The Great Shefford

4.5
44 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 44 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
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4.3
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4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KeithM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well priced for very good quality pub food. Friendly helpful service and well located for a lovely countryside walk

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TatianaS
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely location, nice building and good food. Nice ample outdoor seating.

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Claire
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Look forward to returning when can go inside.Outside fine and felt safe.Could look bit prettier,need more heaters.Staff friendky and efficient.

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IslaS
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit in 2 days as I was so impressed the day before. The food was excellent, tasted amazing, the only downside was having to eat outside which is only because of covid, they do have blankets if you ask... excellent!! I’ll be going again

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PeterM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a great meal,the food and service was excellent. Shame it was a bit cold but otherwise enjoyable. Will come again

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Will
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lovely pub garden but service seemed slow and left waiting a long time for meals and drinks.

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Richard
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well looked after on a very cold April evening by Georgi and the team, food delicious and great value. They even had blankets for extra warmth! We loved the new covered outdoor seating area with plenty of tables and room, despite temperatures of 5c we ended up staying late!

Richard

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IslaS
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food reasonable prices and friendly service... I can’t wait until I can go here and dine indoors!!
Went back here the next evening as it was so good.

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LindsayB
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First night after lockdown, lovely food, great staff. Will be back very soon x

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ANDREWB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening - had fab fish and chips and lamb curry. Great food and great service!

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SteveM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We didn't have any food so cannot comment on that. Sat outside so fairly quiet but good atmosphere and lovely setting with flowers and the River Lambourn with ducks nesting. It was a lovely afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing food. Customer service top class. Everything is spot on .Definitely be back .

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A200
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in. Probably the best burger I have ever had in a pub.
Friendly and efficient service.

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JoD1
Devon
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d never been to The Great Shefford before but chose it as a halfway house to meet up with family. We’d booked separate tables but the staff sat us close enough so we could chat. The food was absolutely delicious, we all highly rated our meals. The service was in obtrusive but efficient and friendly. We would definitely return.

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SueW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely evening at The Great Shefford - the shin of beef was superb. Such a shame the current rules couldn't allow more people to enjoy an evening out.

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Clare
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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JoeT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was really nice, staff and their service was 5*. Food was really great, we will definitely be back. 10/10 from us. Thank you.

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TracyC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal , while feeling completely safe. All COVID rules followed. Looking forward to going back .

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ChrisT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been several times and it never fails to please with very good service and food. Social distancing and Covid aware service excellent

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PeterR
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Great place for date night!!!

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TomV
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommended! Great food and friendly staff!

JL
JanetL
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This establishment was excellent
From the moment we walked in to the moment we left we could no5 fault one thing
The staff greeting and serving were friendly and attentive
The food was cooked perfectly and was presented well
Drinks were served appropriately in nice glasses
The whole pub was clean and warm
We enjoyed it so much that we rebooked to take our family back on 21 December

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Booboo
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Really great to get out again after the lockdown and the food didn’t disappoint. Just one niggle it was on the cool side heating wise

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mauriceK
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food. Nice pint. Clean and felt safe with good covid procedures in place. Very nice staff.
Would defiantly visit again.

CJ
CatJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food was really really poor tonight- such a shame as it’s usually fantastic!

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BrianD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food . Service friendly and good.
Ambience depends where you sit , near the river is best

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ANDREWB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and lovely restaurant & pub. Really enjoyed our evening

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RichardD
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The quality of the food and service was very good. The attention to detail was noteworthy.

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ChrisT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A really enjoyable experience. Staff charming. Food was excellent and well presented. Only drawback was the door to the patio area. Left open many times by smokers and leavers. It’s a fire escape door so difficult to close from the outside.

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PaulF
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. The redecoration makes it a special place

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Katy
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and great service. Would highly recommend the Sunday roast!

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SteveD
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was top notch!!
Will be back again real soon.

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davidg
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent evening , this was our 4th visit and pleased that the overall standards are being maintained especially during this difficult times. Many thanks see you soon.

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KateN
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great location. Food is good. Staff are friendly.

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MattR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very friendly, fantastic interior design.....and the food was perfect!

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GillT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Background Music was a little loud.
The food was very good, though the starter of goats cheese mousse was over salted.
Service was very good.
Would recommend it as a place to dine with friends.

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JASJAC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcombe from staff. Nice ambirnce. Beautiful interior designed. Deliscous food. Great servuce.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Specials were special, a la carte was very good and service was well mannered and attentive

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HannahP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening and the food surpassed all of our expectations. Great friendly service in a stunning setting. We will be back!

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HarleyF
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really good evening here last week! Food was really good and the staff were lovely!

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 44 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.