The Dumb Bell

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The Dumb Bell Pub/bar Restaurant   Map ref: External site
Bath Road, Taplow Tel: 01628 789693

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Closed in August 2001 - was transformed into a Harvester, opened in November just in time for the Christmas rush. See the Harvester entry for details.

Original review follows.

Re-opened in March 1996 after refurbishment. Owned by brewing giant Bass, the Dumb Bell (a "Big Steak Pub") is undeniably corporate and lacks the charm and individuality of other Berkshire pubs. However, put that to the back of your mind and it can be a good place to go for a meal. The pub is reasonably decorated, with a bar area to the left and an eating area to the right with different sized and shaped tables - many of which, we are pleased to report, are non-smoking. Order your food at the bar, quoting a table number. Main meals include 5 oz rump steak at 6.50 and a gammon steak with egg or pineapple at 5.95, both served with chips. Also available are baguettes, jackets, fish and vegetarian options. The menu is large and varied, Sunday roasts are also available. Choice of around 10 desserts from 2.35. The food is served at your table and, whilst not thrilling, is fresh and hot. Particularly good choice if you have children because high-chairs are available, the menu is suitable and there is a large garden area outside with play equipment (though this pub is next to the busy A4 road). Worth considering.

Julie Freeth writes on 22 March 2001:

Visisted the Dumb Bell in Maidenhead last November (2000) and a disappointing meal it was. Fresh vegetables consisted of microwaved sweetcorn. Meals were cold although only four other diners. Contacted Bass who gave us back our money for the meal and more. Said it was being closed in January 2001 and being revamped. Would not visit it again.


Picture taken July 1997

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