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.

Now check out our new and amazing drone video... And New Winter Menu...


 Specialists in Private Functions

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. Please see our menu pages for ideas, or give Wendy a call on 0118 947 3908 for more details or a one-to-one meeting.  


Customer Feed Back:

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 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.

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'.