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The Highwayman Inn is located in a beautiful hamlet near Checkendon, on the Berkshire, Oxfordshire border, only an hour from London and 20 minutes from Reading and Henley on Thames. The pub dates back to the 16th century and still retains some of its original characteristics.Our aim is to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in comfortable surroundings in which to enjoy our award winning food. We are committed to using local suppliers and produce with above all an eye for quality.If things go wrong or are not to your taste then please talk to us. We are genuine people that work really hard and care about what we do. We are always happy to listen to comments that will help us to improve our
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second visit to The Highwayman. We had booked a table to meet two friends for lunch. Despite the pub being busy the service we received was excellent. The staff were efficient and friendly. The food was well presented, tasty and competitively priced....We really enjoyed our meals and our visit was well eorth the 25 mile drive from Windsor.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking forward to a Friday meal out as a treat at our local. It was a disappointing evening overall. Welcome was non existent, shown to our table, menu hasn’t changed much. Drinks arrived We had a starter to share Two mains (food quality...poor) And a bottle of wine No check back, is all ok? No service at all really Plates cleared, then nothing for half an hour. Lack lustre service that evening, felt like no one cared and we were forgotten about which was a shame. No dessert menus, coffees or more drinks. We were prepared to spend another £40-£50 pounds that evening, but nothing. Such a shame, as we love supporting local and would much rather this than going to a chain restaurant in town. We spent £100 on what we had and could have and would have spent more. But the service was not great, not engaging. It’s hard to review when you work in the industry, it’s such a challenging time for hospitality at the moment, but we don’t help ourselves. Good service isn’t hard, and at the end of the day it’s the service and experience you pay for which was sadly lacking on this occasion.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 December 2023 via mobile

This was the best sea bream dish I had for a long time. It was cooked to perfection! Coffee and apple/tarte crumble were delicious to finish the meal too.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 November 2023

Had not visited the Highwayman for quite some years, but it has been consistently recommended by friends - so we went for lunch. Warm cosy atmosphere with big log stove - very relaxing. Chose from a la carte menu (there is also a set lunch...choice) as prices reasonable. Excellent meal and faultless service. Duck for main was plentiful and cooked to perfection for me. Wife's fish and chips also 'perfect'. We are looking forward to going back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 7 November 2023 via mobile

The soup was a little cool and the calamari slightly overcooked The main dishes were well presented and good. Haddock and chips and the salmon were good The chips were not great but we were at the end of the lunch serving. Service was attentive...but overall this is currently not out of the ordinary However we are blessed in this area with several food places to eat so the competition is strong. Recommend but arrive earlier that we did.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023

Booked a family party of 14 for Sunday lunch. Brilliant food, service and atmosphere. Coped well with allergy requirements. You need to book in advance as very busy. Highly recommended

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023

First rate service food is what you would expect from a high end restaurant. Can’t rate it enough have been there several times with friends who live locally and use it regularly. Look forward to our next visit.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2023

I attended a wedding reception in the blazing September sunshine in the absolutely stunning setting of The Highwayman garden. It is a truly beautiful spot with breathtaking views of the open countryside along with an extremely well planted and tended garden. I have titled this...review faultless because it was. The Highwayman staff were utterly amazing with first class attentive, efficient service alongside the most delicious food. It was without doubt faultless and I highly recommend this establishment.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 September 2023

Can't fault this experience at all. We shared a starter on a previous recommendation in order to enjoy our main courses, Halibut and Rabbit pie, delicious. Had room for a shared dessert too, honeycomb cheesecake, yummy. Will definitely return, 2 course Sunday lunch sounds good.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 22 August 2023

Went back for lunch after a business meeting. Asked for a quieter table & we went through to the spacious back bar which was ideal. Service very attentive despite it being pretty busy. The menu was varied & enticing. We had home made scotch egg...which was excellent but very filling making the tremendous open pies hard but enjoyable to finish afterwards. No room for desserts but the staff were very keen to know that we had enjoyed our meals and we left feeling full and thoroughly well served.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023 via mobile

Not surprised that this pub has become so popular. Very friendly and helpful team of staff, excellent menu choice, probably with something to suit most tastes. Yes, there are probably more elaborate food establishments nearby, but this gets my 5* award for overall combination of...food quality, staff and value for money Would certainly not hesitate to recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023

We had an excellent lunch today. I can thoroughly recommend the Guinea Foul, my husband had a steak both extremely good. Very friendly staff. A very enjoyable lunch and very good coffee! Thank you.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 11 July 2023

Went to this wonderful place on9th July for Sunday lunch. It was beyond excellent. Superb food. We were a table of friends and family and everyone agreed best Sunday lunch they'd ever had. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023 via mobile

I had not been to The Highwayman since I left The Oratory School as a pupil in 1976. 6 th formers were allowed to visit The Highwayman in those days which we did as often as funds allowed. Not surprisingly it has changed dramatically over...the intervening years. It is now a wonderful pub with excellent food and service. The beers are still as good as I remember and the patio terrace above the pub is a great addition and an ideal place to eat on a warm summers evening. Lovely to return and remind myself of the misspent hours at The Highwayman.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 1 May 2023

Let’s do the good points first. From the outside the Highwayman is a quaint little pub but inside it’s a veritable Tardis with several, well decorated rooms and tables placed a decent distance apart. Overall this creates a pleasing atmosphere. The staff were attentive and...helpful and the service, in general, could not be faulted. For a mid-week lunch there is a good selection of dishes and the prices, considering we are in inflationary 2023, seemed fair. However…. we were both underwhelmed with the food. I have no doubt the chef knows how to cook and present a dish well. But my garlic mushroom starter was pieces of chopped up mushroom in a soup (they give a spoon with the dish) swimming in an over-creamed sauce, with no trace of garlic whatsoever. My main course of rabbit pie came, as a previous report mentions, with an open top, so not really a pie. There were minuscule amounts of rabbit in it and what there was could hardly be tasted as, once again, it was awash in an over-powering cream sauce. The same one I wonder as my mushrooms? My partner often makes a rabbit pie (she gets the rabbit from Vicars not 12 miles away) which is much tastier and filled with meat. So relatively this was very poor but in absolute standards poor as well. A pity and I could not recommend the place based on this experience.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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The Highwayman is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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