder of rich guests by a previous owner and his wife in the 17th century. This was supposedly the inspiration for the musical Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street!

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High Wycombe
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133 reviews 133 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Popped in for a drink with a friend. Nice bar area, restaurant was busy and the food looked good but we hadn't planned to eat there. Decent atmosphere, friendly service, clean toilets, good ale. Can't ask for much more really. I'll go back and try the food soon.

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York, United Kingdom
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229 reviews 229 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I visited here for a pint on Thursday evening after flying into Heathrow Terminal 5, and they have a good selection of ales and friendly staff with a welcoming pub.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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323 reviews 323 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

What an historic inn! What looks like original wooden timbers. Nice decor appropriate for the restaurant. What is most important in a restaurant are three things; cleanliness, quality of food, and service. This restaurant had all three. Had an unexpected stop at Heathrow due to weather and am fortunate I found this inn.

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We were staying locally prior to flying off from Heathrow .Wanted a basic meal , had looked up The Ostrich and thought it looked interesting .It was a very nice surprise .It is quirky - but in a good way .The history of the place is fascinating .The menu has something for everyone but the pie of the day is... More 

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Narnia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Liked the history of the place and the stories, beer was limited in terms of real ale options, and the fish and chips at 15 pounds gb were greasy.

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Sooke, BC
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Jill, our guide, took us there for dinner. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was unique. If you go, take the time to read about the Inn.

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Wantage, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

food was good, service was quick even though it was quite busy. live band were good too ! plenty of parking out the back

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Tequesta, Florida
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200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

While staying between flights at the Hilton Terminal 5 we popped over to the historic Ostrich Inn just a short walk from the hotel. Our lunch was very good pub food. Chicken Pie and Cumberland Sausages in the traditional style. It was interesting to look at the old beams and joists. The history of The Ostrich was fascinating especially about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: High Street | Colnbrook, Slough SL3 0JZ, England
  • Public Transportation: Rail: Slough
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Slough
  • Phone Number: 01753 682628

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 55
  • Cuisine: English, Pub, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Believed to date back to the 12th century, The Ostrich on the old Bath to London road, close to Heathrow Airport and Terminal 5, is said to be England's third oldest inn. It's certainly a very fine example of its kind, combining everything you'd expect in a historic coaching inn: beams, nooks, fireplaces, crooked stairs, a cobbled courtyard and an interesting (albeit macabre) history. The chunky contemporary wooden furniture and bright colours come as a bit of a surprise, and work well with the huge, sagging beams, standing timbers and open fires. A wide-ranging menu serves good, freshly prepared food and reflects the demands of the area (the M4 and M25 are very near) and the concomitant mix of people. The specials board changes daily, while a lunch menu that is always ready within 20 minutes. A hearty Sunday lunch menu is served all dy long allowing you to indulge in a proper lie in and still have time for a roast.A private function room upstairs plays host to regular comedy nights and is available for hire for functions.

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