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The Cunning Man

Burghfield Road, Burghfield Bridge, Reading, RG30 3RB

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  •  - Berkshire
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  •  - Berkshire
  •  - Berkshire
  •  - Berkshire
  •  - Berkshire
  •  - Berkshire
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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

3.8 ((((* (based on 75 reviews)
85% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (55)
  • lunch (49)
  • value (22)
  • child friendly (21)
  • al fresco (20)
  • large parties (16)
  • views (16)
  • business (9)
  • private dining (7)
  • afternoon tea (6)
  • romantic (6)
  • entertainment (1)
  • luxury (1)
  • trendy (1)
  • ((((( 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

  • ((((* 5 September 2017 by Gary from Reading

    Nice evening, good service & good food ??

  • (((** 4 September 2017 by Theresa from READING

    In the daytime, being able to sit outside, cosy corner tables other times. On a Sunday roasts are great, which is why we went yesterday, disappointed as no roasts left. It was 7pm so next time will go earlier. Service a bit hit and miss, not bad but not great, slow and took a while for food to come out although not that busy. Also food could have done with being hotter.

  • ((((* 17 August 2017 by Karen from Swindon

    We booked a table for 8 people 1 of which was in a wheelchair but only 7 could attend. The waiter was really helpful and removed the extra places without any fuss.All our meals were very well presented and we all cleared our plates. The waiter was really patient with my sister who is mentally handicap and takes a while to eat her food but he made sure that she had everything that we ask for to make it as easy as we could for her to enjoy her birthday, even putting a couple of candles on her dessert. We liked it so much we have booked for Christmas day.

  • ((((* 3 August 2017 by Kim from Reading

    Food was very good. Very busy, so service was a bit slow.

  • ((((( 16 April 2017 by Tina from Reading

    Great menu love the pie n mash very friendly staff.

  • (**** 11 April 2017 by Jill from Reading

    Arrived 40 minutes early at just after 12 and told to sit anywhere. They had already run out of Peroni, fish and cups, sharing platters and more. The lovely weather had been forecasted for days, so no excuse. Service was hit and miss. Third visit here and each time it gets worse than the last. Could be so much better. Nothing positive to say really, sorry!

  • ((((( 10 April 2017 by John from Darlington

    We had a very enjoyable meal. Excellent steaks, good ambience and atmosphere.

  • ((*** 30 March 2017 by Pauline from Reading

    It was a set menu for mother's day

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