Baxters

Great food, coffee and service, this place has it all!

Coffee shops in Pangbourne

A family run restaurant that is professional, not stuffy. Serving delicious food with a smile.

Open for breakfast and coffee, home baked cakes and pastries or a meet up with friends over brunch.

Millionaire shortbread coffee shops Pangbourne

They also open in the early evening on a Friday and Saturday for sharing platters, tapas and a glass or two of wine.

Sharing platter restaurants in Pangbourne

Baxters Kitchen Cafe have created a modern-rustic look and feel that complements an interesting menu.

Restaurants in Pangbourne Baxters

Pamper Evening

RELAX, GET PAMPERED AND SUPPORT THE PANGBOURNE VALLEY PLAYGROUP
Pamper Evening 2020 – The Elephant @ Pangbourne

Our annual Pamper event that provides an unforgettable experience of relaxation to every guest. A number of local therapists and stallholders will offer different kinds of massage, reflexology sessions as well as techniques that connect mind, body and soul alongside some beauty treatments.

Also, this year we are going to host some speakers who will raise some issues related to healthy and meaningful lifestyle choices for discussion.

The entry is £5 which includes a drink on arrival.
Treatments are £10 each and last for 15 minutes.
Appointments available from 7pm till 9.45pm.

Tickets are now available and all money raised will be donated to the Pangbourne Valley Playgroup.

0118 9841661

www.pvpg.org.uk

The Swan

A very nice surprise to be taken out for a birthday treat to The Swan in Pangbourne.  A lovely walk in the crisp cold air, past the station nestled right along the river which I can imagine would be a wonderful view in the summer months.

Inside was very warm and welcoming and we had a lovely dinner, I had the steak which was cooked to perfection, and my husband enjoyed the flat iron chicken which he too thoroughly enjoyed.  The service was professional and efficient and they too are running a special Monday – Wednesday til November, for 30% off all main meals which was a nice surprise for a week dinner out.

       

Finn Hair & Beauty

The beautiful Pangbourne village has a lot to offer of various amenities, and is definitely not short of hair dressers and barbers!  Along the high street you can find Foresters or Finn Hair.  I decided to try out Finn hair and beauty as I was desperately in need of a cut and blow way.

From the initial call to make the appointment up until I left I was treated with the most incredible welcoming service!  The reception lady was so welcoming, taking my coat, explaining who my stylist was and surprising me with a further discount of 20% til the end of October! Such a Great surprise!

My stylist was really knowledgeable and ensured she completely understood what style I was after and ended with a perfect cut,  A wonderful cuppa coffee was offered and the overall experience was truly magnificent.  I have been to many hair stylists in the past but this by far was one of my favourite experiences and I can highly recommend them!

Cozze Restaurant Pangbourne

New Italian opened in Pangbourne

     

A little bit of excitement surrounding the new opening of the Cozze Italian restaurant last month.  Beautifully decorated with a very relaxed yet contemporary and classy feel to it.  Lovely open windows and lots of space inside so no need to feel squashed.

Went out to both support the new business and treat my brother who was visiting from abroad after a longs day site seeing in Reading.  We were politely and quickly greeted from the moment we entered and the service was definitely attentive and great.  Having taken our 2 small children with too, we were given some colouring activities as well as crayons to keep them busy so this was very well appreciated.

The food was fresh and well presented.  We went for the set menu, burgers and pizza for the kids of which all was really enjoyable.  Definitely a great day out.

                                          

 

 

Beale Park Pangbourne

Situated along the River Thames, between the lovely villages of Pangbourne and Lower Basildon in Berkshire, England is a 30 acres outdoor wildlife park called Beale Park.  It has a wonderful collection of small exotic animals, farm animals, birds, landscaped gardens and lovely children play areas all with a splash pool.

 

Beale Park was formed by Gilbert Beale in 1956  who decided to give this beautiful 350 acre, Thames-side park land to ‘the people’ by converting it from private farmland into a non-profit making, charitable trust.

Some of my favourite animals that can be found there are are the South Africa iconic blue cranes, meerkats for the fellow saffas, and the jumping ‘duikers’.

   

My other favourites was the wallaby, some gorgeous macaws and parrots and even some reindeers! Yes really reindeers!

