Celebrating 20 years at the Shoulder of Mutton, 2000-2020.


WE ARE OPEN!   Woohoo!

During the three and a half months off we have found the time to re-paint the pub, both inside and out, and we have invented a new soft drinks range- Playhatch Presse. We look forward to sharing them with you and hope that you like them as much as our friends and family have.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic regulations you will notice a few changes to the outlay of the pub, obiding to the 1m+ social distancing rule. You will follow a one-way system as much as possible. The menu has been reduced and printed on disposable paper. Cushions and home comforts have been removed.  The staff will be wearing face coverings and disposable gloves. However, we have tried to maintain the cosiness as much as possible and have confidence that you will feel as happy as possible during your visit to us.

As a customer, we ask that you stay aware of the staffs' safety at all times. ALL customers will be recorded (name, telephone and postcode) by law. We ask that you bare with us if we are a little inundated with all this, we can be a very popular pub. Please click here for more information on what we are doing to keep both you and our staff safe during this time.

Take-aways- We are now offering Take-Aways! Yay! Our current menu can be found on the Main Menu page. It is a new mix of lunch and evening 'most popular' dishes. Printable from home, or take a menu away in house when you are dining here- for future use.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes, Alan, Wendy and Thomas  XxX 

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We LOVE catering for private functions! We specialise in customer care and attention to detail. Catering to your personal requirements and putting an individual touch on every party. Be it a celebration of life, a wedding reception, an anniversary or special birthday.

With our beautiful country cottage garden, sunny patio and light and airy conservatory, there is not a nicer pub for miles to celebrate your al fresco occasion. With prices starting as low as £13.75 for a weekday finger buffet, barbeques from as little as £21, or for less than £30, enjoy a three course sit done meal. All menus are individually discussed to meet your requirements and all food is freshly cooked by our Head Chef and Proprietor of 19 years - Alan Oxlade.

Call now on 0118 947 3908 to check availability and book a meeting with us.

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January 2019- Fab news- we were recently listed in Berkshire Life magazine as one of 10 best pubs to visit in Berkshire, to quote:

"There's a welcoming open fire here as well as conservatory to dine in on sunny days. It's a good choice for family outings as the menu is varied and there's a large walled cottage garden. Sunday lunch is exceptionally popular, so make sure you book. This could well be down to superb roasts being very good value at £12.25."

It was a complete surprise to us, but we are so grateful. 

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Customer Feed Back:


Dear Alan and Wendy, Thank you and your staff for a very successful evening. Everybody had a really nice time and the food was superb. Amazing given the difficulties with no oven. The staff were excellent. They were attentive but not too much as everyone was socialising but seemed to know when things were required. Well done to them both. Alan did an amazing job. With so many menu choices and to get it all out in good time and hot. I can’t speak highly enough of everyone concerned. A big thank you from the Sonning Common W.I. ladies who attended.

J.Handley, 7th  January 2020

Dear Wendy, your husband and all your staff, Thank you so much for the funeral reception you laid on for my mother. Everyone present said how lovely it was at 'The Shoulder'. You, your staff and the ambience of the setting made for a very relaxed atmosphere. The food was absolutely excellent and everyone commented on it...Gillian, January 2019

Dear Wendy, Thank you for the delicious meal we had on Christmas Day. Our thanks also to your husband for producing  such lovely food and to the young ladies who waited on us. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves... Gill and Geoff , December 2018

Many thanks for organising the lunch on Wednesday. The Shoulder of Mutton was an excellent venue, very good food and attentive service despite the busyness of the day for the staff.   . . . . Feb 14th 2018

Dear Wendy and Alan,
Thank you and your team for looking after us so well this afternoon for my mother in law’s wake. My wife Carol and I have had nothing but compliments for our choice of venue,  for the food provided, the whole ambience of the pub, the convenience of the  conservatory along with the cosiness of the bar area. It all worked very well and we all felt very much at home.
 You might like to know that we had family from Bermuda, Switzerland, the West Country and Northumberland there today, as long as some of us more local to you.
 Thanks again to all of you. Best, Francis Newman, February 2018
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 21 successful years running his own restaurant business: 19 of those years here at the Shoulder of Mutton! He was previously in Farnham Drive, Greenwillows Restaurant.

He says hard work, determination and not drinking too much of the profits have played a vital part in his success. I believe his wife Wendy was key myself ;-)

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'.