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After a recent parties we recieved the following accolades:
Dear Alan and Wendy, 
A HUGE thank you for such a wonder buffet lunch for my birthday celebrations on Saturday.  The traffic gridlock in Sonning didn't help but you were able to cope splendidly with the delay in getting the lunch started.  Everyone said how much they enjoyed it and how wonderful the food was.  And it certainly was. You surpassed my wildest expectations!  We were still talking about those meringues today!  Many thanks to you both and to all your staff for your help in making it such a brilliant day for us all. I will continue to recommend you to all my friends......Very best wishes, Ros, May 2017.
Hello Alan and Wendy 
Just a quick email to say thank you for the superb food and service. The whole day went really well and was topped off by us all being able to relax and enjoy your wonderful food in relaxed surroundings.                                                          Thanks again, Fiona, October 2017 


 This year Proprietor and Head Chef Alan Oxlade celebrates 19 successful years running his own restaurant business: 17 of those years here at the Shoulder of Mutton!

He says hard work, determination and not drinking too much of the profits have played a vital part.

Please note our new opening hours- Currently, Alan is the only trained chef here and the poor old man needs time off to play with his energetic son and progress his business ideas. So we will be closed on Mondays, unless there is a private function, and Tuesday evenings until June. Please call us on 0118 947 3908 to make a booking or discuss party dates.




 Feedback from happy customers...

Thank you for a marvellous evening. Please pass on our thanks and that of our members for lovely food and arrangements. We all had such a wonderful time. The room looked great to. Best wishes and thanks again.  Jane           Jan 2017

Dear Alan and Wendy
I just wanted to thank you, albeit a little belatedly, for the excellent food and service you provided at our Christmas meal. It really was marvellous.
Best wishes, Margaret   2017

Dear Wendy and Alan

Thank you both so much for making my birthday meal so enjoyable.   The food was excellent, the setting and arrangements, service etc could not be faulted.   An event long to be remembered.   Many of my friends have said, this morning, how much they too enjoyed the occasion.

With thanks and kind regards, Rita F

Dear Alan and Wendy, 
We received numerous positive comments from the guests at yesterday's reception regarding the venue, food and service. So on behalf of the Howland family I would like to thank you for the excellent way that you looked after us. 
Kind regards,  David Howland    March 2016

Hi Wendy and Alan.
Just a quick thank you for looking after our party today. Everyone said the meal was very good and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly.
We all look forward to our next visit whether in small or larger groups.
Pam Coleman  Feb 2016

Hi Wendy and Alan.
Just a quick thank you for looking after our party today. Everyone said the meal was very good and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly.
We all look forward to our next visit whether in small or larger groups.
Our warm thanks to the Shoulder of Mutton for providing such an enjoyable evening for us. The meals and the service were excellent, and the 24 diners fitted comfortably into the conservatory, which gave a nice, self-contained, 'private' feel to the dinner. We are already looking forward to next year's meal!"                                                       
 Rob Needham, Vice President , Sonning Bell Ringers, 2016.


Hi Wendy

I just wanted to drop you and Alan a note to thank you so much for managing
my Dad's wake yesterday - for opening your pub and serving at such short
notice. It felt really special to have your venue all to ourselves.

It was great to have a venue so close to hand after the crematorium to feed
and water our guests before many of them set off on long journeys home. The
buffet was perfect - my Dad would have been happy to polish off the sausage
rolls that were left over!

Cheers,  H       March 2016

Dear Wendy and Alan (and all your staff) 
Just a line to thank you for the excellent hospitality you provided for
us and the friends of Alice Louisa on Wednesday.

The food was lovely, and the mulled cider a definite help in reviving
our spirits.
Richard Meade  Dec. 2015

Just thought I would say a big thank you to you, your husband and team for a great evening at The Shoulder of Mutton. Food was superb, service great and I really appreciate that you were able to set up just one table for us all to sit at.
Hope we weren't too noisy leaving....
Well done. Kind regards, John       Nov 2015

"Thank you to you and your team for a wonderful afternoon, for Barbara's 80th birthday .
The food- the starters, the mains and the sweets were awesome! I can say without a doubt that we all had a great  time.  I cant express how much we enjoyed it , my family and friends are still talking about it .

Thanks again, John Blyth, Oct 2015

I want to thank you and all your staff for our lovely 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration in your Conservatory. Everyone said what a beautiful venue and fantastic meal.   It is a day we shall long remember.  Beryl Wootton, September 2015

This is a BIG THANK YOU to you, Alan and Joe and any others involved, for the lunch the members of the Carers’ Club had with you in your wonderful conservatory on Wednesday 14 May. The food was excellent and everyone said how much they had enjoyed coming to The Shoulder of Mutton.    Brenda Deller, 2014



Greene King Silent Customer awarded us 99.6% overall. 100% on all three: 'Bar service with a smile', 'Overall Satisfaction' and 'Clean and Fresh Facilities'.