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The Highwayman

££ - £££, British,
Exlade Street, Checkendon RG8 0UA, England
+44 1491 682020
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish pie” (9 reviews)
“mutton” (3 reviews)
“beef” (13 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Exlade Street, Checkendon RG8 0UA, England
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Have been to The Highwayman on numerous occasions , and always had consistently very good meals, friendly attentive staff and children made welcome . On this occasion we had a delicious Sunday lunch with choice of roasts .The roast beef was tender and pink ,...More

Thank annlc715
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We went to the Highwayman yesterday, and had great service, great food at a reasonable price. Will definitely go again.

2  Thank Chris A
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We last visited this establishment approx. 50 years ago, when it was on the main road and was a meeting place after rugby on Saturday nights. So it was a trip down memory lane. We were delighted to see that very little had changed. the...More

1  Thank trevorchamarette
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We went for a family meal on Saturday. Our last few family meals have not been great, therefore we reverted to somewhere we knew would be good and it was! Every course for us all superb, the service was lovely. Not over bearing but just...More

Thank guyartall
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We love the highwayman. Friendly service and delicious home cooked food. The menu we think is great. Choice of fish, cicken, seasons meat dishes, pies, burger etc. All done with a special touch. I had the salmon which came with a lovely béarnaise sauce, rocket...More

Thank Emma&Stevie
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Great atmosphere. The fish pie was excellent and everyone at the table enjoyed their meal. Service was a but sluggish at first but picked up when the boss came on the scene.

Thank Lynne T
Reviewed 9 September 2017

A couple of days ago I visited The Highwayman for lunch after a number of years. When I first drank in this establishment in the 1970s it was a typical english country pub and a very pleasant one. Today it is still that lovely old...More

1  Thank Nick B
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We visited on Friday 18th August for the first time, despite having lived fairly locally for 25 years. We wanted to eat somewhere new for my husbands birthday. Lovely cheerful atmosphere inside. I had the mussels to start with fresh bread. DELICIOUS! Best mussels I've...More

Thank CalAndy1
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Read the review of Michael O ( from it would appear a Queen's English / Shakesperian speaking enclave of London) and was shocked that the Highwayman had allegedly plunged so far that it was allegedly no longer capable of taking basic instruction from its visitors....More

1  Thank Plavi98
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

The Manager here is possibly the worst host we have ever experienced. We decided to dine here based on previous reviews. Upon arrival we were shown to our table by a foreign server, who asked if we would like to order drinks and see the...More

8  Thank Michael O
Paul B, Owner at The Highwayman, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

We are always deeply saddened when we fall below somebody’s expectations and the high standard we set and will always discuss them and try to put systems in place if we find a systemic failure that needs addressing. We have found the best way to...More

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Cliff R
6 January 2018|
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I do not know if the restaurant is open
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Exlade Street, Checkendon RG8 0UA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Checkendon
  • Phone Number: +44 1491 682020
  • E-mail
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 business and product. We want you to have an experience that is what you wanted and expected. It is disappointing enough to know that we have not given the best of ourselves but to read it later on the internet when it could have been dealt with at the time is frustrating and upsetting.Whether in my establishment or any other talk to the staff treat them with respect and they will work that much harder for you.
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