The Great Shefford

4.5
165 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Situated in the village of Great Shefford, The Great Shefford is a privately owned public house with a riverside terrace, a wood-burning fire, a seasonally-inspired menu, an elegant restaurant (with a private-dining annexe), a great wine list, and an excellent range of spirits (gins in particular).

The pub is managed by the team behind King Charles Tavern in Newbury and The Broad Face Abingdon. Led by Joshua Khan, Georgiana Caras (General Manager) and Kevin Mulraney (Head Chef), our aim is to offer a friendly and relaxed environment where everybody is welcome.

As this is the Valley of the Racehorse, we’ve set aside a special area of welcome for those who want to keep their eyes on events on the turf in our dedicated Racing Lounge, with wide-screen TV and up-to-date editions of the sporting press.

We are open seven days a week, from morning through to late evening, serving lunch and dinner as well as simpler food offerings such as bar snacks and sandwiches.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 165 People Are Saying
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Devondimerlin
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Not much choice for vegetarians.Had battered cod,found it a bit grey and the batter soggy.

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TammyF
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch on Monday. Lovely fresh food and really good service. Had the chicken sandwich and side salad and tea and coffee.

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Stick
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service by the staff is exceptional from the time you enter to when you leave, our Sunday lunch was perfect(would have liked a few more roast potatoes) the deserts are very nice but rather expensive having said that it would not deter us from not going back.
Joshua the finance director of the pub introduced himself to us which was a nice gesture.

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PatriciaL
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a lovely pub. I had steak and my partner had venison. Everything was perfect.

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KirstieR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely pub and friendly staff. Steak and chips was lovely. Will definitely return.

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GarethP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Popped into the Great Shefford for a Sunday evening meal to check out the new chef. Food was outstanding and service was friendly as ever.

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John
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent evening enjoying some of the best food I’ve tasted at a high quality pub/restaurant for a long time. Scallop starter has some great twists to it, steak was tender and perfectly cooked, and apple cake pudding was fantastic and completely new. Same for the rest of my friends. Service was friendly and professional. Slight delay between courses but most likely due to quality of food presented. We’ll see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a transformation this pub restaurant has undergone! Truly stylish and just the right note of informality. Delicious food attentively served. Would definitely recommend to friends.

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sharon
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food was lovely but it was a bit expensive, it's not some where we would go regularly but maybe for a special occasion. I've been to the Great Shefford a few times with girlfriends but I find it too expensive now. The service was terrible slow, even to get a drink. I didn't expect that when we had booked a table. The staff and the boss were lovely, but we won't be coming often I'm afraid. Sharon

The Great Shefford
Responded on 27 September 2021

Dear Sharon, I am glad you do enjoy our food at the Great Shefford. All of our food is fresh & sourced from only the most local suppliers such as Vicar's Game in Newbury, we believe in only the best quality in both food & service. I am extremely disappointed that our service was so slow, I am currently in the process of re-training our front of house team. I do hope you return soon to see the improvements in our team! Kind regards, Jonny Dillon General Manager

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Elephant
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Good food - but poor service - gave our meals to another couple who failed to point it out until they had eaten them. Our meal wasn’t cooked until they complained and it spoiled our evening. The person in charge was a bit unfriendly. Also got wine wrong on both occasions we have been. They didn’t charge us for the main meal but we would have rather paid and had a nice evening after a busy working week.
We love the food but we won’t return in a hurry.

The Great Shefford
Responded on 27 September 2021

Dear Elephant, Firstly, please accept my deepest apologies that the service this night was so poor! It saddens me that such simple mistakes had spoiled your evening. I will be sure to re-train the front of house team and management team to ensure this doesn't happen again in the future. I am glad you took the time to leave us such great feedback & I hope the next time you return with us, our entire team will be more on the ball. Kind regards, Jonny Dillon General Manager

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JillF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience. Choice of dining areas. We didn’t want fine dining so opted for the lunchtime bar menu. Fish and chips superb. Staff friendly and attentive.

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Mike
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for lunch and were well looked after by the staff. The food was excellent, but the portion sizes are small which reflects the high standard of cuisine. So nice to have imaginative beautifully presented and delicious food. Keep up the good work.

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vipGrainneO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food ,attentive service .Looking forward to returning soon .

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Elephant
Devon
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food!! What a treat. We had scallops and venison- as good as anything we have eaten, including Michelin starred.

I felt that there was a disconnect between the quality of the food and the pub though. It’s beautifully refurbished but it’s odd to be eating such high end food with people walking past you to the beer garden carrying beer and without masks.

