Harvester Taplow

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Harvester Taplow Restaurant   Map ref: External site
Bath Road, Taplow Tel: 01628 630817

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This building used to be The Dumb Bell until it was refurbished and opened as a Harvester restaurant in November 2001. From the outside the building looks plain and disappointing - they've also got rid of the children's play equipment which was in the grounds of the Dumb Bell, which is a shame. Inside however looks clean and smart, particularly the entrance area which includes a warm and welcoming real fire. The twee country look that Havester restaurants have traditionally been blessed with has been toned down - not one horse-drawn plough in sight. What is in sight however is the kitchen area and a spit roast with chickens turning slowly, generating quite a smell - good for getting the appetite going....unless you're a vegetarian of course. There are display cabinets on the walls with rose patterned crockery, still life pictures and mock ceiling beams. Quiet pop music is heard in the background. Other points to note are the small smoking area to the left and the disabled toilet/baby change area (which mums will pleased to hear is open to both male and female parents). Tables are placed in secluded dens and cul-de-sacs off the main thoroughfare - making a quiet place to chat.

Menu includes Gammon, egg, tomato and chips for 4.99 and Chicken triple (chicken in three varieties) and chips for 6.95. A pint of bitter is 2.60 and an orange juice and lemonade is 2.05 (85p + 1.20). A children's menu is provided with burgers and fish and chips - all the children's meals include free soft ice cream. Children are fairly well catered for, with high chairs and table activities (a book and some colouring pencils). The adult meals include a visit to the salad bar; a selection of around 12 salad items plus rolls and dressings. Our service was slightly disappointing but we'll put that down to the restaurant being newly opened. Our food arrived remarkably quickly and was tasty and hot. See also The Ferry, another Harvester but much older and right by the river in Cookham.

On 18 February 2002, Liz Allsopp writes:

Only last week went out to eat in the newly refurbished Harvester with 3 friends enjoying a tepid meal with chewey lamb and inedible chicken. However the service was quick, salad fresh and our waitress couldn't be more helpful but we won't be going back.

Photo taken November 2001

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