The Bird In Hand is a real gem. Close to Reading, Twyford, Maidenhead etc this cozy hotel offers really good food and a taste of the Berkshire countryside.
The dining area has a real log fire so arrive early to get one of the two tables next to it. The pub is always busy which provides a nice atmosphere and you can sometimes find themed nights like 'wine and cheese'. Regulars sit at the traditional bar and its easy to forget what time it is with the choice of wines and ales.
The Bird in Hand has a good pub menu but its the specials board that continues to provide delight. Always a long list and always good portions that arrive quickly. My only grumble is bottled soft drinks that a number of pubs seem to be choosing these days. £1.50 for less than half a glass of coke is not my idea of value but the food and the warm welcome offered by the landlord more than makes up for this.
Breakfast is served in a bigger room off the main bar area. Choice is varied, hot and cold and served until a decent time in the morning. The Bird has a seating area outside with umbrellas ready for when the sun shines and there is a very large car park making parking easy. A joy compared to some hotels.
Rooms are lovely - cottage style, beamed interior. Beds are comfy and tea/coffee/biscuits were supplied. The bathrooms I've had have always been large and the heating has always been turned up, again a joy away from home in the winter. Make sure to book ahead because this lovely hotel gets busy - a lot of little birds have been tweeting!
On a practical level the hotel is conveniently located next to a petrol station (that sells food and hot coffee), if you like to run when you are away take your trainers because there is a fantastic long, straight, tree lined road leading out from the hotel that you can easily get 4, 5 or 6 k out of.
- Also Known As:
- The Bird In Hand Country Hotel
- The Bird In Hand Country Hotel Reading
- Reading Country Inn
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