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The Shoulder of Mutton

Dunsden Way | Playhatch, Reading RG4 9QU, England
+44 118 947 3908
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good25%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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“mutton” (15 reviews)
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All hours
Bar, British, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Dunsden Way | Playhatch, Reading RG4 9QU, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

27 pubs a week close down in the UK apparently, it's no wonder that the weaker ones will fall by the wayside. We tried to spend good money at The Shoulder of Mutton a couple of weeks ago, but as we had not booked on...More

Thank 90210_MW
Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely delicious food the Sunday roasts one of the best I have had. A family run pub restaurant with a warm atmosphere with an excellent menu at good value for what you are eating. Service is extremely efficient but very friendly.

Thank Ann J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tucked away a few miles north of HW, the pub is traditional cosy and welcoming. The food was surprisingly good with no evidence of freezer to microwave or deep fat fryer corner cutting. The hosts and waiting staff (Eastern European?) were helpful and polite, although...More

Thank trueeriiman
Foxeelad, Owner at The Shoulder of Mutton, responded to this review

This is the wrong pub! They are talking about the Shoulder of Mutton in Hartney Whitney. I have asked for it to be removed.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four old business friends met up at The Shoulder for a catch-up and lunch. From the moment we walked into the pub we felt at home with a very warm welcome from Wendy and Natalie. The two beers we tried - the local Loddon Vale...More

Thank Jack H
Foxeelad, Owner at The Shoulder of Mutton, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. I will pass the positive feedback onto the girls. We look forward to serving you again soon. Kind regards, Alan and the team.

Reviewed April 10, 2017

cosy little pub, friendly staff, but seems to be closed quite often. The food is home prepared and so they can very the menu.More

Thank Dskunk
Foxeelad, Owner at The Shoulder of Mutton, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Dskunk. We are open less than we used to be, but now we have a three year old son and I am the only chef. We are still generally open 6-7 days a week, but only on Monday's if we...More

Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

We had Sunday lunch here today to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. Food was great (particularly the roast beef) and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. We sat in the conservatory, which was perfect for a larger group (19 adults, 3 children and 2...More

Thank Hannah A
Foxeelad, Owner at The Shoulder of Mutton, responded to this review

Thank you Hannah for your glowing review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Alan and the team

Reviewed February 11, 2017

This is the second time we have been to the shoulder of mutton, both times we had booked ten plus for the meal and had the full choice from the full menu, The signature dish of the shoulder of mutton was superb and the starters...More

Thank Mike H
Foxeelad, Owner at The Shoulder of Mutton, responded to this review

Dear Mike, Thank you for taking the time to review us and for writing such nice things. We look forward to seeing you again. Alan and Wendy

Reviewed December 30, 2016

We were a party of ten earlier this year. Our hosts were told that to make things easier for staff we would have to choose in advance from a restricted menu of 4 starters and 4 mains. For myself and my partner we didn't like...More

Thank amber49
Foxeelad, Owner at The Shoulder of Mutton, responded to this review

Dear Amber49. Unfortunately you were miss informed. Had you contacted the pub directly, any member of staff would have told you that we are always happy to cater for individuals within a group and we would have happily given you and your husband something from...More

Reviewed December 25, 2016

We arrived not too late, staff were attentive, friendly and so warm you instantly felt at home. The building is beautiful village setting with adorable garden, relaxing and open fire lounge and several seating areas for small or large parties. Plenty of parking and only...More

Thank fairlady103
Foxeelad, Owner at The Shoulder of Mutton, responded to this review

Thank you so much fairlady103. This is such a lovely review. We look forward to seeing again. Kind regards, Alan, Wendy and the team.

Reviewed December 14, 2016

Back again, this time for for the bosses Birthday. Where do you want to go for your birthday I said, oooh that nice pub where you had that Sea Food Lasagne and I had the Shoulder of Mutton. That would be the Shoulder of Mutton...More

Thank RoobarbT25
Foxeelad, Owner at The Shoulder of Mutton, responded to this review

Thank you RoobarbT25. We are always reaching for those 5 blobs! Kind regards, Alan and the team.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$13 - $33
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dunsden Way | Playhatch, Reading RG4 9QU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 947 3908
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The Shoulder of Mutton is a small, English country pub, with no preconceived ideas or conceptions. We prefer bookings to be made, but are just as happy to see new faces walk in off the street, as it were. We offer many menus- Lunch time, Evening, Sunday roast, Barbeque, Hot fork buffet and a very popular cold fork buffet for private functions. We enjoy catering for private functions and really go to town on offering the customer personal service when it comes to menu planning and decorating our pub to their personal requirements. Having a family ourselves, we enjoy catering for families and their celebrations. We also have 4 pets to add to the craziness and all round family feel. We don't think you should visit tripadvisor before coming to see us. We are just a pub! Nor should you go straight to tripadvisor if you didn't enjoy your visit. We'd rather know about it and improve. Something we have tried to do for the past 17 years!