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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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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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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 22
    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
Most recent review
over priced for the quality of food

The price is more than standard pub food and when arriving the menu gives the impression that the food would be better than it actually was. I had the burger which was good the chunky chips were wedges but they had been warmed up and were oily. My wife had the stuffed chicken breast that lacked... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Rob S
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Worcester, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The price is more than standard pub food and when arriving the menu gives the impression that the food would be better than it actually was. I had the burger which was good the chunky chips were wedges but they had been warmed up and were oily. My wife had the stuffed chicken breast that lacked flavour. It came with... More 

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Heathrow
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is always good here - maybe could change the menu now and then which would make me eat there more often. Very historic with great open fire and good selection of lagers ,not the cheapest place to drink in the area but the food prices are fairly average for this area.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We are in Windsor for a Valentines weekend. We decided to book here for dinner and we were very impressed. When we walked in we thought - "Oh! it's a proper pub - not a lovely restaurant like we had hoped" BUT the waitress took us out the back and it was set out really lovely and looked like a... More 

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Henley on Thames, null, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

On collecting my sister-in-law from Heathrow we had enough time to stop nearby. Such a lovely looking establishment with character. It was great to see specialised draught beer/cider such as Oranjeboom and Asahi. Staff were very friendly. They have 2 x original fireplaces that was great to see being used with quirky chairs surrounding one of them. Lovely original wood... More 

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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I have never written a poor review before but the reason I am doing so is in the hope of the restaurant learning from my comments. The menu looked interesting and you could have A la Carte on Valentine's Day. The interior is pleasant and the history of this 990 year old Inn very interesting BUT the quality and flavour... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Visited on Sunday, for lunch, on arrival we asked the two young bar girls which red wines they sell. I had 20seconds of confusion followed by a horrendous attempt to pronounce half the wines. Call me old fashioned, but a bar person should know what they are serving. Secondly we order roast beef medium rare, and a cold roast beef... More 

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West Midlands
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

A great pub with good food - off the Bristol 'beaten track' but actually central ! Great summer location with a warm reception all year round. Have recommended to many friends without fail.

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Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We arrived at 13:00 and found ourselves the sole diners , maybe due to it being a Saturday , I have eaten at this venue on many occasions and never found it so soulless , a worry since I had recommended it to my guests . The service lacked the usual personal touches and whilst the meals were of reasonable... More 

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I returned to The Ostrich after more than 10 years absence, remembering it to be a great pub with splendid Sunday Roasts. Took a friend and we both really looked forward to have a great lunch. Utterly disappointed! Gone was the atmosphere of an old pub: bare IKEA tables, red-black-grey plastic bar looking sooo unsuitably 60s against the 15c beams,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

So I visited Ostrich last year and the service and food was well below par... BUT.... Today what turn around... Fantastic service...Sarah (you rock) ... Food was great and overall we had a great lunch.... My faith has been restored... The Seabass special was Devine... Overall fantastic service... Key Tip: book a table in the back room... I love it..... 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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