Food and Drink

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The Bull

The Bull Inn plays a very important role in the rich history of Sonning. Originally called the Church House the Inn provided sustenance for Pilgrims visiting the relics of St Sarik at the adjoining St Andrews Church.

Famously mentioned in J K Jeromes memorable 1889 book ‘Three Men in a Boat’ it brought Sonning to the attention of a wider public. In 2005 the Bull featured in an episode of the widely acclaimed BBC series tracing the books original journey and provided one of the highlights of the series.

Today the Bull Inn is continuing to refresh both visitors and residents alike and remains a superbly picturesque venue both from the much photographed outside to the beautiful beamed interior. The bar featuring beers from one of Britains best brewers, restaurant and rooms have won acclaim not least from 2 of the 3 Men in a Boat.

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The French Horn

Once a coaching inn run by Mrs French, now a much-loved and beautiful venue for the best in fine food and wine. The Times recognises the French Horn as one of the country’s top twenty restaurants with rooms, many of which have superb views of the Thames. After a drink in the welcoming bar or on the riverside terrace, you can enjoy seasonal menus with a distinctively French flavour prepared by Head Chef Josiane Diaga and her team. In addition, traditional English specialities include a delicious steak and kidney pudding and glorious Aylesbury duck roasted on a roaring fire.

For reservations, menus and special offers see or telephone 0118 969 2204.

The Great House

Situated in a delightful riverside location beside Sonning’s iconic 200 year old bridge, you will find The Great House Hotel.

Food and drinks are served daily throughout the year and outdoor dining is available all summer in the beautiful garden. The Great House is the perfect choice for wedding ceremonies and receptions in elegant function suites. We can also cater for business needs in modern conference rooms. With 50 bedrooms, in a relaxed and rural location only 30 minutes on the train from London, The Great House is the perfect hotel destination.

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The Mill at Sonning

The Mill at Sonning, one of the gems of the area, was converted from an 18th Century Flour Mill, the last working water powered mill on the Thames, to a Theatre over 30 years ago. The stunning conversion has produced a marvellous Dinner Theatre seating over 200 in a very special setting. The theatre has deservedly earned a National and International reputation not least from the many stars that have performed there.

Details of the Theatre and the programme of Plays, Concerts and Comedy events together with the star participants and details of the facilities at The Mill at Sonning can be found at

The Tea Garden at Sonning Lock

We are hopefully that later in 2023 the Tea Garden will re-open. Watch this space for further info.

The Village Hamper

In the heart of the village The Village Hamper is a great cafe for drinks, cakes and meeting people and also doubles as a local village store. Opening hours are:
Mon: 8.30-5
Wed: 8.30-5
Thurs: 8.30-5
Fri: 8.30-5
Sat: 8.30-5
Sun: 9-5

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