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Royal Stag

01753 584231

The Green, Datchet, Berkshire, SL3 9JH

This pub is the oldest house in Datchet, dating from the 1400s, though there have been many alterations and additions since then. The building belongs to the Barker Bridge House Trust which funds projects of benefit to the local community. The story of the Trust, and of the Elizabethan charity which preceded it, are told in more detail below. From the churchyard the oldest part of the building can be seen, and also how the whole front block with its pillared and porticoed doorways, has been added on to it in the 19th century. The pub's sign has stood across the road on the edge of the Green, as it does now, since at least 1850.

The building may have been an alehouse from the 1500s and was at first called the Five Bells from its proximity to the church. Later it was the High Flyer, changing to the Royal Stag in 1796. The building is reputed to be haunted, though there is no evidence at all for the story of the ghostly hand print said to appear on a window pane, which is most probably a modern hoax.  And unfortunately for those who like a mystery, there is a rational explanation for the presence of a broken tombstone in the rear bar.

  • Food served daily
  • Sunday lunch
  • Real ales
  • Quiz night every Tuesday
  • Beer garden
  • Children & dogs welcome
  • Live music