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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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  • 84
    Very good
  • 29
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  • 23
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  • 15
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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
Wonderful ambience

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
Deepanjan B
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Pune
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Pune
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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62 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Me and my partner eat here on valentines day, was not expecting much as it was a pub we was going to but what a shock we got..... The pub was a lovely old English pub with exposed beams low ceilings and great atmosphere the only thing that got on my nerves was the people looking, yes we are two... More 

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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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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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