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Foodie find was a special start to 2016

THE Baskerville in Shiplake is undoubtedly a foodie find. With the most wonderful position, ambience and hospitality, my

THE Baskerville in Shiplake is undoubtedly a foodie find. With the most wonderful position, ambience and hospitality, my January blues were simply washed away, writes Katie Thomas.

The location, close to the river, train station and stunning Thames View walks could not be better.

The sun shone through the pretty leaded windows, and the olde worlde beams added to the characterful ambience.

We were greeted by an incredibly hospitable Kevin and team.

Kevin has taken over as landlord, with his parents owning the Baskerville for the past 12 very successful years.

The magic that he now creates through amazing food, an 80-strong wine selection and optimum presentation, is something that other establishments can only aspire to.

The menu is seasonal yet classic, embracing everything from pub classics for an everyday lunch to very special dishes for a real treat.

Starting with scallops with bacon and award-winning black pudding, the succulence of the scallop was superb.

For mains, we chose a goat’s cheese and spinach roulade (from a fantastic vegetarian selection) and a beautiful bouillabaisse.

My vegetarian main was such a plethora of freshness and flavouring, complemented with a seasonal salad and light dressing. The bouillabaisse incorporated an amazing sauce and seafood such as mussels, tiger prawns and Atlantic cod. The presentation was amazing, the taste even better.

To conclude, a dessert platter seemed the only obvious choice.

This was a plentiful selection of the most decadent of delights: crème brûlée with a fine dashing of vanilla pod, profiteroles smothered in rich chocolate and piped to perfection, and an amazing popcorn-topped offering with the best salted caramel sauce I have ever tasted.

And this was only three of the fantastic array.

The meal was superb, the attention to detail exquisite and the hospitality warm and attentive.

The Baskerville would be the perfect place for a catch-up with friends, corporate meet, or indeed a special occasion with the roar of the fire to keep you comfortable.

We cannot wait to visit again and would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking for something with a community spirit, fantastic food and generally something more than a little bit special.

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