This year Proprietor and Head Chef Alan Oxlade celebrates 18 successful years running his own restaurant business: 16 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.


Thomas (our toddler son) is over two and a half now. He's a dreadful sleeper and we are always shattered! Apart from that, he is going great guns and thoroughly enjoyed his day out at Legoland this week.

Please note- We close on Mondays unless there is a private function. Sorry.


Feedback from happy customers...

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.

 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. Sorry about the mix-up with the booking. The member concerned thought she had booked and paid but clearly had not. We are having a fish and chips supper at our next meeting and I think she confused the payments and booking. Thank you for your understanding. Please thank the waitress for the way she calmly dealt with the situation without causing an atmosphere.

Look forward to seeing you at my lunch date.

Best wishes and thanks again.  Jane           Jan 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

"I would like to thank you all for making the family birthday celebration on Saturday so enjoyable. The food was brilliant. Everyone commented on the super food, and the discrete service you all provided."        Moira Hunt, 2013

We just wanted to say thank you to you both for the efforts you put in so that we could enjoy our anniversary dinner last Tuesday.  A number of people commented on how much they had enjoyed the food and everyone said they had enjoyed the evening.  We thought it was a great success. Your helpful, polite and friendly manner was much appreciated.       Brenda Andrews, 2013



Greene King Silent Customer awarded us 96.6% overall. 100% on all three: 'Bar service with a smile', 'Overall Satisfaction' and 'Clean and Fresh Facilities'.