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The Cunning Man

Burghfield Road, Burghfield Bridge, Reading, RG30 3RB

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  •  - Berkshire
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  •  - Berkshire
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Average
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 22:30

Great food and friendly staff

Suzanne 27 April 2019
from Reading

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Boasting an appealing pastoral design, The Cunning Man, near Reading, has a charming thatched roof, an oaken and cobbled brick interior and a warm hearth-fire. More, it is located next to the Kennet and Avon Canal, so the traditional British pub cuisine can be enjoyed with beautiful country views from the al fresco beer garden.

Hearty Sunday roasts and trusty British dishes head The Cunning Man menu, and a range just for kids offers mini versions of pub favourites. Signature Vintage pies offer fillings like beef & merlot with buttered peas, while The Cunning Man ‘Vintage classics’ menu includes lemon & garlic-roasted chicken with seasoned chips.

Paying homage to the Great British pub, the Vintage Inn bar stock includes cask-conditioned beers, real ales and a meticulously compiled wine list. Thirst-quenching offerings include seasonal non-alcoholic cocktails and freshly-pressed juices, and rich coffee is brewed freshly throughout the day.

Though in Burghfield, The Cunning Man is only 9 minutes’ drive from Reading West Train Station, or 12 minutes from the town centre.

The Cunning Man

Burghfield Road, Burghfield Bridge, Reading, RG30 3RB

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Customer reviews for The Cunning Man

3.9 ((((* (based on 73 reviews)
86% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (54)
  • lunch (47)
  • value (22)
  • child friendly (21)
  • al fresco (20)
  • views (16)
  • large parties (15)
  • business (8)
  • private dining (7)
  • afternoon tea (6)
  • romantic (6)
  • entertainment (1)
  • trendy (1)
  • ((((( 27 April 2019 by Suzanne from Reading

    Great food and friendly staff

  • ((((( 22 January 2019 by Sarah from Reading

    We booked a table for 13, and the staff were very attentive even though they were very busy on a Sunday lunchtime. There were lots of serving staff, who were very friendly and helpful. We had a mixture of Sunday roasts and "everday" main meals, all of which drew huge compliments.

  • ((((* 14 December 2018 by Jill from Burghfield

    Good atmosphere

  • ((((( 24 September 2018 by Yvonne from Reading

    Was lovely first time i tried scallops

  • ((((( 17 August 2018 by Elizabeth from Basingstoke

    Enjoyed a light lunch here with 3 friends. .All very satisfied with meal. I had fish cakes with veg and enjoyed every mouthful.

  • ((((( 16 February 2018 by James from Reading

    The Cunning Man is a well decorated Country Pub, with exposed brickwork and a spacious yet still intimate dining area.
    The food was perfectly cooked and delicious; a step above other local pubs in this area.
    We were served by my friend Tim who was very helpful with explaining the menu and very well mannered table service. The staff have a great sense of humour and are always happy to help with anything.

  • ((((( 16 January 2018 by Rich from READING

    Very friendly from the minute we walked through the door.

  • ((*** 11 January 2018 by Christopher from Reading

    Overall the location and atmosphere were very good, the staff were friendly ,but service was slow.took more than an hour to get served
    However, the food was a disappointing. Two of us ordered the special venison which was as few strips and over cooked meat. My partner enjoyed the Turkey, but the roast potatoes were not crisply and some of the veg was undercooked. Considering the price it was poor value

  • ((((( 31 October 2017 by Anne from Reading

    A varied choice if dishes were on offer. All that were tried were lovely. The Lamb Shank special was gorgeous. The service was excellent

  • (**** 26 October 2017 by Bern from London

    Had the roast dinner the turkey was dried out looked like leather it was not edible the roast potatoes only Luke warm . They did agree the turkey was not fit to eat and reduced the price

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