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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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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great place, great food - book a table and enjoy!!!

Before I start - BOOK A TABLE!!!! Wonderful building and claims to be one of the 3 oldest Inns in England; however, when you go in the interior doesn't complement the age and Tudor style of the building - the bar is a modern large monstrosity which is black and red - the tables and chairs are also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Yorkshire
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We received a lovely warm welcome had a delicious sunday lunch. Whilst we couldn't resist the beef with all trimmings we also sampled the smoked mackerel and bone marrow dishes (delicious). The pub is a fascinating example of a genuine old (very) English pub with a slightly twisted history. Remember to look for the Ostrich upstairs. The lovely French owner... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I paid £3.30 for a Lime and Soda and £3.96 for a pint of Cider. Come on guys the cider is the same as London and as for the Lime and Soda that was a rip off. Shame really the Chicken and Ham Pie was very nice but the cost of the drinks spoilt the visit. I will not be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great place for meeting Canadian friends in transit at heathrow. Easily accessible from the airport with ample parking this very old gastropub impresses with its history .... Apparently king John stopped by on his trip to Runnymead! ...... But the food and range of ales is pretty good too. Service was swift and pleasant a reasonably extensive menu offered good... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Ate here with a group of 8 and was thoroughly unimpressed by the food. 5 of us sent our lamb with mash main course back as the mash was stone cold, only to get other people's plates back! Horrid, Wouldn't return

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Dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A great historic pub not far from the Terminal 5 hotels (we stayed at the Hilton) - the food was brilliant and the service to match. We had two small children with us and they were equally catered for and looked after. The waitresses were attentive and made sure we had everything we needed throughout our meal.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

It's a nice enough pub but not somewhere I'm going to reccomment too strongly. We were at the bar for a while waiting to be served without any of the three barstaff acknowledging us, that's fine, busy night etc. Went through to the restraunt area to eat and had dinner, the menu doesn't have too much on it however the... More 

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Fort Worth, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The restaurant is located in a building hundreds of years old that takes you back to Olde England. The food is classic British--fish and chips, meat pies, etc. If you are staying at one of the hotels in Colnbrook don't miss this chance to travel back in time while quaffing a pint.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Before I start - BOOK A TABLE!!!! Wonderful building and claims to be one of the 3 oldest Inns in England; however, when you go in the interior doesn't complement the age and Tudor style of the building - the bar is a modern large monstrosity which is black and red - the tables and chairs are also not in... More 

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Witney, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Despite being almost 900 years old, somehow the Ostrich lacks character and atmosphere. Yes there are old beams but there are also other frankly bizarre additions - like the chrome and red bar and the brick fireplace, and the lighting....it's a shame because it could be so much nicer but my experience of other Shepherd and Neame properties is that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

On our trip back to the U.S. from Greece, good friends of ours took us here for dinner. Really cool old pub, in a cozy village. Note: very close to the Hilton Terminal 5. Had an amazing stout beer (one or two or was it three?). Had a great burger as well. All the food looked great. Staff was very... More 

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Address: High Street | Colnbrook, Slough SL3 0JZ, England
Phone Number: 01753 682628
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Slough
Average Prices: USD $39 to $55
Cuisine: British, Pub, Gastropub

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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 to $55
  • Cuisine: British, 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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