The Shurlock Inn Reading

British, Steak·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of The Shurlock Inn Reading

Bronze Award

This gastropub was built way back in the 17th century in the village of Shurlock Row. Things probably haven't changed very much since then; these days, the focus is on British steaks, gin and ales. But while it's ye olde worlde all the way from the outside, the look inside is bang up-to-date – more metropolitan cocktail bar than country pub. The space features a dining room which boasts an open kitchen, along with a saloon bar that comes with a double-sided fireplace.

To eat, there's a line-up of seasonally changing dishes made where possible with local produce. Expect the likes of home-cured smoked pork belly with a caramelised apple purée, a white onion risotto with truffle crème fraiche, or steaks from the pub’s very own butchery.

After-dinner treats include a cocoa croissant pudding with clotted cream ice cream or an apricot and lemon tart, while wines come from across the globe. Kids' menus, roasts on Sundays and a seasonal outdoor kitchen make The Shurlock Inn a true all-rounder.    

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, Steak
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Live music or dancing, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Found in Reading, The Shurlock Inn (not to be confused with Baker Street’s most famous detective) is a charming 17th-century pub and restaurant which serves a menu that champions ingredients made by local, British producers.

The Shurlock Inn may be centuries old, but this is certainly not a pub that is falling apart. In fact, the dining room here is a contemporary and stylish space, complete with cosy tub chairs in colourful hues, jazzy tiled flooring and corner banquettes that are ideal for small groups. There is also plenty of natural light, thanks to large windows and a skylight on the ceiling, while the well-kept beer garden is the place to be on sunnier days.

The a la carte at The Shurlock Inn is a modern British affair, which makes the most of seasonal and regional ingredients. You can begin your meal with nibbles such as rosemary almonds or marinated olives, before moving on to starters proper including a tomato and spinach tart of fillet steak tartare topped with an egg yolk and served atop beef dripping toast. For main courses, choose between the likes of pan-fried halibut with Jerusalem artichoke and rainbow chard, or slow-roasted pork belly with cabbage and creamed potato. If you’re feeling indulgent, instead opt for a steak from the grill, all of which come complete with your choice of sauce.

To round off your meal, tuck into a sweet treat such as lemon meringue shortbread with raspberry sorbet or chocolate and hazelnut praline with whipped caramel. If you prefer savoury delights, check out the exclusively British cheese board.

Children are welcome too at The Shurlock Inn thanks to a dedicated kids menu offering up macaroni pasta and chocolate brownie, while on Sundays the whole family can enjoy a classic roast complete with all the trimmings.


Can you book The Shurlock Inn Reading?

Yes, booking in advance is recommended but walk-ins are welcome when there is space.

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Does The Shurlock Inn serve vegetarian options?

Yes, there are vegetarian options on the menu.

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Is The Shurlock Inn child-friendly?

Yes, children are welcome and there is a dedicated kids menu.

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The Shurlock Inn Reading is featured in


The Street, Shurlock Row, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 0PS

0118 934 9094 0118 934 9094


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Mon 17:30-21:30
Tue 17:30-21:30
Wed 17:30-21:30
Thu 17:30-21:30
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Mon 11:00-23:00
Tue 11:00-23:00
Wed 11:00-23:00
Thu 11:00-23:00
Fri 11:00-23:30
Sat 11:00-23:30
Sun 11:00-22:00
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-22:00
Sun 12:00-20:00


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