Dating back to the 18th century, this popular pub has atmosphere in spades, with a charming heated al fresco area complete with bloom-filled window boxes and hanging baskets as well as a warm interior with rustic features.
Set on the A3095 road between Bracknell and Maidenhead where the concrete sprawl of the west London outskirts gives way to gorgeous, rolling green countryside, The Shepherds House enjoys an enviable location.
In fitting with its surroundings, the pub is decorated in country-chic style, with bucolic-inspired touches – think cute ornaments and pictures of sheep – and wooden beams adorning the ceiling and doors. Plenty of quiet recesses and private candlelit crannies make ideal spots for romantic dinners, while fireplaces add warmth, both literally and figuratively, on colder evenings. The pub also has a heated and covered beer garden for outdoor dining, so you can eat al fresco even when the British summer is up to its old tricks.Read more...
Though part of the Shepherds House dates back to the 1700s, a recent refurbishment has seen the pub’s comfort and style stakes upped, without compromising its character. The pub is a popular lunch and dinner destination for both families and groups enjoying days out in the surrounding Warfield area, which encompasses several small hamlets including Moss End.
Just two-and-a-half miles away from The Shepherds House is the 20-acre Westmorland Park. A favourite among families and dog walkers, this much-loved public space includes tennis courts, football pitches, a basketball hoop, a baseball diamond and a play area for children. Most visitors to the park come in search of calm and find it on the tranquil woodland nature trail, where trees ranging from evergreen yews to conker-producing horse chestnuts to centuries-old oaks can be seen. The trail also leads to a pond, where all kinds of wildlife, including frogs, dragonflies and all manner of wading birds reside; trying to identify the various species is an engaging activity for children and adults alike. Adjacent to the open park space is Hayley Green Wood, another prime wildlife-watching and flora-spotting locale. Species including grass snakes and violet-coloured self-heal flowers can be spied in this designated Local Nature Reserve and Local Wildlife Site.
Ten minutes’ drive from The Shepherds House lies one of the most famous family attractions in the country: Legoland Windsor. This beloved theme park is full of thrilling heart-in-mouth rides that often prove to be just as exhilarating for adults as they are for children. What’s more, the park contains some seriously impressive Lego recreations of major landmarks including Canary Wharf and Trafalgar Square, the latter of which is so incredibly detailed, it even includes Lego pigeons. Guests also have the opportunity to get involved and build some of their own Lego creations. For toddlers who aren’t quite dexterous enough for proper Lego, there is a DUPLO-themed area, where the larger, easier-to-use DUPLO bricks are made available.
For more adult-themed pursuits in the nearby area, look to the Ascot Racecourse and Royal Ascot Golf Club, both of which are just a 15-minute drive away from the Shepherds House. After working up an appetite out on the sunny fairways or cheering on horses from the stands, come to Shepherds House for a meal amid the flowering window boxes and hanging baskets of the pub’s beer garden. Though the food menu at The Shepherds House is dominated by classic pub fare, the pub also hosts themed summer months that highlight continental cuisines such as Italian, Spanish and Greek, bringing some more exotic flavours into play. Real ales are a popular accompaniment to a meal at The Shepherds House but are far from the only choice with an appealing selection of wines also on offer.Show less...