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Bird In Hand

££ - £££, British,
Peppard Road | Sonning Common, Reading RG4 9NP, England
+44 118 972 1857
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (25 reviews)
“tapas” (18 reviews)
Closed Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
Peppard Road | Sonning Common, Reading RG4 9NP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried this pub on the basis of a recommendation and had a really nice meal. The bar is small and cosy - with a lovely roaring fire. The restaurant is not big and a little cold but, full of people, it has a nice...More

Thank KatyPUk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just to say how much we all enjoyed our family meal yesterday lunchtime. I'm usually the host for our annual get together - so such a relaxing and welcome break for me too. Thank you for not only delicious food, but friendly and welcoming staff....More

Thank MOCKO_2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family group of 8 had booked for Sunday lunch the week before before Christmas. We’ve eaten there a few times previously as a family group and we have also enjoyed meals there as a couple and with friends several times. On this occasion we...More

Thank gardengirlie
SantinoandHelen, Owner at Bird In Hand, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear gardengirlie We were saddened to read your most recent review as you have written some excellent ones of us in the past. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the atmosphere. It was a very busy service and I can only apologize if you felt the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely can’t believe that this isn’t rated higher in restaurants in Reading. For me, it’s honestly the best I’ve been too in the area! We’ve been meaning to come for ages since it changed hands a few years ago and it’s safe to say...More

Thank Hannah W
Reviewed 14 December 2017

I was appalled to be spoken to the way the chef did when I queried my father's lunch today. I will never go in there again. Clearly, at this pub, (as he pointed out) there is a standard menu and you cannot deviate from it....More

5  Thank jan211553
SantinoandHelen, Owner at Bird In Hand, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2017

MANNERS MAKETH MAN We obviously want our customers to be happy but a customer who bullies staff and disturbs fellow diners is not always right. Your behaviour was appalling. From the moment you arrived and sat down you did not stop moaning. I know this...More

Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

We popped in for a drink earlier in the month and came away with a recommendation for a lovely butchers near by, which is where the pub sources their meat. We returned for a meal a couple of weeks later and it was lovely. The...More

Thank ARuthMurphy
Reviewed 4 December 2017

48... really this restaurant is 48 on trip advisor. I'm guessing it's so low because no one wants to share the awesomeness that is this restaurant so they don't review it so they can always get a table. The staff are excellent, the chef is...More

Thank Alex G
Reviewed 1 December 2017

first to arrive just after 12. By half past there wasn't a place in the car park. A lot of people had obviously heard of it before us! I didn't know they ate this well in Sicily. Rabbit pate, Sicilian short pasta and the fish...More

Thank bob s
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner and what a fab surprised. Started with mussel perfectly cooked followed by fish pie. I was pleasently surprised. Enjoy every bit

Thank Dominique V
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Visited our friend who lives close to this amazing pub/restaurant. Wow, I have to return. First of all, as a gluten-free lady, how incredibly refreshing to go to a restaurant that clearly identifies GF dishes on its menu (and by crikey, there are so many...More

1  Thank JKaye3
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Questions & Answers
7 June 2015|
Response from SantinoandHelen | Property representative |
Dear Aprilbell We have a large garden that lots of children enjoy that backs on to woods but I'm afraid we don't have a play area as such. Kind regards Helen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$42
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Peppard Road | Sonning Common, Reading RG4 9NP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Berkshire  >  Reading
  • Phone Number: +44 118 972 1857
  • E-mail
The Bird in Hand is a delightful 16th century coaching inn, ideally located in the picturesque village of Sonning Common. The pub is a traditional style inn with a cosy feel and a lounge bar with a working Inglenook fireplace. There is the added benefit of a delightful garden and alfresco dining, which backs onto a woodland area known as Bird Wood. There are dog treats on the bar, real ales and a mouth watering menu. Everything on the menu is made from scratch, Chef Santino is dedicated to producing only wholesome, hearty artisan pub food using seasonal market ingredients. Please note that we are open for food from 12-2.30pm and 6-9pm Weds-Sat and 12-4pm on Sundays. Our wood fired pizza oven will reopen in the Spring on Wednesday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday evenings. Please note that when we open on Bank Holiday Mondays we then close on the Tuesday of that week.
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