     

Theres also some cheeky monkeys, racoons and fun playing lemurs!

 

They also have some bee hives with a little outlook and some educational fun facts about bees which is great in teaching the importance of keeping bees safe.

A truly great day out for the whole family for animals, walks, picnics, adventures and making memories.  Each ticket also includes a free train ride which takes you through the whole park and is great for adults and kids!

Here’s a link to their website for more information 😉

www.bealepark.org.uk

 

Reading Farmer’s Market

Today I went to the farmer’s market in Purley on Thames, at the Barn in Purely on Thames and was honoured to meet such a friendly and passionate farmer who gave myself and my children the most sweetest and freshest carrots to try! They were scrumptious in deed and was so amazing to support local farmers! His name Duncan and is 4th generation of a line of farmers! Something so close to my South African heart! The moment he heard my Saffa accent, he offered me some amazing gem squashes and explained how he supplies a few of the local safe shops around the area even going on to Bristols, Aylesbury and Swindon.

So if you ever in the area, please support the locals! He is at the Barn in Purley on Thames once a month on a Saturday, however can also be found in Great Knolley Street, Reading, on the 1st and 3rd Saturday.  He’s also at Mccarthy Glen in Swindon on Sundays!

 

Fresh veg, affordable prices and friendliest service!

 

There are loads of other vendors for the freshest eggs, meats, honey, pastries and breads.  Theres also some lovely hand crafted items.  I decided on a chicken and bacon pie and brownies for our dinner! Delicious!

Theres also a lovely play area which the kids enjoyed and lovely open spaces and jungle gym! A great day out for the family, and supporting local businesses! Bosh and WiN!

Pangbourne Library

On the high street in Pangbourne is one of my favourite places to take the children, Pangbourne Library.  It is very well run and so neat.  The most simplest process to apply for library cards which gives you access to borrow 15 books at a time.

There is a range of books for children and even for some hobbies and cooking. Should you wish to search for a particular title, you can do it all online and even reserve the book.  Your cards also gives you access to all the other libraries in Berkshire.  You are also apply to access the internet with computers in the library and can also use the printer for a minimal fee for assistance with CVs, school projects or like me printing off an amazon bar code 😉

They also have local activities with arts and crafts with the elderly, story time for the toddlers, and reading competitions during the summer.  Inside are also loads notices and pamphlets for things available around the area that one can attend like shows, fetes, events etc.

Extremely polite, efficient and well looked after, definitely a place to visit.

You can visit their website for more information on whats on and their opening times.

pangbournelibrary@westberks.gov.uk

Telephone:

0118 9844117

Pangbourne Recreation Ground Play Area

 

Pangbourne childrens playground and recreation area

One of my favourite places to go to is the Pangbourne Recreation Ground. It is a beautiful large green space stretching over about  8 acre’s of land.  It is right by the  River Thames adjacent to the Adventure Dolphin Centre.  My favourite place is to take my pictures with the beautiful view of the Whitchurch Bridge running over the River Thames.  It is truly something out of a magazine.

I love going with the children, a picnic basket, blanket and some balls to play footie with my kids who love the openness and are able to run free with such a picturesque setting.  It is usually filled with couples, families, young and elderly some with their dogs, others jogging or playing games and others fishing once the season starts.

It gets even bigger at watching the various boats big, small, cruisers, barges going past all very eager to wave at us on the grass.

In the top corner of the recreation grounds by the sports hall is a gorgeous childrens playground equipped with  a rubberised bark flooring enclosed so that children don’t run out.  There are  swings, rope swing, a climbing frames for toddlers and older children, a witches hat, rockers, a pirate play boat, monkey bars and a fireman’s pole.

Outside the gated play area is yet another large playing field which is often used for football training, games but also a great space for other ball games, frisby or kites.  There is a  fabulous zip line, basketball and football nets, tennis courts and a nice walk along the Thames River.  Truly something for everyone.

There is free parking available at the Pangbourne Recreation Area itself which is accessible via a narrow (almost hidden) access road at the end of Thames Avenue (gates open 8am – 8pm).  Here there is toilet facilities which are open between 8am-6pm.  Alternatively there is a Pay and Display car park nearby if needed just off the Whitchurch Road B471 .