I also think that having heaters outside is not appropriate given that we are in a climate crisis

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Ellsp
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Beautiful pub in a great location, didn’t order from the new menu as it’s a bit gamey for my taste, we had a burger and sausage and mash, tasty meals but would have been nice to have more than 1 sausage cut into two and a smear of mash. Desserts were great.

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anon
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisitely presented, the staff were charming and professional.

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Endeeo
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch of roast pork loin was wonderful with good selection of veg cooked to perfection. The pannacotta dessert was to die for. Lovely friendly service to boot. For what more could one ask.
Nice to be able to add gratuity rather than have it taken as in neighbouring village pub.
All around excellent.

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AndyS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The 3 courses we both had were all really excellent but our main courses superb. One of us had the bream and the other the hake and both were cooked perfectly and the sauces with both dished went really well.

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PeteM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite customer service
Good varied menu
Great table service .

The Great Shefford
Responded on 11 September 2021

Dear PeteM, Thank you so much for your kind comments! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind regards, Jonny Dillon General Manager

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PeterW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Upper mid-range venue with lovely view of a stream at the rear - plenty of indoor and outdoor seating without overcrowding. Good selections of food and drink, staff very attentive, attractive decor.

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Richard
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another great value and exceptional dining experience made all the better buy the very friendly hands on team

The Great Shefford
Responded on 4 September 2021

Dear Richard, Thank you for your lovely review! It is fantastic to hear the team looked after you so well! I look forward to seeing you in the future, Kind regards, Jonny Dillon General Manager

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easiyeaters
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely location good ambiance above average pub menu,well cooked and presented. Friendly helpful staff

The Great Shefford
Responded on 4 September 2021

Dear easiyeaters, Thank you for your lovely review! I have passed on your comments to the team and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind regards, Jonny Dillon General Manager

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NeilR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and friendly service in a beautifully positioned pub

The Great Shefford
Responded on 4 September 2021

Dear NeilR, Thank you for such a positive review! The team and I look forward to seeing you in the future! All the best, Jonny Dillon General Manager

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Nick
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience in the dining area. Lovely ambiance and nice music. Brilliant food and drink. Good value and friendly service too. Recommended!

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Nikki
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink, staff make you feel remembered and welcome. Great setting

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SueW
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place and visit as often as I can. The food is fabulous and as well as the usual pub classics always offer some slightly different dishes. If the weather is nice the terrace is a wonderful place to spend time.

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JaneH
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We had a very good dinner, delightful and friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and friendly staff!

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BridgetS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely new menu, beautifully cooked and presented. Nice not to have an overflowing plate, quantity does not equate with quality. Very good serving staff too.

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Nora
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely peaceful place beside the river Lambourn. Food good value and well presented. Clean and tidy with attention to small details of cloth napkins, water with ice and lemon and a fresh flower on the table. Staff efficient and friendly.

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ReneeW
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Although we had a good evening, the Hake was not cooked properly which spoilt the main course. We did mention it to the waitress, but whether she reported it to the kitchen, we don't know. It should always be reported back, as people disappointed with their food are likely to not go back, so a little thing like this is easily avoided.

Good choice of wines.

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ClareH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely setting by the river, great service too. Not huge portions but enough and reasonable value for money.

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and lovely location next the river.

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JillP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at The Great Shefford . The food was excellent and good value . The menu had a good mix , we were spoiled for choice. The wine list had a good choice including a lot of wines by the glass.
The staff were attentive without being pushy . The decor was relaxing and interesting , all very comfortable.
We would definitely revisit when we are in the area .

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HelenA
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always a pleasure… food is always great… and staff always friendly and welcom8ng

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PeterC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service and food excellent, lovely to be able to sit outside in comfort with covered seating area.

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GarethP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely setting for a pub, right beside a chalk stream. We had Sunday lunch for 4 and had a lovely time. The food was good - we had roast dinners and also the vegetarian curry option (which was v tasty). The service was very friendly but a little spotty to start but I think we had a new/young server who was learning the ropes, nothing major just little things, when the pub manager stepped into help the standard we excellent.

Very reasonable bill at the end for 4 of us having 2 courses with drinks. All in all a lovely Berkshire pub lunch.

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SarahA
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch stop at J14 off the M4. Riverside view, good food and b friendly attentive service.

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BrianD
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restricted menu but good ambience by the river. Head waitress was brilliant with attentiveness and enthusiasm. The junior waitresses should emulate her.
Food was very good. Will be returning next week.

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Cindy
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely venue, really friendly and helpful staff. Clean, fresh environment. Well presented and tasty food. My only criticism would be that both Starters and Mains did take a long time to come, over 20minutes, apart from that highly recommended

FAQs

The Great Shefford offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01488 648462.

The Great Shefford is rated 4.5 stars by 165 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.