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The Ostrich Inn

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English, Pub, Gastropub
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High Street | Colnbrook, Slough SL3 0JZ, England
Rail: Slough
01753 682628
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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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  • 93
    Excellent
  • 86
    Very good
  • 29
    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
Business Dinner

Easy to book via website, cheerful staff, excellent food and ale, all properly priced. I shall return, for sure.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
Steven K
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Horsebridge, United Kingdom
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Franklin, Tennessee
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This food was absolutely superb in this old pub with plenty of history. It is in a very quaint area, ambiance abounds, and is a favorite of locals. We highly recommend it.

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Horsebridge, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Easy to book via website, cheerful staff, excellent food and ale, all properly priced. I shall return, for sure.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We were tempted to have a meal in our airport hotel but are so glad we decided to drive a couple of miles to Colnbrook. It has a village feel and The Ostrich is packed full of character. We are both foodies and were impressed with the quality of the balsamic and rustic olive bread. This got the meal off... More 

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london
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

great place for a meal - very often go with a crowd from work (even had a Christmas works do there). Staff are very friendly. Only downside is it gets very busy

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Pune
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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This was my first real visit to a "proper" British pub several years back and have a bit of an emotional bias towards this place. Quaint and cozy and though the tables are a bit close together, there is no real intrusion on privacy. Had gone there with some office colleagues and loved every minute. The ales are excellent thought... More 

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varna
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Wonderful meal in lovely old pub within walking distance of our hotel. Staff friendly and helpful but missed meeting the infamous owner!

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

To be honest from the reviews I've read I had high expectations and for that reason I was a bit disappointment I'll start with the positive - the design of the place is great, it combines the old and the new in a beautiful way The service was friendly and responsive The food was good but it wasn't excellent, this... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Being here with six colleagues we had a nice dinner, good food, cozy atmosphere and good selection of beers and wines. If you're getting there don't forget to ask for their landlord history.

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I visited this pub yesterday. Without too much expectation I went in, but I found it is really better than usual pubs and it has more rooms which rather look restaurant. Friendly environment, but I have to admit I love old style English buildings and interior so I enjoyed this place a lot. For a pub they have a good... More 

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Ipswich,UK
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67 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We were staying close by and decided to have a 10 min walk to this pub,it's got a lot of history.Its a very nice pub,it was busy but not over crowded,we went on the Thursday night before Good Friday. They had a big group come in who went into another room.The pub had a open fire lit,which added to the... 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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