The original building, on the old main road from Reading to Oxford, dates from 1625 but now has a smart yet traditional feel, with two rooms laid out for dining, but also retaining a separate bar and drinking area with woodburner, beams and exposed brickwork, to ensure that it still feels like a pub, but with dining rooms attached. Three ales on handpump with two selected from local microbreweries, always including Loddon, and usually West Berkshire. Loddon Hoppit is always available, but there may be occasional seasonal beers on the other two handpumps. The pub has a growing reputation for its excellent home-cooked and reasonably-priced food menu. The pub also boasts a large enclosed garden, with children's play-area and numerous breeds of chickens roaming around, which is understandably popular with families.